12-23-2005, 01:59 AM
GETTING KICKED TO THE CURB?
The Raiders offense has struggled enough as it is; not once in the game against Cleveland did Oakland advance the ball into the red zone.
But Oakland's kicker, former first-round pick Sebastian Janikowski, has killed his team this season. Janikowski now has the lowest field-goal percentage of any kicker in the league.
Sebastian Janikowski's kicking woes have been costly for the Raiders.
That would be bad on its own. But the fact that Janikowski once was a first-round choice makes it worse. His performance has been so shaky that the Raiders will consider releasing him after the season.
Just take a look at his track record this season; there's a direct relation to the Raiders' won-loss record. Janikowski missed two field goals last weekend vs. the Browns, from 51 and 46 yards. He missed a 43-yarder in the opening-night loss to New England; a 50-yarder in a loss to the Chiefs; 37- and 49-yard attempts in a loss against the Eagles; a 45-yarder in a loss against Denver; a 29-yarder in a loss to the Jets.
He's 19 of 29 this season, but only 6 of 14 from 40 yards and beyond.
12-23-2005, 02:01 AM
Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski is on pace to have the worst season of his career. He's already missed more field goal attempts than he has any other year since his rookie season, and the former first-round draft pick is currently mired in a long slump for the second time this season.
Janikowski missed one field goal and had a second kick blocked during Oakland's 9-7 loss to Cleveland last week. He's in the midst of a 1-for-5 stretch and hasn't made two field goals in one game since going 3-for-4 in a 16-13 win over Washington on Nov. 20.
That's the only game the Raiders have won since November and the last time Janikowski made a positive impact.
"Physically I'm fine. Mentally I'm fine, too," Janikowski said. "I'm trying to get through it right now because obviously I'm struggling. It's really frustrating. I mean, I'm confident every time I go out there. It's not like I don't want to kick. It feels like I'm striking the ball good (but) it's just not happening."
Through 14 games Janikowski is just 19-for-29 on field goal attempts. The 10 misses are Janikowski's most since his rookie season while his 65.5 percent accuracy rate is the lowest among all NFL kickers.
"Anytime a player is going through ups and downs you get concerned for the guy," Oakland coach Norv Turner said. "But I said it before the season started ... he's the best kicker I've been around. He's going through a tough time but he'll come out of it."
12-23-2005, 02:04 AM
Satisfaction for Dawson
By David Schoen, STAFF WRITER
OAKLAND — Nothing personal, Phil Dawson said. Well, OK, maybe just a little.
"Yeah, they cut me eight years ago," the Cleveland Browns kicker said with a hint of a grin.
Dawson became the latest ex-Raiders kicker to beat his former team as he booted three field goals on Sunday — including the game-winner from 37 yards out as time expired — to give the Browns a 9-7 victory at rain-soaked McAfee Coliseum.
"Any time somebody tells you you're not getting the job done, I take it personal," Dawson said. "This wasn't a personal vendetta or anything. I wanted the Cleveland Browns to win this football game, but, hey, when you get a chance to play against somebody who kicked you to the curb, it's kind of nice."
Dawson, who was released by Oakland during training camp in 1998, set a career high for field goals with his final kick and is now 25-for-27 on the season. By comparison, Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed his only two tries on Sunday — a 51-yarder missed wide right and his 46-yard attempt was blocked by Alvin McKinley to set up Cleveland's winning drive — and has made 19 of 29 attempts.
"I try every week to outkick the guy I'm going against. I don't have someone across the line of scrimmage from me, so I try to outkick him," Dawson said. "Obviously, going up against Sebastian is something I enjoy because he's a heck of a kicker and has been for a long time."
With the Raiders leading 7-6, McKinley got an inside push and blocked Janikowski's kick with his left hand, giving the Browns the ball at their own 37 with 3:15 to play.
"We knew going in that if they would have made that field goal, we had to go down and score (a touchdown)," McKinley said. "We knew we had to get excellent penetration and if not block it, affect the kick."
The Browns drove to the Oakland 19, and on second-and-1, running back Reuben Droughns fumbled. Tommy Kelly recovered for the Raiders, but after a replay review the call was reversed, and Cleveland maintained possession. Browns quarterback Charlie Frye took a knee on third down and then let the clock run down to 5 seconds.
Dawson, who nailed a 44-yarder on the final play of the first half and added a 24-yard field goal with 1:48 remaining in the third to bring Cleveland within 7-6, had plenty to deal with on the final try.
Not only was he kicking toward the dreaded south end zone at the Coliseum with its swirling winds, but there were the wet conditions — Dawson slipped and fell while practicing a kickoff during pregame warmups, and Janikowski did the same thing during the game. And if that wasn't enough, the snap from Jody Littleton to holder Kyle Richardson was low.
"I trapped it," Richardson said. "It was a little low, but under these conditions I was ready for anything."
Richardson was able to get the ball down cleanly, and Dawson split the uprights to complete the comeback.
Rulon Velvet Jones
12-23-2005, 07:35 AM
Welcome to the Dallas Cowboys, Seabass.
12-23-2005, 08:38 AM
Liquior & other substances will take its toll on ones skills. Janitorcowski will find himself at his true calling soon enough, Janitor.
12-23-2005, 08:43 AM
Let's sign Jano. Him and Sauerbrun would make the best troubled kicking duo ever.
12-23-2005, 08:49 AM
Think he can score me some good ****?