Whiz confident in Feely

Posted by Darren Urban on October 26, 2012 – 8:01 am

There aren’t a lot of times when the kicker is talked about. It’s kind of like the offensive line in that way. They get the attention on a game-winning field goal. Or after a 61-yard field goal. Or, as is the case of late with Jay Feely, after a couple of key misses. It picks up steam a bit when reports get out that the Cards also tried out a kicker (although teams try out players all the time, not always to make a move.) Feely has missed a field goal in each of the last three games — one was partially blocked — but he also was coming off a stretch of 19 straight makes. Part of the problem is that points are of such a premium right now with the Cards’ struggling offense, those misses are magnified.

One person that doesn’t think there needs to be a ton of discussion — whether about or even to Feely — is his coach. Every player is different, Ken Whisenhunt said, but in Feely’s case, Whiz knows Feely realizes what is at stake and doesn’t sound worried about it at all.

“Jay is mentally a tough guy,” Whisenhunt said. “He’s been in this business a while, he’s made kicks and for the most part he has made them for us. You talk about it, but he understands. He understands the pressure being put in that position. I definitely have confidence he’ll get it done.”

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19 Responses to “Whiz confident in Feely”

  1. By D on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    That J Brown workout was just to motivate Jay, Mr. Feely will be solid the rest of the year…

  2. By kardnullfan on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    You don’t bring a kicker in for workouts unless your kicker is injured (Feely isn’t) or your confidence in the incumbent is very shaky. Hope Feely sticks, but he is a couple more misses away from a pink slip.

  3. By john the draft guy on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Bringing in another kicker to try out doesnt instll confidence. What it says is, I’m upset about your misses and if it continues, you will be replaced. Billichek didnt bring in a kicker after his guy missed several including a game winner against the cards.

    But , Whiz confident in Feely. I reminds me of the Jets saying we are confident in Sanchez, while trading for Tebow just in case.

    With 2 very good defenses going at each other this weekend, it could come down to a kick. Feely needs to make his kicks or he will be unemployed.

    My thoughts on the game;
    Cards are going to try to run and get off short safe passes. The niners defense will play 8 or nine in the box and take away anything short while blitzing. Fitz will draw double coverage. Skelton nees to understand he cant hold on to the ball and he cant turn it over. No way no how.
    What might be open, Housler down the seams off play action or something down the field to Roberts.
    Otherwise play smart, run the ball and punt. Let Alex Smith make the mistake, kick a FG to win 9-6. Turnovers will win or lose this game. Maybe a special team play. Field position will mean everything..
    It needs to be an ugly win.

  4. By DanishCard on Oct 27, 2012 | Reply

    8 or 9 in box and double covarage on fitz. That will be a lot of 12 men on the field penalties 🙂

  5. By philly cards on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Why bring in a tryout this week if feely is safe

  6. By john the draft guy on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good news. Skelton is 6-0 at home including a win against the niners. Fitz has 3 straight games against niners with a TD.

    Now this is a must win. Being a game behind the niners, the cards have the #1 hardest schedule left in the NFL. They can fall back 2 games. I think mentally losing 4 straight and to the niners, falling 2 games back, and going on the road against the Pack and Falcons, the 2012 season rest on this game.

  7. By Dick F on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    You have hit it right on the head. This game is a must win if the Cards go to playoffs this year. I believe it could also be a spring board for the Cards to win the NFC West. If the Cards can win this & one of the two games with the Packers & Falcons on the road, they will be well on their way to not only get into the playoffs but win the NFC West.

  8. By Dynosoar on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    John the draft guy,

    I haven’t looked at other teams, but do you really think we have the hardest remaining schedule this season? We just might, we do play 4 more games in the toughest division this year and a game against the Bears and Falcons who have incredible records.

    Based on psat performance this year, we just need 22 points to guarantee a win.

    Just like Chicago politics, throw early and throw often. I believe we should throw, throw and throw some more. Then the run game will open up and the Hyphen will break off a TD run like the one against Dallas last year. Let’s have five passing TD’s this game.

  9. By Kevin S on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Something interesting I just noticed looking back on a few years: look at the performance of kickers on potential game-winning kicks in our games since 2009:

    2009 playoffs vs. GB — Rackers misses 34-yarder with 9 seconds left (luckily we win in OT on Dansby takeaway from Rodgers).
    2010 vs Oak, we win by 1 when Janikowski misses 32-yarder on last play.
    2010 vs Dal, Feely aka Santa makes 48-yarder on Christmas w/ 5 seconds left to give us a 1 pt win.
    2011 vs Bal, Cundiff makes 25-yarder on last play, we lose after having a big lead
    2011 vs. STL, Brown’s 42-yarder on last play of regulation is blocked; PP returns punt in OT 99 yards for the win
    2011 vs Dal, Bailey misses 48-yarder with 2 sec to go in reg (this after making one but having it nullified by his own coach’s timeout); we win in OT on LSH scamper after short Kolb pass
    2011 vs Cleve and Sea, Feely makes chip shots (22- and 28-yarders) in OT to win the game
    2012 vs. NE, Gostkowski misses 42-yarder on last play (well, 2nd-to-last; Kolb had to do a kneel-down).
    2012 vs Mia, Feely makes 46-yarder in OT to win
    2012 vs Buff, Feely misses from 38 at end of regulation and after Skelton INT deep in our territory Lindell makes 25-yarder in OT to win.

