Nate Kaeding, You Are Fired

Posted by Claytoris | 1/18/2010 07:50:00 AM | | 0 comments »

Three years ago, Marty Shottenheimer led the Chargers to a 14-2 regular season, only to put up a stink bomb in the divisional playoff game at home against the New England Patriots. That offseason he was fired. Really, a coach was fired after a 14-2 season. I was one of the supports, in fact, because he had proven time after time that he could not get it done in the playoffs. This Chargers team was poised for deep playoff runs. So we moved on.

Yesterday, Nate Kaeding carried in a run of 63 straight field goals made of 40 yards or less, and he missed two straight from that distance. From 63 in a row, to two straight misses, not to mention another miss of over 50. The Chargers lost by three, needing only one of those three for at least a tie.

Can we ever trust Kaeding again? His rookie year, he missed a game winner in the same stadium against the same team, and then missed another against the Patriots in Shottenheimer's last game, however this was 54 yards with the clock running. It was a prayer to begin with. The truth of the matter, is Nate Kaeding has yet to make a clutch field goal in the playoffs, and he singularely, could have helped the Chargers win yesterday.

To say the team deserved to win, would not be fair, but they still could have, and that is hard to live with. I really like Nate Kaeding, he seems like a quality person on and off the field. He has been a great kicker year after year, but can he help us get to our goal? I don't know. I also don't know what the alternative is, but that was a sad performance by a very good kicker.