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    Longwell Makes Changes

    [size=13pt]VIKINGS: Longwell Makes Changes (September 7) [/size]

    Posted at: 09/07/2007 04:11:25 PM
    Updated at: 09/07/2007 04:48:37 PM

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    More endurance. More leg strength. A new approach to kickoffs. These are just a few of the things Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell addressed during the off-season....

    "If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"

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    Re: Longwell Makes Changes


    Longwell just has to get some air under that ball, and get more than 4 seconds air time so we can run under it and cover. No more line drives to the 10 yrd line.

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    Longwell Makes Changes

    [size=10pt][size=10pt]Longwell Makes Changes
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    http://kstp.com/article/stories/S187995.shtml?cat=7

    I don't like to read all the negative postings, but this seems to be looking through purple colored glasses, doesn't it?
    I didn't think he was kicking very well.

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    We will see, in the last preseason game I saw some boom, in his leg, but I also saw line drives to the 10-12 yard line. Easily returnable. He's got to get 4.5 seconds hang-time, down to the goal-line so we can run down field and cover it.

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    It's so important for him to be accurate within the 50 yard range. This gives the Vikes a lot more options when the team can depend on his accuracy and consistency.

    Also, he needs to drive the ball on the kick-offs, Special Teams will benefit greatly with better hang time and distance.

    I am so stoked for tomorrow’s game with the Falcons!
    It all starts up front

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    Hmmm interesting read....this just makes me more excited for the season to begin...see if these players work has payed off. I wander ho

    Thanks Josdin00 for the sig!

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    He had that really long FG in the first game of Pre.

    The other misses, I think they may have had some issues with the snap and hold.
    I remember at least one of those misses the announcers were talking about the "high snap."

    I wouldn't let it bother you about "not having a good preseason."


    IMHO, the only thing we need to worry about is something that I don't think RL can fix.
    He just doesn't have the leg to get the ball deep enough for touch backs on the kick off.
    We could use a few of those now and then.
    Without the touch backs, it puts more pressure on out ST unit, scary!

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    I love how every article I see on RL has the mention of Tiger Woods in it.

    Woods is RL's Hero!

    They are neighbors in Florida for anyone that hasn't been reading the articles.

    Chip Shots!

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    Re: Longwell Makes Changes

    "snowinapril" wrote:
    He had that really long FG in the first game of Pre.

    The other misses, I think they may have had some issues with the snap and hold.
    I remember at least one of those misses the announcers were talking about the "high snap."

    I wouldn't let it bother you about "not having a good preseason."


    IMHO, the only thing we need to worry about is something that I don't think RL can fix.
    He just doesn't have the leg to get the ball deep enough for touch backs on the kick off.
    We could use a few of those now and then.
    Without the touch backs, it puts more pressure on out ST unit, scary!
    I agree. I'm not sure about snap or hold issues on his misses. He definately has more pop this year and should continue his accuracy as the season progresses.
    He had 3 touchbacks last year. He will surprise me if he has more than that this year.
    His short leg on kickoffs is a true liability.If his accuracy wanes on field goals, he will be gone next season.
    What takes a quarterback to the next level is not arm strength or mobility or any of that stuff. Its the ability to play on critical downs. Manage third downs, or red zones or four-minute or two-minute situations"
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    Re: Longwell Makes Changes

    maybe we can draft a kicker
    We're bringing purple back.

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