This article talks about what he needed to do get back to making FGs:Cliff wrote: ↑Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:43 pmThe fact that the Vikings staff couldn't provide the same level of coaching as a private kicking coach provided in a handful of sessions isn't a feather in Zimmer's cap.StumpHunter wrote: ↑Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:05 amAfter being cut, Carlson took a few weeks with a private kicking coach to fix his issues, something he couldn't have done if we held onto him. He then went on to be the 24th most accurate kicker in 2018, and the 30th most accurate kicker in 2019. He is now 11th, with the Raiders, but that is 2 seasons of poor kicking you would have had to live through to get to what is so far an outlier with Carlson.
Maybe if we could have stashed Carlson away on the practice squad to develop him it would have worked out, but it isn't like he immediately turned into a great kicker after leaving the Vikings.
2018 was his rookie year. The Vikings cut him 2 games through it. He started with the Raiders in week 8 and went on to set a team record with 94% of his field goals made with what I have to assume was fairly minor tweaking. The guy didn't completely change his kicking style in the month between being dropped by the Vikings and picked up by the Raiders.
He took a step back in 2019 no question and went to 26th in FGs made percentage. He's currently 7th in FG% made.
That said, we can call it hindsight if we want. Either way it was a mistake in the end.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/12/20/ ... fl-career/
If Zimmer had stuck with him, there is a good chance he never makes this change and would have been cut 6 weeks in instead of 2 weeks after even the most patient of coaches would have had to cut ties with him.Carlson says things he wanted to work on because he didn’t have time in between the end of his senior season and the beginning of the NFL season to shorten his strides before kicks, with the combine, pro day, private workouts and training camp affording little time to overhaul mechanics. Now he had no job, and time to alter the distance at which he took his three steps back and two to the side.
Kohl said he noticed this flaw back in February, that Carlson’s elongated strides only helped make kicks in practice but not in games, when compact run-ups help combat charging NFL defensive linemen. Kohl, who has known Carlson for almost a decade, brought in long-snappers and holders to help. Carlson and his wife stayed with Kohl’s family for the final three days of a four-day workout. Normally Carlson wouldn’t kick on back-to-back days, but he wanted to for muscle memory. Over those four days he shortened his strides so that he stood 20 inches closer to the ball when he reached set position.
What I have an issue with isn't cutting a guy with a serious flaw in his approach, and who has struggled big in 1 of his 3 seasons away from the Vikings. My issue is that they stuck with Bailey without looking for better after that 2018 season. Blaming the holder for his failings was an indication of the lack of mental toughness that is causing him to fail now. We needed better, and it seems like we settled, something that happens way to often with this team.