Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Ryan Longwell to the rescue? A few stats
By Mike Sando
NFC West playoff teams keep adding kickers.
The Seattle Seahawks are adding former Green Bay and Minnesota kicker Ryan Longwell as insurance for the injured Steven Hauschka, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.
Longwell and Seahawks general manager John Schneider were with the Packers together until Longwell signed with Minnesota for the 2006 season. Longwell made 22 of 28 field goal tries for the Vikings last season. He is 38 years old and grew up in Oregon before playing at the University of California.
The chart shows Longwell's accuracy percentages for 2011 on field goals by distance.
The Seahawks could need Longwell to kick against the Atlanta Falcons in a divisional playoff game Sunday if Hauschka's calf injury limits him too severely.
Elsewhere in the NFC West, San Francisco recently added kicker Billy Cundiff to compete with David Akers.