Jason Sanders made two FGs, one of them being a kick that put the Dolphins up two scores. But I’d be lying, and I won’t do that to you folks if I didn’t tell you that I’m now at the point now where when Sanders comes out that I don’t immediately think about if he misses where will the other team get the ball.
It sucks because Sanders was Mr. Perfect for most of the year last year. He was automatic and I never even contemplated that he would ever miss. Now he’s missing kicks, albeit not chip shots, but kicks that he used to routinely make.
Sanders is 17 for 23 on FGs and 25 for 26 on XPs. He missed a 52 yarder yesterday and he also missed the first attempt of the last FG he made late in the 4th quarter. Fortunately, Sanders got another crack at it and was able to sneak it in.
I have no idea why this is happening to Sanders. If I’d be a millionaire. Kickers are a different brand. They have one job to do but it’s a crucial job. I don’t think this is a thing where Sanders got his money and now he doesn’t care anymore. I think and hope it’s just a comfortable thing where Sanders just needs to gain more confidence. Like Billy Ho said in White Men Can’t Jump; sometimes the ball doesn’t go in the hole. I feel like this is a thing for kickers. Sometimes the ball doesn’t go through the uprights.
It’s not like the 90s where you can be a 65-70% accurate kicker. You need to be around 90ish% to stay in the league or they just bring in another guy. Jason Sanders isn’t at that level yet but like I said, I now sweat when he trots out there and I don’t like it.