NFC West: Steve McLaughlin
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Neil Rackers' sensational 2005 season as the Cardinals' kicker ranked among the three best kicking performances from 1960 through the 2007 season.
That's the verdict from Chase Stuart's exhaustive analysis for Pro-Football-Reference.com. The analysis adjusted for eras by comparing kicking performances against other performances from the same seasons.
Players associated with current NFC West franchises posted some of the best -- and worst -- performances during the seasons in question (1960 through 2007).
Among the best
3rd: Rackers (2005). Made 40 of 42 overall attempts, including 13 of 14 from 40 to 49 yards and 6 of 7 from 50-plus yards.
30th: Bruce Gossett, 49ers (1973). Made all five attempts during 36-34 victory at Denver.
31st: Jim Bakken, Cardinals (1967). Led NFL in field-goal percentage.
32nd: Jeff Wilkins, Rams (2003). Made 39 of 42 attempts overall. Hit 14 of 15 tries in five victories decided by a total of 19 points.
44th: Gossett, Rams (1964). Led NFL in field-goal percentage (75 percent).
Among the worst
12th: Greg Davis, Cardinals (1992). Missed four times from 20 to 29 yards.
22nd: Mike Cofer, 49ers (1991). Missed all four attempts during 17-14 defeat to the Falcons. Overall, hit only 3 of 10 from 30 to 39 yards.
40th: Steve McLaughlin, Rams (1995). Missed 8 of 16 tries overall, but none was particularly consequential.
44th: Wade Richey, 49ers (1998). Missed a third of his attempts, including his ony try during a 24-21 defeat to the Patriots.
Apologies in advance if any of these references stir traumatic memories.