I can see where serious optimists believe that but some wounds are deep. Real deep.
Did Alex Henery leave Eagles fans with a deep wound in the Eagles 26-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the NFL playoffs? In some fans, yes.
Henery was 1-for-2 in field goal opportunities and missed a 48-yard field goal in the beginning of the second quarter. And let's make no mistake about it - Henery missed it by a country-mile and the ball looked like a duck from the start.
Henery, 26, just completed his third season with the Eagles after being selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. If he had one thing going for him in his first two seasons it was his accuracy. In 2011, Henery made 24-of-27 field goals for an 88.9% field goal percentage that put him atop the list in franchise history and also put him near the top (third) for most accurate rookies in NFL history.
In 2012, he might've been the MVP on an absolutely brutal Eagles team when he made 27-of-31 field goals (87.1%), including a stretch of 22 straight made field goals. Again, another decent season.
Then in 2013 he start missing from a range where he is normally money: 40-49 yards. Entering the 2013 season, Henery was 15-for-16 from 40-49 yards but this season he was 7-for-10. One miss in 16 opportunities over the first two seasons and now three misses in 10 opportunities this season. That's not exactly a good trend.
Then there is the whole "leg" thing with Henery.
Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski researched Henery's leg and came up with some startling facts. Since 2011, no kicker in the NFL has attempted fewer field goals from 50+ yards than Alex Henery's five. Since Henery entered the league in 2011, his 51-yard "long" is the shortest of any full time kickers in that span.
From 50+ yards, Henery is just 2-for-5 in his career. No wonder his field goal percentage is high, he isn't attempting any long field goals! Save for that 63-yard attempt in 2011.
Let's take a look back to the Minnesota Vikings game in Week 15. Henery was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts but that wasn't the story of the afternoon. The story was the Eagles' decision to repeatedly kick the ball short to avoid kicking the ball to Cordarrelle Patterson.
It's very, very simple. Your kicker should be able to kick the ball out of the endzone for a touchback inside a dome. Period. If your kicker cannot get touchbacks consistently inside a dome, you need to find someone who can do that.
The Eagles coaches were worried about Henery's ability to kick the ball out of the edzone for touchbacks. They don't trust him kicking the ball over 50 yards and look no further than the amount of attempts in his career. You can do away with the lack of 50 yard kicks if he is money from inside 50 but even that is starting to waver.
General manager Howie Roseman did not give a ringing endorsement of Henery when asked about his play following the season. His response sounded hesitant to commit to the kicker which is likely a good thing.
The Eagles will probably be keeping their eyes peeled for a kicker to bring in as competition for Henery this offseason.
At this point, it couldn't hurt.
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