Wednesday, July 2, 2008

David Akers: Improvement Is A Must

The Special Teams Unit of the Eagles has gotten a lot of attention this off-season.

Free agents Klecko, Lawton, and Wilson should add toughness and leadership that has been absent since Ike Reese’s departure.

The return game should be bolstered with the additions of DeSean Jackson, Quintin Demps, and Lorenzo Booker. The Eagles might actually win the field position battle!

The one weakness that has flown under the radar is the kicking game.

Can David Akers rebound from a poor 2007 season? In 2007 Akers hit on 24 of 32 field goals. A further break down of the numbers shows that Akers was only 1-4 from 50 yards plus. The numbers were equally dreadful from 40 yards plus with Akers connecting on only 1 of 6 attempts.

That means Akers was only 2-10 from 40 yards out. It used to be that if the Eagles offense could cross mid-field they had a good chance of at least putting three points on the scoreboard.

Fourth down plays where Akers used to be brought in to attempt a long field goal now became a risky running or passing play.

Or instead of an offensive play, Rocca would be brought in to pin the opposition in the twenty. The result was usually the ball bouncing into the end zone. Instead of three points and momentum, the opposition got the ball on the twenty with no points surrendered.

Akers’s reliability and big leg are now a big question mark.

Will Akers rebound in 2008? Do the Eagles need to bring in a veteran kicker for competition?

Just one more storyline to follow…

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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