This guy is in desperate need of some quality FG and kick off coaching based on the few times I have watched him practice including today.
Without going into too much detail he has got to get the mechanics down right and work on a consistent approach to the ball. At one time I don’t what he was doing with his holder and the snapper - CP -at the end of training but he looked to be dithering around with what the holder was doing or the ball spot, rather than focused on what he has to do and that is kick the thing through the uprights. (okay so there is a lot of detail…lol).
It is the holders job to get the ball down and laces away. Just do the kicking, Duncan for crying out loud! Do YOUR job, not worry about his or the snapper other than if it goes awry. Reduce this guy’s decision-making to the kick itself. His cockiness seems to be a bit of a factor here.
I am not sure, but from outside the fence admittedly, he may be changing the angle of his approach to the ball when he kicks based on the distance he is faced with. That - if true- is going to be problematic and lead to erratic kick results.
He measures the distance back from the spot and then goes off that line sideways making the measure seem irrelevant. That is not looking to be helpful. His steps to the ball seem consistent if stuttered a bit. He does not kick like a soccer player.
Practice FGs from all angles and distances. They seem to have him just at one distance or thereabouts most of the time so he looks to me more like a guy at a driving range just letting out shaft. When both the kick team and an opponent is lined up it may take more time but you got to move the angle and the ball around to simulate the game situation where he is spotty.
Why can’t he hit FGs on his own at training using the uprights that are on wheels? Not seen that in 3 times out there but I don’t know what he does on his own.
Kick offs- All kickers at practice take a few “chip shot” kickoffs on their own just in case they might need it later in a game. I know the Lions don’t do this like the old Lions did with Lui who had some skills with this but I have seen Duncan a few times on his own taking a whack at a few all by himself.
This guy has NO idea of how to strike a ball that would work on one of these. None probably as Wally Buono has been his coach and they don’t do the trickery too much. When I see how he strikes the ball to go short it looks more like my wife swinging her foot at my butt when she’s mad.
If they ever need a short kick we are screwed if he doesn’t bring a hand bag to the game. Better still, line Brett Anderson up next to Duncan and have him take a short kick to the left. Or, teach DO to kick some left footed as that might make him see what he is not doing right with his kicking leg.
Do they ever get O’Mahony on film at training??? Or have someone watch the guy on his own?
While I am going on about this. Why isn’t the greatest kicker in CFL history not brought into work with this guy or review his progress or training regimen or something? Lui P works for the Lions I think.
Wally should get over the fact that Lui was never a Stampeder and bring this guy to training. This is a great coaching staff and a great head coach but why would you not use all the resources on Mr. Braley’s payroll to assist a guy who is having some FG problems? Wally can still teach him all he knows about punting being a former kicker and all that.
Does Braley ever ask that question or is that Wally’s department alone. I know if I owned a team I’d be quietly asking that question of the right people.