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Rams kicker could make OC think twice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 9, 2012 – 8:17 am

Rams rookie K Greg Zuerlein has a big leg. He’s 7-11 from 50-yards plus this season, which has already set an NFL rookie record for most 50-yard plus makes by a rookie in a season. With successful 58 and 60 yarders under his belt this season, Zuerlein has the kind of leg that could make offensive coordinators think twice about getting aggressive on fourth down.

Offensive touchdowns have been hard enough to come by for the Rams as they have just 18 this season, third-lowest in the NFL next to Arizona (17) and Kansas City (15). Zuerlein has at least helped the St. Louis offense put points on the board from long distance.

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher isn’t necessarily conservative by nature, but in his first year with the club he’s taking points wherever he can get them.

As head coach Chan Gailey sees it, no matter how big a leg your kicker has, you can’t let it make you conservative as an offensive play caller.

“It probably does, but I’m not sure it should let it because if you start depending on that, that’s where you stop scoring touchdowns,” Gailey said in his weekly conversation with Buffalobills.com. “You don’t want to depend on that. You know you’ve got it in your back pocket, but you don’t want to depend on that in my opinion.”

Zuerlein got a game ball from coach Fisher last week, for kicking a 53-yarder at time expired in regulation to force overtime, followed by a 54-yarder in overtime to beat the 49ers.


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