Find me a star kicker
The LA Rams meanwhile were under a bit of pressure of their own. Special teams coordinator John Fassel signed on with the new coaching staff of the Dallas Cowboys. Not only that but his assistant special teams’ coach Matt Daniels soon followed. Still not satisfied, the Dallas Cowboys, a team already with a competent kicker on their roster, signed LA Rams free agent kicker Greg Zuerlein.
The LA Rams special teams were left with a lot of work to do, and not much time available to accomplish everything. So the team hired a veteran guru of special teams in John Bonamego. The team then promoted the popular and very deserving Tory Woodbury to special teams, assistant coach,
Staff set, the team now sought kickers. The team drafted Miami of Ohio kicker Sam Sloman in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He joined two free-agent kickers who were signed by the Rams, ex-XFL kicker Austin MacGinnis and ex-CFL kicker Lirim Hajrullahu. Sloman is one of the most accomplished kickers available in the 2020 NFL Draft. MacGinnis is one of the most accomplished XFL kickers available. Hajrullahu is one of the most accomplished CFL kickers. So who wins?
Now it becomes a bit clearer. Pressure. How can a kicker handle the pressure? The pressure of graduating from college and hearing your name called out in the NFL Draft is certainly one type of pressure. Landing out of school with a passion to play football that won’t subside, cobbling together opportunities to continue to play the game is another kind of pressure. Standing in a football stadium, lining up in freezing cold with swirling winds with the Grey Cup on the line is another kind of pressure. But staring down the barrel of a gun is another level of pressure.