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This one's for you, Corona Doug

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Buck Melanoma, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

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    CHARGERS: Novak steeling himself for camp competition
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    Nick Novak will battle Nate Kaeding in training camp for the Chargers' place-kicking duties. Associated Press file photo


    SAN DIEGO ---- Nick Novak considers place-kicking to be a craft. The Chargers leading scorer in 2011 approaches his job as an NFL kicker the same as if he was a carpenter or auto mechanic.
    Last season, Novak stepped in when Nate Kaeding was lost for the season with a torn ACL on the opening kickoff of the season, and ended up successfully converting his first 12 field goal attempts and setting a team record for makes over 40 yards (12).
    Yet, this summer he will be the underdog in a training camp competition with Kaeding, the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL regular-season history. The two are currently taking part in the Chargers' three-day minicamp, which concludes Thursday.
    Kaeding has kicked in the NFL since he the Chargers made him their third-round draft pick out of Iowa in 2004, a special distinction for a place-kicker. Novak, undrafted after he graduated from Maryland a year later, bounced from team to team, and tryout to tryout, before the Chargers presented him with an opportunity to be their full-time kicker last September.
    Novak, who grew up in San Diego while his parents were finishing up their doctorates at USD and San Diego State, was coming off of an intense training camp competition with Nick Folk of the New York Jets, and had just been released less than two weeks earlier.
    "I came back here and was just going back to my normal routine, getting ready and waiting for the next phone call," he said. "It happened to be San Diego. And being back in town and everything, you know, it was unfortunate for Nate, but it created a great opportunity for me to jump in and play."
    He had not kicked in an NFL game since 2008, but in his first month with the Chargers he went 4-for-4 on field goals in a 26-16 victory over Miami, and 5-for-5 in a 29-24 win over Denver.
    One interested observer was John Carney, the Chargers' all-time leading scorer who had struck up a friendship with Novak when they began to run into each other auditioning for kicking openings. Starting around 2006, they began to work out together in the offseason with a group of kickers, including New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford.
    "We kicked together and worked out together and did some film work," Carney said. "And talked about what we both could do to make ourselves better. We talked about some changes that he needed to implement to get him over the hump.
    "He's a very hard worker, very religious about his training. And he has built himself into a very solid NFL place-kicker."
    In 2011, Novak scored 122 points to lead the Chargers, ending the season as the league's 11th-leading scorer despite missing a game. His 79 percent conversion rate ranked 21st in the league, but of the kickers in front of him, only three were called upon for more kicks from 50 yards and beyond than the seven he attempted.
    "He was outstanding," Chargers coach Norv Turner said. "We asked him to kick a lot of long field goals, and he made most of them. Obviously, there were a couple kicks late in the year he'd love to have back, (and) we'd like to have him have back. But that comes with experience and having played."
    Two of those errant kicks came in a frustrating 16-13 overtime loss to Denver at Qualcomm Stadium in late November. He missed a 48-yarder in regulation and a 53-yarder late in overtime.
    Novak believes that the ups and downs he has endured, the rocky road he traveled before catching on with the Chargers last year, have all been part of the necessary training in mastering his craft.
    "There were a lot of positives," Novak said. "The perfectionist that I am, I wish I did better. Like any year, there's good and bad. But overall I was happy with my performance.
    "I feel like for me, now, it's just going up from there. Me personally, I feel like I haven't hit my peak. Most kickers in the 29 to 33 (year-old) range are becoming the strongest."
    Carney feels the competition between Novak and Kaeding this summer can't help but benefit both of them.
    "Iron sharpens iron," he said. "And they're both becoming better place-kickers, and better competitors, because of the situation they find themselves in."
     
  2. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    The only thing Novak has done to impress me is to piss on the sideline without stage fright.

    Considering we have not seen Novak in the playoffs I would have to choose him as the lesser of two evils. He did have a pretty good run in the regular season but we all know that you are remembered by your playoff kicks.
     
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  3. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    And your last piss if you don't take action against the dribbles.
     
  4. Buck Melanoma

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    I guess that means that, so far, you're SOL. :p
     
  5. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Yeah pretty much. :(

    Anyway maybe the college season will be better for me this year...NOT!

    :poop: Looks like the only bowl The U will be going to is the White Cloud sponsored "Shat Bowl".:poop:
     
  6. Buck Melanoma

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    Cheer up - you could be moving to Texas.

    Oh wait .... :whistling:

    Unfortunately, it looks as though the Semi-holes may be good in the ACC this year. :(
     

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