I was at the game yesterday and it was terrible to watch, especially as a kicking coach. Nate Kaeding solidified himself as the most accurate kicker in the History of the NFL and has booted over 50 consecutive field goals inside 40 yards (up until yesterday’s loss) versus the New York Jets.
Nate, who was always a sure thing, missed 3 key field goals yesterday at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego CA. As a kicker you have to have thick skin and be able to move on from a poor performance. I think this is going to haunt him for a long time. As a kicker, I feel bad that he couldn’t come through and know the frustration, loneliness, and sad feelings he is dealing with now. I am a bit concerned about his future with the Chargers. Although he has been Mr. Clutch during the regular season; if you look at his stats in playoff games, they are quite poor.
I wish Nate Kaeding the best and I hope things work out for him. As a Chargers fan and San Diego resident, this weekend has been a disappointment. But what else can you say except, let’s ‘get ’em next year!’ GO Chargers!