Nate Kaeding, the “mentally weak” All-Pro place kicker for the San Diego Chargers, has pulled out of the Pro Bowl due to a groin injury. His roster spot will be filled by Dan Carpenter of the Miami Dolphins.
Once again, Sebastian Janikowski has been over looked.
From a distance, Carpenter’s numbers look good but when compared to Janikowski’s, there is a striking difference in class.
Carpenter, like Seabass, only missed three field goals all year long. However, upon closer examination, you’ll notice that Carpenter’s longest make of the year was 52 yards – a mere chip shot for Janikowski.
Carpenter attempted just two kicks from 50-yards or longer while Janikowski converted an unreal six of eight attempts from the same distance, including his 61-yard bomb in the freezing cold of Cleveland in December.
The only area where Carpenter has the edge on Jano is in extra points. Janikowski was a perfect 17 of 17, while Carpenter converted 37 of his 38 PATs. Last time I checked, the kickers have nothing to do with how often their respective teams find the end zone.
While the Pro Bowl continues to spiral downward into the most over hyped scrimmage in football, it is still an honor for those selected and equates to a nice cash bonus plus a trip to Miami for the chosen. All in all, it is a reward for a season of hard work.
Considering that Carpenter is just a sophomore in the NFL and Jano is 10 years deep into his pro career, it becomes even more insulting.
Of course, Janikowski is a free agent and will surely collect a lot more dead presidents in the coming years than Carpenter. I’m guessing that a record contract for a place kicker will be a pretty nice reward for the amazing season Sebastian put together. But an all expense paid trip to South Beach would have been pretty sweet too.
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