Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Kicker Feely's job safe for now
By Josh Weinfuss
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Jay Feely has already had to fend off competition once this season. He won't have to do it again just yet.
A day after Feely missed a 50-yard field goal that would have given the Arizona Cardinals a three-point halftime lead in their eventual 27-24 loss to the St. Louis Rams, coach Bruce Arians said the kicker's job is safe for the moment.
"We've looked at the one we thought was the best available and we'll continue with where were at," Arians said.
Feely didn't waste any time trying to kick his way back into his coach's good graces. Feely spent Monday, a non-practice day for the Cardinals, in the team's practice bubble as the rain pelted down outside, kicking about 45 field goals from 40, 50, 55 and 60 yards. He was working on his flight line, which he said varied on the missed kick.
"I hit it real well and it just kinda leaked a little bit," Feely said. "I hit that ball well, and normally my ball flight draws a hair and it leaked a little bit.
"You've got to have that consistent ball flight so you know exactly where to hit it and where to aim."
After Feely missed a 53-yarder at Green Bay and then a 30-yarder against Dallas during the preseason, the Cardinals brought in Dan Carpenter to compete for the kicking job. Feely held on to it and made a 52-yard field goal in Denver in the preseason finale.
For his career, Feely is 15-for-28 (53.6 percent) from 50 yards or longer, according to ESPN Stats & Information, going 5-for-8 (62.5 percent) since becoming a Cardinal in 2010.
Feely's odds of hitting a deep field goal get better when he's at University of Phoenix Stadium. He's 3-for-3 at home and 2-for-5 on the road.
As for Feely's squibs, they were not planned, according to Arians. Feely said he was overhyped for one and hit it a half-inch too high; he then slipped on the second.