Here we are, this is the final segment of the NFL1000 series! Too bad the Saints can’t end on a positive note as we’re going to take a look at Garrett Hartley. He and other 31 NFL kickers are judged on:
Kick Power – 50 pts.
Kick Accuracy – 50 pts.
Garrett Hartley, #30
Garrett Hartley (5’8”, 195 lbs, five seasons) is the only kicker who has ever made three field goals from 40 or more yards in a single Super Bowl. He also once held the record for most consecutive field goals made to start a career, but you never would have guessed that by watching his play in 2013. Hartley was wildly unreliable, with eight misses in just 30 attempts.
Hartley drilled a 55-yard kick on his only field-goal attempt from beyond 50 yards, but he’s not known for making deep kicks despite playing his home games in the indoor confines of the Superdome. The Saints did not use him on kickoffs in 2013.
When Hartley missed a 26-yard field goal and had a 36-yard field goal blocked in a Week 15 loss to the St. Louis Rams, it was the final straw that led New Orleans to release him. After a 2013 season that was disastrous on the whole, Hartley might be hard-pressed to land another NFL kicking job.
No surprise here, Hartley’s game got worse since 2009 and last year his field goal percentage fell from 81.2% (average % of the 2009-2012 span) to 73.3%. As much as we love him for what he did in the 2010 playoff run, it was about time to let him go. Who will be the next Saints’ kicker? A few weeks ago I tackled the issue in this post.