Last year, the Buffalo Bills said goodbye to Brian Moorman not even half way through the year and brought in Shawn Powell to fill his spot. Buffalo kept 2 kickers at the start of the season, one only for kickoffs. That didn’t last either as John Potter, a seventh round pick in 2012 was released as well.
This year, Powell and Lindell return but the story is that neither of them may be on the team at the start of the season. Buffalo used their 6th round pick and brought in Dustin Hopkins at kicker, and also brought in Brian Stahovich to compete for the Punting duties.
“I think it all depends on how and where we’re evolving and where we’re moving and what our plan is as a team, on finding the best way to win football games,” special-teams coordinator Danny Crossman said of Lindell’s chances of keeping his job. “I’ve been around a lot of veteran kickers and it can change year to year on what the philosophy of that team is and how that team ends up being built.”
With Chan Gailey’s philosophy of “we won’t try 50 yarders because statistics say we won’t make it” could allow for the Bills to try more opportunities when it comes to getting points, rather than punting.
he Vikings, last year, brought in rookie, K Billy Walsh, who was able to help them get to the playoffs by making 10 of 10 50+ yard field goals.
If Buffalo is able to convert on 10 more field goals a year, that is 30 points that could have won some games. Lindell, over the past 2 years, has not had more than 2 total field goal attempts. This points out the poor coaching philosophy for the old regime.