Monday, August 31, 2009

If the Ravens keep 2 kickers, it's bye-bye Hauschka

The Ravens coaching staff has to be feeling a little edgy about the way the kicking competition has unfolded. They wanted someone to win the competition through accomplishments, not by default. At this point it is anyone’s guess as to who will tee it up for the Ravens on September 13 against the Chiefs. If the team determines that they can carry the extra kicker and they then throw out the welcome back mat to Matt Stover, the extra kicker is likely to be Graham Gano. His kickoffs have been consistently deeper than Hauschka’s and his leg strength is clearly superior.


Scott said...

Tony, what do you think the odds are that the scenario you described will occur? I have been hoping this entire offseason that Stover will be back and Gano can learn from him. I will give up a roster spot for the guaranteed points that Stover provides.

Jerry B said...

Couldn't agree more, TL! Gano has the additional experience of kicking in a highly competitive conference in stadia packed with major crowds. He won the Lou Groza award as the outstanding kicker in the country and certainly hasn't "lost it" over night. But......having a more reliable Stover gives the Ravens a better chance so, I say, keep 'em both for at least one more year!