Priefer, Special Teams Group Will Prepare Two Game Plans For Janikowski

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 17, 2011 – 12:17 pm

Something happened to Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski earlier this season that hadn’t happened to him since 2001 – he missed a game. A hamstring injury has ailed the 12-year veteran in recent weeks and it caused him to miss the Raiders Week 7 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

But Janikowski was able to return after just one missed game and he’s expected to play this week against the Vikings at Mall of America Field. Janikowski is one of the NFL’s highest-profile kickers, and it’s for good reason. He was a standout at Florida State University, so much so that the Raiders used a 1st-round pick to select him in the 2000 NFL Draft. He’s known for a powerful leg, both on FG attempts and kickoffs.

“He has been special,” Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer said on Thursday. “I’ve faced him ten times the last five years being in the AFC West, and he just never ceases to amaze me in terms of his power, and just what he can generate in a small amount of area. On kickoffs he doesn’t have a long approach, even when he’s healthy. On his field goals he’s got a quick two-step approach that’s very difficult to block. But he gets the ball up in the air so quickly, it sounds like an explosion off his foot.”

Priefer also noted on Thursday that Janikowski is a crafty player who can accurately spot his kickoffs, in addition to booming them into and through the end zone. With a combination of power and accuracy on kickoffs, along with the hamstring injury that may or may not be inhibiting his power, Priefer explained to reporters that the Vikings will prepare two separate game plans against Janikowski.

“We have to have two game plans,” Priefer said. “We’ve got to have one [to] get ready for his ‘bloop’ kicks, I call them, or his liner-type kicks. And then we have to have one for his deep kicks. We go into this game having two different types of game plans for how healthy he is. He’s going to have ten days off (since his last game), and I know he didn’t practice yesterday, so he’ll be healthier than he’s been in a long while.”

Priefer will certainly watch Janikowski in warm-ups to see if the Raiders tip their hand, but he also knows that the veteran will be careful in how he warms up so as to not aggravate the injury. Either way, it sounds like the Vikings will be prepared for whatever Janikowski and the Raiders kickoff team throw at them.

“I’ll definitely watch him in warm-ups just to see how he’s hitting the ball,” Priefer said. “Being a hamstring with a kicker, obviously that’s a little more difficult, even indoors he’s got to be smart in terms of how he prepares and warms up. He might try to disguise it, I would if I were him, so we’ll have to deal with whatever he throws at us, and we’ll have a plan for both types of kicks.”

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10 Responses to “Priefer, Special Teams Group Will Prepare Two Game Plans For Janikowski”

  1. By TheRealDon on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply


  2. By radzinwisconsin on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Gary Zauner plz help this guy!

  3. By purplehaze1 on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

    how about a plan for their kick return guys?…as good as Jani is…something tells me, he is not going to run it back 100 yds…GO VIKES!!!

  4. By truther on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

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  5. By truther on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

    I have cleanly written the truth about team needs but the Nanny state wont post it

  6. By purplehaze1 on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

    truther…hahaha…good one.

  7. By Derrick.G on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

    A lot of things get blocked here…but those moldy cheeseheads keep posting there nonsense.

  8. By Rocksalt on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

    maybe we should have had 2 game plans last week……..

  9. By Rocksalt on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

    this site has much better blocking than our O line…..

  10. By guiliano on Nov 19, 2011 | Reply

    @ TheRealDon : couldn’t agree more man i hate the cover 2 it doesnt work i say it is a defense that only (blanks) play it is to easy to beat it workd for tampa for that one sb run and thats it nobody runs it look at the bears they stoppd running it 5 weeks ago and look how they r doing now winning!

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