    Excluding the chip shots (under 30 yards — no misses on those), that’s 8 possible FG’s of at least 30 yards to win a game on the last play (or, essentially the last play; might have been a couple seconds left on the clock in some of these games) and only 2 of them were made — both by Feely. Feely also missed one (Buff), Rackers missed one, and our opponents are 0-4 on potential game-winning kicks of more than 30 yards in the past 4 seasons.

    Feely also missed two FG’s vs. SEA last year in a game we lost by 3, but they were both pretty long (51-yarder and a 49-yarder with about 5 min to go).

  10. By Cardsgirl on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe it is because I like to think of myself as a glass half full person, but I don’t see it as a lack of confidence by Coach Whiz. If Jay continues to miss key kicks, it is nice to know that there is a kicker who you can quickly sign. How do you know that unless you have worked someone out? That is my take on Josh Brown. I hope it doesn’t come to pass not only because I am a die-hard Cards’ fan and want to see them score at every opportunity, but also because I like Jay Feeley.

  11. By LadyBird04 on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah – have real faith in Whiz’s faith in Feely. Just a bunch of hooey. Trying to find someone other than the o-line and coaching to blame. Biggest issue STILL is o-line and thier coach. No amount of excuses by Whiz will change that fact. Perfection by the rest of team “could” have won the last three games but shouldn’t the o-line at least be competent?

  12. By cobra on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    john the draft guy:

    Re: My thoughts on the game,

    I agree with you on this one, that is probably what will happen with the game plan. Cards, and SF.Everyone knows what we will do on offense. Time to shake it up a bit. Our QBs stare down their initial recevier most of the time. Maybe roll out Skelton, let him look to the flats, doube pump and go downfield more. If SF boxes us all game, our OC needs to show some deception. If we are predictable again, it will be a loss. They have an agressive secondary, have to keep them honest!

  13. By john the draft guy on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Heard we had the hardest remaining schedule on NFL network a couple of days ago.

    As for throwing, do you really want Aldon Smith and Justin Smith and others to pin their ears back and go after Skelton, who is prone to throwing INT’s ?

    Im OK with punts. Play defense, play field position, win in the special teams area, cause a turn over, keep it close. As weird as it sounds, if Big John stays away from picks early and we keep the game close, I believe he can pull it out at the end finding Larry.

    If he forces balls in to Larry early, he drops back too much allowing the rush to get to him, and we give up on the run, we cant win. We may get blown out. 3rd and 8 or 3rd and 10’s, just run the ball and punt.

    Run, screen, run, get a couple first downs and punt. If we can do this, it will open up Housler in the seams and we could have a big play off play action. Of course, if you see Larry at the line with one on one coverage, change the play and take your shot. But their is nothing wrong with winning 6-3.

    I do not believe Skelton can throw 40+ times and win the game.

  14. By john the draft guy on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    As for defense,
    Williams, Dockett and Campbell have to play lights out against the run. Acho and Schofield have to set the edges and DWash and Lenon must flow free into the back field and make some plays.

    Dwash or ADub must handle Vernon Davis. He cant beat us. And if PP wants to say how good he is, he has to shut down Crabtree. And I mean one on one with Crabtree. Fleming and Gay also will be tested. But if PP can back up his mouth, Then we can play a safety over top and CBs underneath and force Alex Smith to find windows. We can get some picks if Smith has to force things.

    This defense can not give up 17 pts in this game and win. I know 17 pts is good, but they need to find their inner 2000 Raven, 1985 Bear to win this one.

    Go cards.

  15. By Rich on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    skelton is a turnover machine

  16. By Kevin S on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    9-6, I like that score. 6 out of 7 Cards’ games this year have gone under (and the MIA game would have as well if Kolb doesn’t complete that 4th down TD with 22 seconds), and in most of those games it wasn’t even that close. For SF game it’s at 38… hmmm…

  17. By Kevin S on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Dynosoar —

    The LSH TD last year vs. DAL was a pass, not a run (although certainly I can understand remembering it as a run; he covered most of the 52 yards on his own).

  18. By Kevin S on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    Agree that our performance against the run is critical. Our 3 losses we have opponent QB’s going 33 for 70 with a TOTAL of 352 passing yards. Hard to believe we’ve lost 3 games holding the opponents’ passing game down like that (although there were a couple big plays in the STL game out of those 7 Bradford completions).

    I’m going to say A. Smith throws fewer than 25 passes and has a line comparable to last week vs. SEA.

  19. By clssylssy on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    A kicker really??? When I heard that I thought …wow…must be a mistake…sure hope so since we have other areas that need our attention more than a kicker. Feeley hit a 61 yarder then blew two chip shots…it happens…ask Tiger Woods. There are other rumors I really get excited about like rumors about Chris Ivory or Steve Jackson. Jackson is a best and made sorry work out of our team in St. Louis. The man is a best and it took practically our entire defense to bring him down. Chris Ivory is a play maker and can find holes to run through. Both of these guys would look good in Cardinal Red and if we’re shopping we always could use help with the 0-line. We seem to have so many injured I keep thinking we surely are going to be getting reinforcements…any possibilities???

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