What the heck is going on with Seatle's kicker position? They have both Coutu and Mare on the final roster. I've heard Coutu is pretty bad at kicking off so do they plan on having him kick FGs and have Mare on the roster just for kickoffs? In one preseason game , I think it was game three, Coutu didn't even get a FG or XP attempt. Anyone know what's up?
Rotoworld wrote:The Seahawks emerged from final cuts with two placekickers on their roster; rookie Brandon Coutu and Olindo Mare. One will likely be cut early in the season, but it's uncertain who'll do the field-goal kicking in Week 1. It's clearly a fantasy situation to avoid.
They have an older blurb there that said neither kicker has missed yet and likely if its a tie Coutu will probably win out. He did have a 5-for-5 game in the preseason.
Countu hurt a groin after the Chicago game giving Mare a chance to come back against SD. Coach Mike Holmgren said of Coutu's injury: "That hasn't helped him. It allowed Mare to really show." Mare has more experience and is better at kickoffs, but Coutu is a talented rookie whom the Seahawks don't want to get away.
I'd just select a kicker from another team and don't worry about it. Kickers are a dime a dozen.
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My problem is that I am in a 12 teamer that starts 2 kickers per team, so they are a little harder to come by. Right now I have Elam and Bryant so if Coutu does kick for Seattle, then he will most likely replace one of my current kickers. But in most situations, I would agree that this isn't a major concern for owners.
Seattle had two kickers turn in quality training-camp performances. The difference came down to quantity. Olindo Mare had longer kickoffs and a little bit more experience, and he has been told he will be the Seahawks' kicker when the regular season begins in Buffalo.
Rookie Brandon Coutu kicked well enough for the Seahawks to keep him on the 53-man roster this week.
Special teams coach Bruce DeHaven said the two were pretty even in terms of placekicking during training camp, but Mare had an edge in the distance of his kickoffs.