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keg in kc
07-31-2001, 03:23 PM
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm as interested in this competition as I am in about anything else in camp. I guess it's because I think it's imperative that we go into camp with the best possible kicker.

Here's the latest (7/31):

from kcchiefs.com: TRAINING CAMP NOTES: Both place kickers worked on their kickoffs and continually placed their kicks inside the five-yard line Ö

from uwrf tc site: Kickers Todd Peterson and Lawrence Tynes were busy practicing kickoffs. Peterson kicked eight out of his nine kickoffs into the end zone, while Tynes kicked seven out of eight into the end zone. Both kickers also kicked two field goals. Peterson was good from 42 yards but missed from 38 yards wide left. Tynes was good from 38 yards but missed right from 42 yards out.

ExtremeChief
07-31-2001, 05:11 PM
I wonder how come peterson couldn't get 8 of 9 kickoffs in the end zone in game situations???


maybe the competition is a good thing...can't help but pull for Tynes though

JimNasium
07-31-2001, 10:19 PM
I'm pulling for Tynes primarily because I have never felt comfortable with any Chiefs kicker since Nick left us.

Chiefs Pantalones
07-31-2001, 11:58 PM
I'm not really pulling for anybody, I just want the best kicker out of the two to be kicking for us on Sundays this fall.

CG

not favoring...best K wins the job based on what Ganz jr. and DV think...I actually trust this staff unlike our last 4.:eek:

:D

keg in kc
08-01-2001, 12:02 AM
Just a minor update, but Adam Teicher was on the radio yesterday afternoon, and he had an interesting thing or two to say about Tynes. Basically, he talked about how the kid wasn't just a training camp body and that he really has a legitimate shot at getting the job. He also said Tynes has a very strong leg and that he had good height on his kickoffs.

keg in kc
08-02-2001, 12:34 PM
The latest (8/2):

Kicker Todd Peterson showed off his leg today in practice, nailing field goals from 43, 48, and 53 yards out. Kicker Lawrence Tynes was good from 43 and 48, but well left from 53 yards out.

Clint in Wichita
08-02-2001, 12:40 PM
Those guys almost always kick with the wind in TC.

Peterson is one big ? anywhere outside of 35 yards IMO. He's nothing without a dome over his head.

Dakota Chief
08-02-2001, 03:12 PM
TYNES for the safety of the planet, and many victories for years to come. :cool:

NaptownChief
08-02-2001, 04:24 PM
Sounds like they are both kicking well...I don't care who gets the job as long as they get the job done...

keg in kc
08-02-2001, 05:16 PM
New from the star (although some of it's old to us...):

Two kickers vying for same job keep things civil

By DOUG TUCKER - AP Sports Writer
Date: 08/02/01 14:14

RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Funny thing about kickers: they're trying mightily to take each other's job one minute, then offering one another praise and encouragement the next.

Kansas City Chiefs veteran Todd Peterson has even been passing along tips to Lawrence Tynes, the strong-legged rookie trying to boot him onto the unemployment line.

"It's obviously kind of a double-edged sword," said Peterson. "You want to be a nice guy. You want to be a positive influence on the guy. But at the same time, this is my job. This is how I make my living and how I provide for my wife and children. You don't teach him everything. It's a little dues-paying process."

A seven-year veteran, Peterson kicked 15 of 20 field goals in eleven games after joining the Chiefs last season -- good numbers, but nothing flashy. He could be facing a formidable challenge from the Scottish-born Tynes, who wowed everybody in camp on Sunday when he nailed a 58-yarder but has not been consistent.

"I don't know if any rookies this year are going to start in the NFL," said Tynes. "But I hope I'm one of them."

Peterson and deep snapper Kendall Gammon were the only members of Kansas City's generally miserable special teams who performed up to par last year. They are also the only ones still around, being led by a new special teams coach, Frank Gansz Jr.

