Catanzaro not only one to miss extra points

Posted by Darren Urban on December 8, 2015 – 10:00 am

The Cardinals have made it plain that they need kicker Chandler Catanzaro — who has missed three extra points this season — to convert the point-afters. The last two haven’t come back to bite the Cards, but they both looked like they could have (in a 26-18 win over Baltimore and a 19-13 win in San Francisco). While Cat Man does need to make those, the reality is this is exactly what the NFL was looking for when it pushed back the extra points to the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal.

This weekend, when nine extra points were missed around the league (none by Catanzaro), that notion was underscored.

Catanzaro has missed three extra points this season, but he’s not the only one. Another, in fact, is the kicker for the only team ahead of the Cardinals in the NFC standings: Carolina’s Graham Gano. (It should be noted that Catanzaro has tried the most extra points in the league at 45; Gano at 43 and the Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski, who is 43-43, are the only others to try at least 40 so far.)

Jacksonville’s Jason Myers has missed six. (Not sure how he’s still employed, to be honest.) Buffalo’s Dan Carpenter has missed four. Seattle’s Steven Hauschka and Detroit’s Matt Prater — a couple of pretty good kickers — have, like Catanzaro, also missed three. A total of 14 kickers have missed at least two extra points this season.

Again, that doesn’t help the Cardinals if a missed extra point costs them at some juncture. But it’s where the NFL was headed when the rule was changed. And more will be missed.


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23 Responses to “Catanzaro not only one to miss extra points”

  1. By Marlin on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    CatMan is a good, young kicker. Leave it at that.

  2. By 'ZonaFan89 on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    Lol at the article’s title. It’s like a town sheriff saying “well, we let a few of the bad guys get away, but we’re not the only cops to let a few escape!”

    Man I hope one of these misses don’t happen in the playoffs. Come on Cat-Man, hit those PATs!

  3. By Dynosoar on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    I love the new point after distance. I’d be fine if it was 40 yards, but 33 is good.

    This also makes a kicker and long snapper more valuable.

    Darren, one question. Has the new distance increased the percentage of 2 point conversion attempts? I recall there being discussion that this would happen, what’s the data?

  4. By Darren Urban on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    Dyno —

    RE: More 2-pointers

    Yes, those have gone up, with the Steelers alone. (Pittsburgh has tried a ton already and have set an NFL record with 7 2-point conversions.)

  5. By Dynosoar on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    I love the Rams blue and yellow uniforms so much better than the navy and taupe (gold) color they use now.

  6. By joe holst on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    Th new distance has made this kick exciting again.

  7. By Dr H on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    He’ll grow into it…..good but still young kicker.

  8. By Richard S on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    Darren Speaking of extra point attempts, the New Orleans blocked 2 point conversion the other way left me with a question. If the defense jumps offside on an extra point attempt, obviously you could move 5 yards closer for another FG attempt, but does the offense have the option of moving halfway to the goal line from where they would have been had they gone for 2 points and trying for a 2 point conversion?

  9. By Darren Urban on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    Richard S —

    RE: Offsides

    You are correct.

  10. By MostlyRight on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    I think most fans still have more an issue with Butler, for both the bad taste in the mouth left by last year’s playoff game and performance at times this year.

  11. By steve on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    Darren, Does Keim call up one of the practice squad OL (Steen) to take Watfords spot?

  12. By Darren Urban on Dec 9, 2015 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Steen

    Well, one, Steen isn’t on the practice squad. And two, they already promoted S D.J. Swearinger.

  13. By Dr. G. on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    Cards clinching playoff birth on Thursday.!! No way Seattle wins out to get to 11-5… They have us again 👊 to punctuate a loss for their season…very gratifying… And we will send the Vikings packing 👜👎 to get that 1st round bye. What a season magnifico…👌

  14. By Billy on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply


    I have been reading that the Cardinals need to win one game and the Seahawks need to lose one in order for the Cards to clinch this week. However, for the life of me I cannot come up with any possible scenario where the Cardinals lose the division after winning against Minnesota. Do you know what the scenario is for the Cards to not have clinched the division with a win on Thursday night?

  15. By Darren Urban on Dec 9, 2015 | Reply

    Billy —

    RE: Division

    At this point, if the Cardinals tie the Seahawks at the end of the season, the Seahawks would end up with the tiebreaker. So the magic number is two.

  16. By Credit Card on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply


    Can you enlighten the readers as to how Watford hurt his hand and ended up on IR, or is this more team confidential type stuff?

  17. By Darren Urban on Dec 9, 2015 | Reply

    Credit —

    RE: Watford

    That didn’t come out until after everyone talked Tuesday. I’m sure Arians will be asked about it today.

  18. By Robert on Dec 8, 2015 | Reply

    No reason to hate on Cat Man. It annoys me to hear sports talk radio shows blow it up every time he misses an extra point. Thank you, Darren, for providing some context on how this is not just a Cat Man issue. Yes, he should be making the extra points, but it’s not a gimmie anymore. It’s just not.

  19. By Scott H on Dec 9, 2015 | Reply

    I have no real concerns about Catanzaro. I think he is solid. As stated before, there is a new norm that has yet to be established in regard to an average number of x-points that will be missed during the season by even the better kickers in the league. Until then….I believe we have a solid, dependable kicker. Until kickers become perfect, that might be about the best we can hope for.

  20. By Andy Kwong on Dec 9, 2015 | Reply

    There is no doubt about it. We need a new punter. There are some decent ones right now.

  21. By CreditCard on Dec 9, 2015 | Reply

    You know when the team is doing Ok; is when: The main topic of criticism is about the punter.

    (Remember those painful days when the main topic was whether Anderson, Skelton or Hall s/b the starting QB.)

    Criticism towards Butler with the sky falling etc…, only proves the Cards are doing fine.

  22. By Travis on Dec 9, 2015 | Reply

    I think that although we are witnessing more missed PATs, the effect may have a larger impact on the kicking game as a whole. It sure seems to me like there are a lot of those “shorter” FG attempts being missed this season. I would imagine that was another aspect the rule was attempting to effect. Is there any evidence to support that Darren?

  23. By Darren Urban on Dec 9, 2015 | Reply

    Travis —

    RE: Missed field goals

    I’d have to look that up.

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