Monday, September 22, 2014

Garrett Hartley has the edge for Detroit Lions kicker

Garrett Hartley should be the man for the Detroit Lions.  The kicking situation in Detroit has been a disaster this season thus far as young Nate Freese just does not seem to able to get the job done missing all four of his attempts from outside of 40 yards.

When asked about the current situation Lions coach Jim Caldwell stated "“We have to evaluate and see where we are and see what the situation is. We’ll do that pretty shortly.” 

Expect shortly to be today.  Last week the Lions brought in three veteran NFL kickers in Rob Bironas, Garrett Hartley and Alex Henery for workouts, meetings and physicals.  Tragically, Bironas died in a car accident the other day.  That leaves Henery and Hartley as the leaders for the job.

Garrett Hartley would have to be the favorite.  He kicked in a dome his entire career.  He also has a Super Bowl under his belt as well as having never missed a kick in the playoffs.  The Lions have major playoff aspirations this year.  There is also a history of Hartley with current Detroit coaches.  The Lions coaching staff has previous experience with Hartley as offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and special teams coach John Bonamego coached in New Orleans when Hartley was there.

So expect a resolution today as Lions fans stew on social media about the kicking situation. 

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