It was Gansz, son of former Chiefs head coach Frank Gansz Sr., who spotted Tynes at Troy State in Alabama and snapped him up immediately following the draft.

"We'll find out how he does when we start playing people and getting in the stadium," Gansz said. "But he is doing some good things. I like his attitude. I like his confidence. He showed me a lot of things when I worked him out in the spring. But again, we've got a ways to go."

At Troy State, Tynes was 45-of-62 while hitting all but four of 131 extra points during a four-year career. His senior season he set a school record with 45 field goals.

Peterson has the edge in NFL experience, however. He comes into the season ranked as the eighth-most accurate kicker in NFL history, with an 80.3 percentage. He hit nine of his last 10 kicks for the Chiefs last year.

He became available to the Chiefs when he was cut by Seattle following an injury.

"I never felt good until the very end of the season, and when I felt good, I kicked well," Peterson said.

So far in camp, Tynes has been dangerously inconsistent for an unproven rookie. He's had days when he could hardly miss and days when he could hardly hit.

"Todd has an advantage. He's been in the league for seven years. I think he can get away with missing some because he's established," he said. "He's one of the better kickers in the NFL. For me to win the job, I'm going to have to make every kick."

Head coach Dick Vermeil said that he would "rather not" go with a rookie as his place kicker.

"But it depends on the rookie," he said. "If we have an opportunity to upgrade our team at that position, we will."

If their field goal accuracy is about equal, the winner of the job may be the man with the longest kickoffs. Dismissed punter Todd Sauerbrun handled those duties last year, and not very well.

"We're neck-and-neck," Tynes said.

In this morning's practice, Peterson seemed to have the better of it in field goals while Tynes may have had an edge in length of kickoffs.

"One of us is going to have to do something better," Tynes said. "I don't know when they're going to make a decision on the kickers. Hopefully, I'll win the respect of my teammates and convince coach Vermeil that he can put a rookie on the field."

If kickoffs are the deciding factor, Peterson figures he'll not be the one out of work.

"I consider it a part of the game. I take great pride in it," he said.

"I'm not going to kick 40 touchbacks but I'm going to try to hit the ball consistent, with good hang time and good depth, and directionally once in awhile to keep teams off balance."

Tribal Warfare
08-05-2001, 07:29 PM
I believe Tynes will beat Todd Peterson for the job.

keg in kc
08-05-2001, 07:42 PM
Oops, I haven't done a very good job of keeping up with this, have I.

Okay, catch up time:

Friday Aug. 3

from UWRF site: Kicker Lawrence Tynes went 4-of-4 with a long of 48 yards while Todd Peterson also was perfect on the day, hitting both his attempts with a long of 44 yards

from KC Star: Rookie free-agent kicker Lawrence Tynes was three for three on field goals with successful kicks of 43, 33 and 43 yards. Veteran Todd Peterson went two for two with successful kicks of 43 and 28 yards.

Saturday Aug. 4

On special teams, rookie kicker Lawrence Tynes made both of his attempts with a long of 48 yards. Todd Peterson made his first attempt from 43 yards out, but missed right on his next attempt from 43 yards.

The team is looking forward to the much-needed day off tomorrow. With the injury list expanding by a player or two a practice, the players that are still healthy say they're sore and tired. Rookie kicker Lawrence Tynes even admits his leg doesn't have the same power behind the ball. "This is my first one (training camp), but I can speak for Dan (Stryzinski) and Todd (Peterson). We are tired, and my leg is losing its' pop. We have been kicking a lot. I just can't wait for tomorrow."

Luzap
08-05-2001, 09:22 PM
I would be shocked if Tynes wins the job.

Especially since Peterson seems to be kicking off into the end zone.

What I'd really like to know about is height of their kicks, hang time on KOs, etc.

How can we go from having terrible kicking one year, to two solid contenders the next?

Luz
confused???...

keg in kc
08-05-2001, 09:33 PM
They'll both be playing somewhere when the year's over, IMHO.

