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Cowboys release shaky Vanderjagt, sign Gramatica
ESPN ^ | 11/27/2006 | ESPN

Posted on 11/27/2006 3:15:02 PM PST by bkwells

Cowboys release shaky Vanderjagt, sign Gramatica

Mike Vanderjagt's short, but rocky tenure as the Cowboys' kicker is over.

ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Dallas has released Vanderjagt and signed Martin Gramatica to replace him.

The most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history, Vanderjagt, who signed a three-year contract worth nearly $6 million as an unrestricted free agent this spring, has converted only 13 of 18 field goals. That's only two fewer misses in 11 games than the nine-year veteran had in the past three seasons combined.

In his eight seasons with the Colts, a tenure sometimes marked by petulance and marred by a long-standing feud with quarterback Peyton Manning, he converted 87.5 percent of his field goal attempts.


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1 posted on 11/27/2006 3:15:05 PM PST by bkwells
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Well he had a better season than UF's kicker, but that's about it.


2 posted on 11/27/2006 3:16:53 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: bkwells

Field goal kickers are ALL pussies!


3 posted on 11/27/2006 3:17:11 PM PST by Slump Tester ( What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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4 posted on 11/27/2006 3:17:12 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: bkwells

A stunning development. I guess the 'Boys don't want to risk losing any games, which I can understand ... but Gramatica?! This Bucs fans remembers all too way "Automatica's" fall from grace.


5 posted on 11/27/2006 3:17:47 PM PST by JellyJam (Best headline ever: "The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists Are Muslims!")
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To: bkwells

It's remarkable. That one missed kick has just ruined him.


6 posted on 11/27/2006 3:17:57 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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The most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history, Vanderjagt, who signed a three-year contract worth nearly $6 million as an unrestricted free agent this spring, has converted only 13 of 18 field goals.

Thirteen? I would have thought it was lower than that. His accuracy is atrocious.

7 posted on 11/27/2006 3:18:31 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: JellyJam

make that "all too well ..."


8 posted on 11/27/2006 3:18:42 PM PST by JellyJam (Best headline ever: "The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists Are Muslims!")
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To: BigSkyFreeper
Thirteen? I would have thought it was lower than that. His accuracy is atrocious.

Actually, he's very accurate, he can hit an upright from 40 yards every time.

9 posted on 11/27/2006 3:19:58 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Did you see him on Thanksgiving? He barely made that easy chip-shot FG ... then Romo joked with him on the way to the sideline and he was in no mood. He's clearly lost it.


10 posted on 11/27/2006 3:20:21 PM PST by JellyJam (Best headline ever: "The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists Are Muslims!")
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To: bkwells

Color me shocked. It was clear he had lost his confidence, but the Cowboys had spent a lot of money on him.


11 posted on 11/27/2006 3:20:24 PM PST by Dog Gone
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Holy Crap!!!

I did not see that coming...

Unfortunately for them, Gramatica is just as shaky....


12 posted on 11/27/2006 3:21:32 PM PST by MikefromOhio (Prayers for my cousin Jeff and his family.)
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Neither did I. He must be just as bad in practice for the Tuna to cut him loose.


13 posted on 11/27/2006 3:22:23 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: bkwells
converted only 13 of 18 field goals

Nick Novak of the Redskins is 5 for 10. Is there a place kicker rehab place anywhere? Lou Groza clinic?

14 posted on 11/27/2006 3:22:57 PM PST by leadhead (Itís a duty and a responsibility to defeat them. But it's also a pleasure)
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Field goal kickers are ALL pussies!

Yeah Slump Buster. I'd like to see you in a fight against say, Vanderjagt, Hunter Smith or maybe Todd Sauerbrun. When was the last time you saw a game...1980?

15 posted on 11/27/2006 3:23:25 PM PST by 03A3
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To: mainepatsfan

Missing 2 FG's at the Indy game didn't help him either...


16 posted on 11/27/2006 3:23:31 PM PST by bkwells (Liberals=Hypocrites)
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To: mainepatsfan

yeah especially bad in practice.

So who in the NFL needs a kicker badly?


17 posted on 11/27/2006 3:23:44 PM PST by MikefromOhio (Prayers for my cousin Jeff and his family.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

I think it was also his short kickoffs that doomed him. Parcells doesn't want to have two kickers, so if Vanderjagt couldn't even kick off decently, he was of little use.


18 posted on 11/27/2006 3:23:47 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: bkwells
Gramatica?!

Don't think he's gonna be the ticket!



Yeah, yeah, I know . . .

19 posted on 11/27/2006 3:24:48 PM PST by blues_guitarist (I'm black so I can say it! . . . LOL!! . . . Hey Kool-aid!!!! . . . As in the days of Noah!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

I like Romo.

Every time the camera catches him, he has a big smile on his face. He is having fun just being on the field (and not a bad season, now).


20 posted on 11/27/2006 3:25:01 PM PST by TomGuy
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