Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski Accepts Blame For Missed Field Goals
Veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski is having a rough season and things got even worse with two missed field goals against the Tennessee Titans that proved to be costly in Week 12.
With longtime punter Shane Lechler leaving the team via free agency in the off-season, many have speculated that new starting punter Marquette King isn’t getting the hold right resulting in missed field goals. Janikowski has been reluctant to place blame on King until this past weekend, but now he’s changed his stance after watching game film of his kicks via Jerry McDonald of InsideBayArea.com:
Raiders’ Janikowski absolved Marquette King of any responsibility for misses. Says he’s watched film, isn’t finishing his kicks.
— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) November 26, 2013
Before the 2013 NFL season got underway, the Raiders signed veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a lucrative three-year contract extension. Few disagreed with the team locking up Janikowski for another three years due to his sustained production on the field over the years, but now the extension doesn’t seem like a wise decision.
The Raiders have played better than anticipated this season. Head coach Dennis Allen appears to have the team in the direction of progress and as a result the Raiders may be a playoff contender in the near future, but Janikowski’s poor play may have ended any legitimate playoff hopes for this season.
Many games have been lost this season by a small margin with Janikowski missing field goals that have come back to haunt the Raiders.
In the past, Janikowski has been arguably the most dependable player on the Raiders roster, but the same can’t be said this year as he’s been extremely inconsistent. It remains to be seen if Janikowski get back on track and return to form as one of the best kickers in the NFL.