I'm not sure it wouldn't be a wiser long-term move to keep the rookie, because we really are in a rebuilding mode, even if it is a short term thing.

I, too, wish we had more info on their height, etc. Adam Teicher was on the radio a few days ago and I got the impression that he was really impressed with Tynes (he didn't even mention Peterson as I recall) saying his leg was powerful and that he was getting very good elevation on his kickoffs. That was the same day he said that Tynes wasn't just a training camp body, that he was brought in to compete for the job.

keg in kc
08-07-2001, 04:29 PM
from kcchiefs.com:

During the 2000 season the Chiefs yielded an average of 24.0 yards per return on kickoffs. The coaches are looking to lower that stat this season as they are placing a higher emphasis on it in training camp. Last season departed punter Todd Sauerbrun shouldered the kickoff duties leaving the position vacant for someone to step up this training camp.

Todd Peterson and rookie free agent kicker Lawrence Tynes of Troy State have been competing for both the placement and kickoff duties. Each has consistently kicked the ball inside the five-yard line and putting it across the goal line and several kicks. They have also placed height on their kicks to allow their teammates time to cover the kick preventing long returns. The coaches are hoping the combination of long, high kickoffs combined with good coverage to prevent long returns.

"I'm impressed with the kicking and in fact, both kickers kicked off well this morning," head coach Dick Vermeil commented after the morning practice. "They were getting the ball to the endzone and into the endzone. Now, let's see what they do in a game. I've seen guys kick it into the back of the endzone and then get in the game and it looks like a squib kick."

Despite joining the team six games into the season in 2000 as the kicker, Peterson was not given the opportunity to kickoff. "The ironic thing to me is that I have always kicked off," Peterson said. "But it is fun, and I love it. I consider it part of the game. I take great pride in it. There is nothing more exciting for me than to seem my kickoff team go down and make a great play because it gives our defense phenomenal field position, it is a tempo setter."

The two kickers have developed a friendly rivalry throughout the competition. "It is kind of a double-edge sword," Peterson said about teaching the rookie Tynes. "You want to be a nice guy; you want to be a positive influence on the guy. I have always tried to take an interest in the guy, but at the same time this is my job. You don't teach them everything, it is a little dues paying process.

keg in kc
08-07-2001, 04:31 PM
some more from KCChiefs.com:

Q: Can you see what you need from (K) Lawrence Tynes ?

VERMEIL: "Your field goal kicker youíve got to see under pressure. Iím impressed with his kicking and, in fact, both kickers kicked off well this morning. They were getting to the endzone and into the endzone. Now, letís see what they do in a game. Iíve seen guys kick it into the back of the endzone and then get in the game and it looks like a squib kick. "

Q: How are you going to split Tynes and Peterson up on Sunday ?

VERMEIL: "I havenít made that decision yet but you can say Iíd like them both to kick. We may not (have an opportunity to) kick one (field goal)."

keg in kc
08-07-2001, 04:32 PM
Wow, it must be kicker news day!

from the star:

By ADAM TEICHER - The Kansas City Star
Date: 08/07/01 12:54

RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- The Chiefs held a one-hour practice this morning that was dedicated mainly to special teams.

Veteran Todd Peterson and rookie Lawrence Tynes continued their battle to win the placekicking job and neither showed any signs of backing down.

Peterson hit on all four of his attempts from 43, 48, 48 and 23 yards.

Not to be outdone, Tynes was perfect in five tries, from 38, 43, 48, 53 and 23 yards.

Each hit kickoffs with good depth and hang time.

keg in kc
08-07-2001, 04:34 PM
from UWRF camp site:

Both kickers were perfect today on field goals. Todd Peterson was good from 38, 43, and 48 yards out. Lawrence Tynes was good from 38, 43, 48, and 53 yards away. Both kickers also looked good on kickoffs as they were able to consistently put the ball into the end zone.