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Longwell Accurate On Missed FG Last Week

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 18, 2010 – 12:11 pm

I mentioned several times in the days leading up to last week’s Vikings-Bears game in Chicago that weird things tend to happen at Soldier Field. We won’t go through all the examples right now, but there are several that come to mind immediately. And now there’s another one to add to the list – Ryan Longwell’s missed FG in the 2nd quarter of last week’s game.

The wind was whipping at Soldier Field last Sunday but Longwell appeared to have the conditions under control. He nailed 36-yard try in the 1st quarter and he was solid during warmups. As he lined up a 39-yard attempt with 12:14 to play in the 2nd quarter and the Vikings winning 3-0, the wind was still whipping and Longwell apparently was prepared to compensate for it. The trouble was, the wind changed its behavior at the last second and Longwell’s attempt went directly at the left upright and bounded away.

“That’s where he was aiming it,” Vikings special teams coordinator Brian Murphy said at his press conference on Thursday. “There was a gust going across the field and just as he goes to approach, the wind dies down and the [kick] stayed true right to where he hit it. If that wind continues on the way it was, that thing would’ve been good. Unfortunate moment in time right there.”

I offer this bit of information not to make an excuse for Longwell, but to illustrate the preparation and thought that goes into the kicking aspect of the game. Murphy and the Vikings specialists are on the field before anyone else – especially when playing on the road and in an outdoor venue – because they need to test the field and weather conditions to try and figure out what adjustments need to be made.


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18 Responses to “Longwell Accurate On Missed FG Last Week”

  1. By Robins on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    Good story! We know he is the best there is so the wind had to change! We have complete faith in Ryan. I am glad the coach is now letting Ryan kick for 3 points instead of going for it on fourth down where we end up with 0 points and lose the game.

  2. By Kelly on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    I was actually kind of relieved after Longwell missed the field goal during the Bears game, especially when the final score wouldn’t have needed it for the win anyway. As good as he is, I would hate for him to make all of his attempts during the regular season, then miss the big one in the NFC championship game.

  3. By fire childress on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    i would like to see Longwell tee up Chilly and kick him to Green Bay

  4. By VikingMike on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    Mike,
    I just don’t understand why our road record is so horrible. It’s like we can never win a road game. Is there something we put a finger on? Are we not prepared going into away games? It kills me.
    Thanks, Mike

  5. By Purple Nurple on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    VikingMike,let me help you with that question.In a word…CHILLY.You see, at home with the crowd advantage…we have SOME chance of counter acting Klink’s bulls@#t play calling.

  6. By Purple Nurple on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    …on the road the opposing team has home field advantage AND Chilly’s brainless play calling to help them with a win.

  7. By fire childress on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    we would be 8-1 with a coach like Bill B. instead we have a inept coach who couldn’t coach a pee wee team

  8. By NCViking on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    Mike you are like the Chatty Cathy doll, except you pull your own string.

  9. By fmfan on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    We would be 8-1 with a QB that would not turn the ball over so much. Brett has 21 turnovers to 10 tds in 9 games. It’s hard to win when you turn the ball over so much!!!

  10. By David Plowman on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    It is not that hard when you have defenders in your face after 1 second. Let’s stick you out there with that worthless offensive line and see what happens. Guess what TURNOVERS

  11. By Purple Nurple on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    Not to mention NO recievers open.I love Brett…but…I do think we need to mix it up with some mobile TJac this weekend.Not every seies…but enough to keep em guessing.

  12. By rocksalt on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    Right after the loss,,,,,,nothin g foer 2 days, then all this frikkin meanigless drivel about stupid stats…….WHAT ABOUT WINNING?

  13. By Justin on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    I forgive Longwell as it’s beyond his control to manipulate the wind. Longwell is great at what he does, unlike some players at other positions.

  14. By paul on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    Longwell another player develop by the Packers and another good pick-up by Chilly

  15. By mrsmiff on Nov 18, 2010 | Reply

    I agree Purp. I got love for Brett too, but there is no harm in being creative, and it could be good for Brett too in the long run.

  16. By purplehaze on Nov 19, 2010 | Reply

    longwell is the least of this teams problems, sh%& where dones one begin???

    should have canned the special teams couch weeks ago, like the dolphins did, they did a great job last night of locking down hester of the bears.

  17. By Hassan "The real 84" Jones on Nov 19, 2010 | Reply

    We should have put TJack in a long time ago given the poor play of the O-line. At least he could scroamble and keep a few more drives going throughout the game, where Favre is a statue waiting to be demolished back there

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