I just don't see Kluwe being shown the door. unless there is something really needed about his salary, or the fact that he's entering his last year. maybe a deal gets done and he stays for less money.. or we do find some massive upgrade in the draft near round 6.
he did do some good things the special teams, we pinnned a lot of kicks. there were some flubs. not sure if it was hiim trying to aim it, place it, or just missed his foot.
i've liked what i've seen out of him for years so far, and i think we'll be hearing his name this season.. and if he comes out of his little focus funk.. for years 2 come.
Kluwe is easily the coolest player in the NFL. I hope they keep him around as long as he can kick well.
Now if Kluwe was sucking out there, then I could absolutely agree with replacing him. He is one of my favorite players, but football is a business. However, Kluwe's performance has been very good the past 8 years. He currently has the highest gross punting average in Vikings history. Last year he did have a two game streak in which he struggled a bit, but the rest of his season was decent. A completely different situation from Longwell, who couldn't put the ball into the endzone on kickoffs.
So we should get rid of Kluwe because he may not be what he was 8 years ago but yet you want to bring winny back and bring in Urlacher who is ready for the glue factory? Man, you are all over the board on everything.
Did I say to get rid of Kluwe at all? Nope! All I said was don't look at what he did 8 years ago to base a decision on. He was average last year.
The same would apply to Winfield & Urlacher. Winfield had a really good season last year & was a huge asset to the team.
Urlacher didn't have a great season last year & has lost some of his step, but he's a hell of a lot better than anyone we have at MLB right now. Like I said, I'd sign him & then draft a MLB who would be brought along with Cole with one to start next year if they pan out. Especially if he's willing to sign cheap & has an axe to grind with the Bears. He's not going to play every down which bodes well with getting the young guys some playing time.
Personally, I didn't have any issues with Brinkley and thought they should have resigned him.