From: United States
Some people like to give Spielman a lot of grief, but Carlson was one of the top kickers available in the draft. Spielman has made moves to develop a good roster with some good depth. Good recent acquisitions include Cousins, Richardson, and Hughes. Hunter and Cook are great young talents.
He doesn't deserve to be fired over it, but drafting a kicker with a 5th round pick is just plain stupid. There are journeymen available every year who can do an effective job.
I'd take an average, experienced (with game pressure) K every time.
I don't care how any of these young, drafted (stupid) kickers look in practice or even the preseason. Give me a guy that is proven not to rattle.
Aside from a big KR from Hughes, the special teams were a complete disaster. Directly cost us 16 points.
I'd be overjoyed with average special teams play at this point. They don't have to be great, they just should never be the reason you lose a game.