One Bad Day on Job Proven Costly for Kicker Daniel Carlson

September 17, 2018 09:06 PM

After one bad day on the job, Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson was relieved of his duties.


The team cut Carlson Monday after missing three field goals at Green Bay on Sunday.

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Dr. John Tauer, a sports psychologist at the University of St. Thomas says missed field goals have haunted Vikings fans for so many years, it's easy to lose confidence in a kicker like Carlson.  

"I think that would have been the tougher part is him feeling not just like his team still behind him, but 'is this state behind me' because if you don't have that as a kicker, as a rookie you're going to have an uphill battle," Dr. Tauer said. "In the end, my hunch is he'll land somewhere. It might be better for a change of scenery." 

It's easy to see why the Vikings drafted Carlson out of Auburn. He became one of the greatest kickers in college history, never missing an extra point in nearly two hundred attempts and set the SEC scoring record with 480 points.


Joe Mazan

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