Our final podcast of the week has hosts Chuck Zodda and Mark Schofield digging into the story of a top specialist prospect who saw himself out of the league within four years. The February 19 Quick Kicks Podcast takes a look at kicker Alex Henery, who starred at Nebraska, but found himself out of the NFL after a disastrous stint with the Detroit Lions in 2014. Topics this show include:
- Mark’s history with Nebraska football and how he found himself at the game in which Henery made a 58-yard field goal against the University of Colorado (1:46)
- Henery’s college technique and how he wound up having the NCAA record for field goal accuracy upon his graduation from Nebraska (3:08)
- The struggles of the Detroit kickers in the first half of the 2014 season and whether or not the rest of the battery was an issue as well (5:17)
- The 52-yard field goal against the New York Jets in the 2014 and the key issue that caused the miss, as well as how there might have been some red flags on earlier misses from Henery (6:40)
- The importance of scouting the mental side of the game in specialists, as Henery showed some of the best mechanics of any kicker in the last 20 years, but was unable to produce an extended career at the NFL level due to his inability to master the mental aspects (8:50)
- Whether or not an NFL GM should take a chance on Henery as a kicker to bring into training camp as competition, and the types of things that need to be examined during that stint to see if he is capable of being an NFL-caliber kicker at this point in his career (12:18)
- Our Twitter Question of the Day, “If you were conducting interviews for a team at the combine, what question would you ask to see if a prospect is ready for the next level?” (15:11)
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