The other day I was watching an old game on ESPN Classic Canada between Hamilton and Edmonton and it struck me that we don’t see nearly as many long field goal attempts today.
In the segment I saw, Osbaldiston made two field goals of 50+ yards. Today, you could almost guarantee that they would punt to try and pin the other team back deep, and if the other team couldn’t go anywhere they’d go concede a safety.
Are today’s kickers just not as good as their predecessors? I don’t know.
Setta made the 53 yarder at the end of last year and you still 50 yarders every now and then but it seems that they don’t try them as much now.
I understand the logic behind doing that on some level, but it would be sort of exciting to see some of those more often.