Colts Must Critically Evaluate Adam Vinatieri Moving Forward

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Colts Must Critically Evaluate Adam Vinatieri Moving Forward

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Colts Must Critically Evaluate Adam Vinatieri Moving Forward

What did Adam Vinatieri have to say about, arguably, the worst game of his NFL career? And how should the Colts handle their Hall of Fame kicker moving forward?

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INDIANAPOLIS – He’s the greatest kicker the NFL has ever seen.

He will be a first ballot Hall of Famer one day.

But the Colts cannot ignore any future kicking issues from Adam Vinatieri.

Given Vinny’s illustrious career, he has a veto card to continue to kick for the Colts, but Chris Ballard and company must critically evaluate their kicker moving forward.

Vinny missed 3 kicks on Sunday, from 46, 33 and 29 yards, leaving 7 points on the field in a game the Colts lost in overtime.

In his last two outings, Vinny has now missed on 5 kicks, including 2 extra points, and 2 field goals of less than 30 yards.

“He’s the one guy I’m not worried about,” Frank Reich said after Sunday’s 30-24 loss to the Chargers. “We have the greatest kicker of all-time. He didn’t have a good day. There were a lot of guys that didn’t.”

Following Sunday’s loss, Vinny made it clear that there’s no physical injury that contributed to his beyond ugly afternoon.

“No, I’m fine,” the 46-year-old kicker said. “There’s no excuses on that, I just didn’t kick well.”

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Vinny did battle a knee injury in early August, but he returned to kick in Week Three of the preseason, connecting on a 49-yard field goal inside of Lucas Oil Stadium.

He’s been healthy and kicking for three straight weeks now, and was not on the team’s injury report last week.

But seeing Vinny misfire on Sunday was reminiscent of a few shaky moments last year.

Even last season, Vinny’s campaign wasn’t in the top half of the NFL.

He finished 2018 ranked 17th in field goal percentage, missing 4 field goals on 27 attempts.

He also finished 24th in extra point percentage.

Those numbers don’t include a poor playoff performance from Vinatieri, albeit in less than ideal conditions in Kansas City.

In the past year, Vinny has looked rather pedestrian, compared to a guy who has the 7th highest cap hit of any kicker in the league.

“I didn’t help them out at all, so any one of those couple misses goes through and it’s a different game,” Vinny said after the loss on Sunday. “Obviously, I feel lousy because the guys played their guts off against a really good Chargers team and they played well enough to win and I didn’t help them out.”

Vinny gets a pass for Week 1, but if it happens again…

 

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