The unsung hero: The Jaguars rich history of strong Kickers
The Jaguars have a long tradition of solid kickers in the 25 years of the team’s existence.
Often Kickers are very overlooked players. They are usually mocked and often they are remembered more for their failures than their success. The Jaguars have a solid history of kickers and it is time they get the recognition they deserve.
Kickers are a vital part of the success of a franchise. Many times big games have been decided on the leg of a kicker. Blair Walsh, Morten Anderson, and Cody Parkey are just a few kickers that come to mind that are pretty good NFL kickers (oh, by the way, Anderson is a Hall of Fame inductee). Often these players are remembered for all the wrong reasons, however.
Few remember Walsh’s outstanding rookie season when he went 35-38 on field goal attempts, but the missed field goal during the Seahawks vs Vikings playoff game is still fresh in many peoples mind.
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It seems as though finally the luck of the kicker has changed, at least for the Jaguars as former kicker Josh Scobee was named 21st on the Jaguars All-25, which celebrates the top 25 non-active players in the franchises 25-year history.
Consistency, passion, and a clutch gene are all things that could describe Josh Scobee as a player. Some called him “Scobee Bryant” because of his ability to make crucial late game kicks. Scobee delivered many game winning field goals in big games for the Jaguars. He was in the top echelon of kickers during his entire playing career and most definitely deserves a place on the Jaguars All-25.
Josh Scobee has just carried on a legacy of very solid kickers that began with the franchises first kicker Mike Hollis. Scobee has now passed the torch on to current Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo, who has proven very reliable throughout his career in Jacksonville.
As the season draws closer, can Lambo, who has made 38 of 41 attempts over the past two seasons, will be called upon early and often if the team’s offense sputters like it did last season. Prior to last season, Lambo spoke with our own David Levin and said he wanted to finish what the team started in 2017, by getting past the AFC Title game in 2018.
We all know what happened with last season, but Lambo was almost as accurate as his 2017 campaign (95-percent success) with a 90.5-percent accuracy rate,
The Jaguars history of kickers is surely appreciated by our fanbase and a vital cornerstone of our franchise’s history.