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    Elling looks good in offseason so far...

    Here is a good article on Aaron Elling and how hes doin this offeseason... i love it and i think that he will be a solid kicker for years to come... (he just has to keep his confidence up), its a long read but its worth it, take a look...



    Vikings: Aaron Elling has a leg up
    Mark Craig, Star Tribune
    May 2, 2005 VIKE0502



    Vikings kicker Aaron Elling didn't leap off the couch and scream "Whoopie!" on draft day when the Jets selected Ohio State kicker Mike Nugent two spots ahead of the Vikings with the 47th overall pick.

    "But," he said, "I will admit I was excited."

    Like the rest of us, Elling expected the Vikings to draft a kicker.

    "Definitely," he said. "I really thought we were going to take Nugent. [Special teams coach Rusty Tillman] came to us and kind of told us they wanted to."

    Elling said he wasn't afraid of the competition.

    "As long as it's a fair fight, I'll compete all day long," Elling said. "But the problem with drafting a kicker that early -- in the second round -- is it doesn't make an even playing field."

    Just ask Doug Brien. He became an ex-Jet five days after Nugent was drafted.

    Aaron EllingMarlin LevisonStar TribuneElling, meanwhile, survived to kick another day. His only competition is NFL journeyman Jose Cortez and rookie free agent Jonathan Nichols, the 2003 Lou Groza Award winner and the University of Mississippi's career scoring leader.

    Apparently, it will stay that way as long as Elling doesn't give the Vikings reason to shop for a veteran kicker. Coach Mike Tice, who has discussed the possibility of signing a veteran before training camp, backed off that stance Sunday during the Vikings' final day of minicamp.

    "I don't foresee us bringing somebody in just to bring somebody in," Tice said. "If it isn't broke, don't fix it. That's the way I'm going to look at it. Right now, it isn't broke and he's hitting the ball real well. If it starts to look like it's getting broke, then we're going to have to fix it."

    Elling made the only field-goal attempt of minicamp, a 27-yarder, and looked strong in hitting two of his four kickoffs to the goal line with good hang time Sunday.

    "He was at 4.15, 4.2 seconds, and anything over 4 is more than acceptable," Tillman said. "Obviously, the proof is what he does in a ballgame this fall. But so far he's having a very nice offseason."

    Elling has been kicking three days a week since mid-January when he recovered from a fractured right ankle suffered Nov. 8 at Indianapolis. His confidence, which was shattered in training camp last season, also appears to have healed, said Tice, who based his observation on Elling's body language now compared to last summer's infamous meltdown.

    "When his body language wasn't good, he didn't kick the ball well," Tice said. "Now he seems very relaxed, calm and confident. I have a lot of faith in him."

    Tice said the Vikings tried this offseason to "create some real competition" for Elling, but "it just didn't turn out that way."

    "Not to put down Jose or [Nichols]," Tice said, "but [Nichols] doesn't have the leg [strength] that Jose or Aaron has, and Jose can't hit field goals like Aaron can."

    In other words, it's Elling's job to lose. Of course, that was the case last summer, too.

    Elling was coming off a respectable 2003 rookie season, having made 18 of 25 field-goal attempts. But things started to unravel as early as June when he decided to see a local sports psychologist who he wouldn't name.

    "I think it just made me think too much," Elling said. "The last thing you want to be doing is thinking all the time."

    Elling made three of four field-goal attempts in the first two preseason games. A few kicks went awry in practice. He started to press, which compounded the problem.

    Suddenly, there were too many coaches trying to help him, Elling said. One of them was Doug Blevins, a highly regarded kicking expert who isn't expected back this summer.

    "Last year, when I hit a wall and couldn't get out of it, Doug is telling me stuff, Rusty is telling me stuff, Coach Tice is telling me stuff," Elling said. "Everyone had their two cents. It was just chaotic."

    Elling was released on Aug. 31, four days after missing two of three field-goal attempts and an extra point in a 23-10 victory over San Francisco in the third preseason game. Tice wanted to give Elling one more preseason game but bailed on him after watching him shank kick after kick over the course of two days of practice.

    "It was sort of a relief," Elling said of his release. "Tennessee called me, and I went there and kicked and punted in their season opener. I got a game ball. That helped me erase the bad stuff from my mind."

    Elling returned to the Vikings as a kickoff specialist after it became obvious that 44-year-old Morten Andersen no longer had the strength to do it.

    "I look back on it and see that everything that could go wrong for me in training camp went wrong," Elling said. "It was a battle, and the battle kind of got me. But I learned from it."

    Elling said it's frustrating to hear people say the Vikings don't have a kicker.

    "I really had just one bad game, and it was a preaseason game, too," Elling said. "Even the All-Pro kickers in this league don't come out of the gate making 100 percent. I know I can kick in this league. I hope it's for the Vikings."

    It's his job to lose.

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    Re: Elling looks good in offseason so far...

    Elling looks good every year at this time, so I am not getting my hopes up for the kid.


    Personally I like nichols better and if edinger is cut, he would be way better than elling.

    I think Tice is just trying to say good things about elling to keep him confident. The problem is, if Tice has to do that, we have a problem. A kicker shouldn't need anyone else giving him confident. A good kicker is self confident, no matter how much he struggles. Elling just doesn't have that, and I don't think that is something you can teach someone.

    Hope I'm wrong, because I like his leg on FG's, lengthwise.

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    Re: Elling looks good in offseason so far...

    I don't know bout him. I still wouldn't trust him to kick us a game winner. Just too inconsistent.
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    Re: Elling looks good in offseason so far...

    "Vikes2611" wrote:
    I don't know bout him. I still wouldn't trust him to kick us a game winner. Just too inconsistent.

    Yep. I think all us vikes fans need to hope and pray that Indy gets fed up with vandy and cuts him or trades him to us. That would be awesome.

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    Re: Elling looks good in offseason so far...

    I am still reminded of those botched PAT's in preseason.

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    Re: Elling looks good in offseason so far...

    "muchluv4smoot" wrote:
    I think Tice is just trying to say good things about elling to keep him confident. The problem is, if Tice has to do that, we have a problem. A kicker shouldn't need anyone else giving him confident. A good kicker is self confident, no matter how much he struggles. Elling just doesn't have that, and I don't think that is something you can teach someone.
    Agreed! If there is one trait you gotta have as an NFL kicker, it's poise. Elling clearly doesn't have that. Sure everything is rosey now in the offseason with Tice trying to talk him up, but in the regular season when he shanks a 30 yarder and Tice starts ripping his head off on the sidelines, is he going to sulk like a little girl or put it behind him and focus on the next kick?

    I don't think he's tough enough mentally, which is a shame considering his physical abilities.

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    Re: Elling looks good in offseason so far...

    I think its a mix between giving him confidence and actually doing well.. he did kick some balls to the endzone.. and with good time.. the numbers dont lie.. i dont think he is very good but he seems like he has changed and will be our kicker this year

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    Re: Elling looks good in offseason so far...

    Only time will tell if Elling will break down... I don't really trust Elling, and I know I'm not the only one that is fed up of punting at the 30...

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    Re: Elling looks good in offseason so far...

    I just hope (to God) that we do not have any kicking woes this year! I would rather be blown out than lose by 3; especially to the ass Packers!

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    Re: Elling looks good in offseason so far...

    i dont like elling because he has a loose nut in the head. and kickers cant get rid of that like other players
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