Longwell’s Steady Swing Not Taken For Granted

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 19, 2010 – 10:11 am

NFL kickers often fall into the “don’t notice them unless they mess up” category, along with long snappers, offensive linemen and team website writers.

But that’s not the case in Minnesota, where everyone from the website writer to the head coach has taken notice of the consistency and reliability with which Vikings K Ryan Longwell performs. Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress, when appropriate, includes Longwell and the entire special teams effort in his praise while assessing his team’s performance after a game. And we’re on record here of acknowledging Longwell’s solid performance during the course of the 2009 season.

Longwell had perhaps his best season as a Viking in 2009, converting 26 of 28 FG tries and 58 of 59 PATs to finish 3rd in the NFL in scoring. While not perfect, Longwell’s record this season has been outstanding nonetheless, especially in light of the NFL standard both in the regular season and the postseason.

In going 26 of 28 on FG tries during the 2009 regular season, Longwell made FGs at a 92.8% clip. The NFL average during the regular season was 81.3% (756 of 930). In the playoffs, Longwell is 2 for 2 this year but the league average in the postseason is 57.7% (15 of 26).

“To have a guy like Ryan Longwell be able to bang a couple of those through, it’s a huge factor,” Childress said when asked about his comfort with Longwell. “To go down to the end of a drive and come away with no points is disheartening. To be able to get yourself three points, you would like sevens. It is nice to have a guy that has only missed a couple.”

Of the 2 FGs Longwell has missed this season, 1 was blocked (at home against San Francisco). The only true miss was on the road at Carolina, when Longwell nailed the right upright on a 39-yard attempt. With the only miss of the season coming on the road and with the Vikings history of FG kicking in NFC Championship Games (at the 4:15 mark), the Vikings and Longwell will be mindful of preparation and consistency as they prepare to hit the road again this week and play at New Orleans in the NFC Championship Game.

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16 Responses to “Longwell’s Steady Swing Not Taken For Granted”

  1. By VikingsDefenseFan on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    If I’m not mistaking.. 2 out of those 28 attempts, were blocked. Longwell would’ve made those too. But perhaps it’s better to shake off negative vibes first.

  2. By Jon on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Hey! I’m a Bronco fan, but your site is pretty awesome I must admit. I have a Broncos blog “Broncos Zone” and we’ve named “our” best rookies of 2009, Phil Loadholt is one of the 3! Check it out, and let me know what you think. Good luck in the playoffs.

  3. By sg Peterson on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Mike,

    I’ve been researching the NFL/NFC Championships and the AFL/AFC Championships since 1960. Only two teams, one in each Conference, have played in at least one of these championships at least once each decade. Guesses?

    The Raiders and our MN Vikings.
    (MN 1970 Super Bowl occured during the 1969 season; therefore, stats record it as the 60s). We should hear more about the long-term success of the Vikings in the National media, but it is usually Cowboys, Giants, 49ers, etc. Let’s get our Vikes promoted.

  4. By VikingsDefenseFan on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    My mistake, one block, and one miss.

  5. By Dennis on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikes have a pretty poor post season record, being tied for the most Superbowl losses with four and since then, having lost their last four attempts at a N.F.C. title game. I think the media tend to shy away from picking the Vikings in these big games because they do have a tendency to play conservative.
    In spite of how well they have played in their last two games, no one is really giving them much of a chance to win this next game. Maybe the emotion that Favre brings to this team along with his big play ability will change the way the Vikes go into this game.
    I hope they don’t start off trying to run the ball with A.P and end up with a couple three and outs. Lets face it, A.P. has not done well lately and i hate to see them start off too slow. They need to jump on them fast and show them some things that they haven’t seen before. They will take Rice out off the game so Harvin will have to come up big. Lets not forget about Chester either…He’s mister reliable!

  6. By moorevikes on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    ryan, from all viking fans we appreciate everything you do. it seems alot of teams in the playoffs are having problems making fg’s and when we can count on you making that 50 yarder to win the game it is huge load off our and the teams shoulders. same with kluwe banging out a 50-60 yard punt or pinning our opponent back in the 10. you guys are truly masters of your craft.

  7. By jimbo92107 on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    I hate the Dallas Cows, and I hope all their kickers miss half their kicks forever!

    Thank you, Ryan Longwell!

  8. By Tro on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply


  9. By jim on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    we also had a kicker that had a good field goal streek and missed against the dirty birds

  10. By Lito on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Well done Ryan and the whole specialty teams unit. In the next two games, everybody has to contribute. I hope you guys continue to dominate. Run up the score. You guys have multiple weapons. Use them. No excuses.

  11. By moorevikes on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    jim- why? makes no sense.

  12. By steve on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    keys to win in new orleans …cannot give up big plays on punts or kickoffs(nice to get a few)..need to run the ball much better inside but also outside…no turnovers….play calling has to be better and smarter (even last week some questionable decisions (giving dallas the ball back before halftime)…limit new orleans to field goals as i believe they will be in our red zone a few times ….

  13. By Thor on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    This is going to be our toughest game yet. Away games have presented us with a huge disadvantage, averaging only 2.5 points over opponents. Meanwhile the Saints are averaging 12.55 points over opponents at home. If we are going to win this one, we are going to have to do it by winning the Turn Over battle, which is a large task. The Saints are +11 in turn overs while we’re only +6. It’s a tough task at hand, but I believe that our boys have been saving the best for the end.

    Time to pull out all the stops and win this game with every ounce of effort we have!

  14. By OLD SCHOOL on Jan 20, 2010 | Reply

    It’s simple, we have the #2 off., they have the #1 off.! Where the rubber meets the road is D! Us….top 10…# 2 rush…#1 sacks….Saints….not even close…in the 20,s in everything!

  15. By bigfan on Jan 20, 2010 | Reply

    good job longwell. well probably need u alot against the saints. we win this i will be jumping up and down till the superbowl. lets get r done. we need to get mean adrian needs to get mean def needs to get extra mean take the air out of brees.we can do this there both good teams its a matter of who wants it more.SKOL!!!! SKOL!!!! LETS WIN THE BOWL RUN RUN ADRIAN THROUGH THE HOLE SACK SACK LETS MOVEM BACK FAVRE FAVRE ANOTHER COMPLETED PASS KICKS KICKS LONGWELL BETWEEN THE STICKS. GO VIKS

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