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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.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: 1goofball4another; choker; cowboys; dancemartinadance; imasohappy; martinagramatica; nfl; thatidiotkicker; vanderblocked
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1 posted on 11/27/2006 3:15:05 PM PST by bkwells
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To: bkwells

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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To: ABG(anybody but Gore); akorahil; albee; A message; andyland; Argh; b4its2late; BADROTOFINGER; ...

NFL PING

FReepmail scott says to be added to, or to be taken off the NFL Ping list...
This is a fairly high volume ping list

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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To: bkwells
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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To: mainepatsfan

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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To: MikefromOhio

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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To: Slump Tester
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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To: 03A3; Slump Tester

Pre or post-roid Sauerbrun?


21 posted on 11/27/2006 3:25:24 PM PST by MikefromOhio (Prayers for my cousin Jeff and his family.)
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To: bkwells

Nope. He was lucky his teammates bailed him out.


22 posted on 11/27/2006 3:25:49 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Slump Tester
Field goal kickers are ALL pussies!

...but usually the highest scorers of anyone on the team. Go figure!

23 posted on 11/27/2006 3:26:05 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Elves are nothing more than evil little people who claim to work for Santa.)
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To: bkwells; Carling; Fast Ed97; Flavius Josephus; gopwinsin04; GOPRaleigh; GreatOne; highimpact; ...


Jim Rome ping
FReepmail me to get on or off this Jim Rome pinglist....

"Have a take, don't suck or you'll get run......."


The Idiot kicker has been released....

24 posted on 11/27/2006 3:26:12 PM PST by MikefromOhio (Prayers for my cousin Jeff and his family.)
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To: dfwgator
Actually, he's very accurate, he can hit an upright from 40 yards every time.

I know. He's hit it from 20 yard too.

25 posted on 11/27/2006 3:26:26 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: MikefromOhio

He better not be expecting another big pay day.


26 posted on 11/27/2006 3:26:39 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Another team will sign him within the next two days.


27 posted on 11/27/2006 3:27:27 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: mainepatsfan

no but employment would probably be nice at this point.....


28 posted on 11/27/2006 3:27:30 PM PST by MikefromOhio (Prayers for my cousin Jeff and his family.)
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To: mainepatsfan

At least the one thing the Lions have is a decent kicker.


29 posted on 11/27/2006 3:28:14 PM PST by dfwgator
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No doubt. Perhaps he needs to go to a team that's already out of it so there won't be any pressure kicks.


30 posted on 11/27/2006 3:28:38 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: MikefromOhio
I did not see that coming...

I saw it in the pre-season. There was a game when he missed nearly every FG attempt. He made one, only after a challenge was issued by the opposition on a previous play.

31 posted on 11/27/2006 3:29:11 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: mainepatsfan

They sure did... Did you catch the press conference afterwards? Parcells said that before the season started Vandy said not to worry about the kicking game... he paused and then added "I'm telling you that I am now worried about our kicker." I think it took them this long to find a decent replacement.

Gramatica better not cost the 'boys a game!


32 posted on 11/27/2006 3:29:30 PM PST by bkwells (Liberals=Hypocrites)
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To: MikefromOhio

This guy's status is falling faster than Culpepper's.


33 posted on 11/27/2006 3:29:32 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

He's a Canuck, so he could just go somewhere in the CFL.


34 posted on 11/27/2006 3:29:53 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Dog Gone
It was clear he had lost his confidence,

Much the same way a hockey goalie can loose his confidence. If you have the proven skill then the rest of it is in the mind.

35 posted on 11/27/2006 3:30:01 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Elves are nothing more than evil little people who claim to work for Santa.)
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To: dfwgator

He deserves better.


36 posted on 11/27/2006 3:31:11 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: bkwells

Or at least the next best thing.


37 posted on 11/27/2006 3:32:49 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Slump Tester
Field goal kickers are ALL pussies!

Careful, George Blanda just might kick your ass.

That old bastard was tough.

38 posted on 11/27/2006 3:33:17 PM PST by PRND21
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To: dfwgator

I think he's talked about doing just that. I'm sure Peyton Manning is laughing his ass off at the news.


39 posted on 11/27/2006 3:33:49 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: BigSkyFreeper

maybe after the season, but he must have really been regressing in practice as well.....


40 posted on 11/27/2006 3:36:40 PM PST by MikefromOhio (Prayers for my cousin Jeff and his family.)
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To: mainepatsfan

Do you think that Culpepper is in for a problem getting his starter's job back next summer?

I do if Harrington hangs around....


41 posted on 11/27/2006 3:37:09 PM PST by MikefromOhio (Prayers for my cousin Jeff and his family.)
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To: MikefromOhio

I think we learned Thursday that the problems in Detroit had nothing to do with Harrington.


42 posted on 11/27/2006 3:38:29 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: MikefromOhio

No question about it. The Dolphins are going to have to make a decision this off season because they're paying Culpepper a lot of money.


43 posted on 11/27/2006 3:39:10 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: dfwgator

Yeah but I knew that all along :)

Here's one for you....

Who is more incompetent: Isiah Thomas as a GM or Matt Millen?


44 posted on 11/27/2006 3:39:50 PM PST by MikefromOhio (Prayers for my cousin Jeff and his family.)
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To: mainepatsfan

Yep...

I hope they front-loaded that signing bonus....


45 posted on 11/27/2006 3:40:12 PM PST by MikefromOhio (Prayers for my cousin Jeff and his family.)
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To: MikefromOhio

Gee...do you think in retrospect Saban wishes he'd gambled on Drew Brees' shoulder?


46 posted on 11/27/2006 3:41:50 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: MikefromOhio

You could have them switch jobs and they still couldn't do a worse job.


47 posted on 11/27/2006 3:43:00 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

YES!!


48 posted on 11/27/2006 3:43:04 PM PST by MikefromOhio (Prayers for my cousin Jeff and his family.)
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To: MikefromOhio

I know the Chargers are playing great and Rivers looks good but imagine if Brees was still there.


49 posted on 11/27/2006 3:44:01 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Slump Tester

I remember when the NFL teams imported all these foreign soccer players to replace the straight-on kickers--"whee! I keecks a touchdown!</P>


50 posted on 11/27/2006 3:51:29 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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