Aug 18, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams place kicker Greg Zuerlein (4) kicks a 52 yard field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
I'm still waiting for Greg Zuerlein to get the chance to boot a 60-yard field goal. Even if that does not happen before the St. Louis Rams wrap up their preseaon play, they enter the season with a big advantage in the kicking game thanks to Greg the Leg.
The Missouri Western product nailed a 52-yarder against the Chiefs last week, making it look like an easy chip shot inside the Edward Jones Dome. Head coach Jeff Fisher had nothing to compare it to when asked about his rookie kicker.
"I've been around over the years some really good kickers, but he's a little bit different," Fisher said.
It came as a little bit of a shock when the Rams used a sixth-round pick on The Leg, but the team had clearly done their homework on the guy.
"Obviously he's here for a reason because of his production and his accuracy and leg strength in college," Fisher said. "We expected to see some good things but didn't expect to see at this point what we've seen. So, he has to pretty much carry over what he's done on the practice field and at our little scrimmage two weeks ago into games and get the opportunity."
Zuerlein even got a mention in Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback column, though King goofed on one essential fact in the piece. (He might have been thinking about his recurring pitches for EvoShield in his column).
Special teams coach John Fassel was given an assignment after kicker Josh Brown was cut: find the kicker you like best in college football. He did -- a kicker named Greg Zuerlein, who started his college career at Nebraska-Omaha and transferred to Missouri Western. Looked like a good choice from the 59-yarder he drilled with 15 feet above the crossbar in practice when I watched ...
Josh Brown was cut AFTER the Rams drafted Zuerlein, a move that shocked Brown. Obviously, that decision was probably made behind the scenes before the draft, but they had to make sure they nabbed the kicker they wanted before dumping the old one.
The Leg, Young GZ, whatever name you prefer, the Rams have their kicker now, and will never be more than 60 away from three more points.