I don't think you settle for mediocrity. Well it isn't easy to find a consistent kicker, you shouldn't settle for below average just because it is hard to do better. While the Vikings weren't as horrible at kicking as you would think we were based on most fans opinions of STs, they were significantly behind the Baltimore's, Atlanta's and NE's of the NFL. There is room for improvement, and the only way to achieve that improvement is through finding a better kicker.J. Kapp 11 wrote: ↑Sat Sep 04, 2021 10:29 amInteresting stats. Thanks for researching.StumpHunter wrote: ↑Sat Sep 04, 2021 7:29 amThe Vikings have made 81% of their kicks since Zimmer became HC. That is the same as Detroit who had Matt Prater during that entire time, and kicked all of their home games indoors (something the Vikings did not do in 2014 and 2015). It is also the same as the Bears and the 3% points less than the Packers who were 12th in FGs % during that time.
In fact the Vikings were just 5 made FGs away from being average in that statistic, less than one a year. This, despite trotting out a bunch of has-been's and never weres' kickers.
And before someone brings up the Carlson stuff. The Raiders have made 81% of their kicks since 2018 when we gifted them their great kicker. The Viking's 89% of their kicks. That 89% includes the misses Carlson had for us in 2018, btw.
It actually serves to frustrate me further. If our kicking game is basically on par with all the teams in our division, then why does Mike Zimmer keep changing specialists? Maybe HE is the one who needs to learn that perfection is impossible.
Championships aren't won with sticking with mediocrity, they are won by trying to achieve greatness everywhere on the team, including kicker.