The Los Angeles Rams employed Greg Zuerlein as their kicker from 2012 to 2019 but chose not to retain him in free agency this year for a number of reasons, including salary cap space and Zuerlein’s potential decline. Despite only being 32 last season, Zuerlein missed one kick inside 40 and went only 5-of-11 in the 40-49 range.
He did go 42-of-42 on PATs and has been consistent inside of a certain range during his career with the Rams and it wasn’t hard to find someone who would tell you letting the veteran kicker walk was a mistake. Especially given that Los Angeles has had kicking issues to start 2020 (the Rams lost 35-32 on Sunday and Sam Sloman missed his first field goal try) and that Zuerlein was a star for the Dallas Cowboys last week.
That has not been the case in Week 3, as Zuerlein has missed two PATs against the Seattle Seahawks and the Cowboys trail 30-28 in the fourth quarter. Another huge reason for Zuerlein’s terminated relationship with the Rams is that he missed a game-winning field goal try against the Seahawks in 2019 and he also missed a 37-yard try, his shortest missed kick of the season, in the other game against Seattle.
That’s now two missed field goals and two missed PATs against the Seahawks in his last three games against them.
Zuerlein directly hurt the Rams chances of finishing ahead of Seattle in the 2019 division race and now he could be indirectly helping the Seahawks in 2020 with his missed kicks.
Update: With 3:59 remaining, Zuerlein has kicked a 42-yard go-ahead field goal for the Cowboys