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Saturday, January 30, 2010
By the decade: NFC West kickers

By Mike Sando

It's tough to go wrong with any of the leading kickers when selecting the NFC West's best from the first decade of the 2000s.

Jeff Wilkins (Rams) and Neil Rackers (Cardinals) each went to a Pro Bowl. Josh Brown (Seahawks, Rams) fought through tougher conditions playing in Seattle, making quite a few clutch kicks, including some from long range. The 49ers' Joe Nedney posted the highest field-goal percentage of the four while with San Francisco.

Wilkins made 20 of 24 attempts from 50-plus yards during the decade. Brown made 25 of 37. Rackers made 16 of 34. Nedney made 8 of 14.

Unable to identify a clear overall winner, I reached out to a couple veteran special-teams coaches around the league. Their basic thinking went like this:
Brown emerges as the winner, but like I said, it's tough to go wrong picking from this group.