Ugh... we really needed Akers, and he didn't deliver... again. I...
"All we care about are wins, stats are for losers" - Justin Smith
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Akers has not been dependable, I'm really surprised by it.
Scout the Field Goal Kicker from Florida State as his replacement in the upcoming draft
I agree Akers has had a terrible year, but how many unemployed kickers do you think are out there that can nail a 50+ yarder regularly. He did nail his other 2 right down the middle, and Megaleg or whatever they call him also missed a long one. I can forgive misses of 50+, but the tie on our record shouldn't be there, he missed a mid 30 yarder in OT in that game. That one's not forgivable for someone of his caliber. Whats Nedney up to these days? lol
I agree he should go... he just isn't right and has cost us 2 wins.
BUT... who would take his place? Would you really feel more comfortable with Cundiff or Kaeding? Neither are really a big improvement imo.
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Eh, I'm not really big on drafting kickers. Plus, that kid has missed a bunch of extra points. I'd rather just sign a veteran who has an expiring contract at the end of the year. Phil Dawson and Rob Bironas will both be free agents and good options to consider.
Ok...here's another angle based on reading some of the posts defending Akers.
Nobody in here can say the Niners respect all of their opponents. Even in Willis' little pregame thing with the team he was saying the Rams were only in the last game because they didn't get the Niners best shot. No respect at all for the opponent. Now the D did play lights out and that's great, but it's pretty obvious that the team all the way up and down to include the coaching staff doesn't respect every opponent like they should. A message needs to be sent to the whole team that you can't just show up collect a paycheck and expect teams to roll over for you.
Cutting a veteran sends a message. If it were me...Walker and Akers would both be gone. It weakens the team a little bit...but I think the message it would send to everybody would be worth it. The team playing good ball without those two will be better than a team going through the motions with them.