It is hard to find any bright spots in a 4-12 regular season, but the Philadelphia Eagles were pleased to find out through the mess that second-year K Alex Henery is surely the real deal.
While ex-head coach Andy Reid only sent Henery onto the field for one field goal attempt beyond 50 yards (which he missed), the young boots-man connected on a glorious 27 of his 31 total attempts.
This year, the Eagles put together the fourth lowest scoring output in all of the NFL (17.5 per game), which was due largely to the struggles of QBs Michael Vick and Nick Foles. Neither quarterback was able to produce any sort of legitimate offensive attack all season long, which was the reason for many of their 12 losses.
There were plenty of question marks surrounding the dismissal of former Eagles K David Akers in 2011 after 12 storied seasons in Philly, in which five were All-Pro campaigns.
To the dismay of Eagles fans worldwide, Akers was named All-Pro once again last year as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, in what was his first season away from Philly in a dozen years.
Eagles’ fans were glad to breathe a sigh of relief after this 2012 regular season when Henery kicked brilliantly, and Akers had the worst year of his career. But still, despite his struggles, Akers and the Niners are headed to their first Super Bowl in nearly two decades.
Keep in mind that it is very rare for an NFL team to prosper when their kicker is inconsistent, due to the magnitude of many field goal attempts throughout the season.
But with the talent that Henery possesses, he has the capability of being the catalyst to success if the Eagles’ offense can get their act together in 2013.
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