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“Justin Tucker” — It’s OK, go ahead and name your next son “Justin Tucker”…it works

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Drew Forrester

Heard over the years on WNST Radio —

Drew: “I’m telling you, if I ran a NFL franchise, the first thing I’d do is determine which kicker in the league was the best one and as soon as he was available, I’d double his salary to kick for me.”

Listeners:  “This guy is nuts.”

Drew: “Other than the quarterback, there isn’t one other individual player who will directly impact winning and losing as much as your kicker.”

Listeners:  “This guy is nuts.”

Drew:  “Kickers absolutely belong in the NFL Hall of Fame.  The great ones have put their stamp on the game and then some…”

Listeners:  “This guy is nuts.”


Maybe I’m not so nuts after all, huh?

Remove for a second the two people on the Ravens’ 53-man roster — Justin Tucker and Sam Koch — and put the other 51 names in a hat.

Draw them out at random and hand them a football to throw.

Nearly every guy, even the Haloti Ngata types whose size would indicate they’d be better at eating the football than throwing it, can usually put the proper grip on the ball and throw it.

Lots of defensive backs in the NFL are ex-high school quarterbacks with limited size, hence their late-teens transfer to the defensive side of the ball.

Plenty of non-quarterbacks in the NFL could throw a perfect spiral if you gave them the ball and said, “Hit Pitta on a 15-yard out route here in the practice facility.”

If you put 25 balls in the “Jugs” machine and asked guys like Courtney Upshaw and Marshal Yanda to catch balls as they came sizzling out of that contraption, they could do it.

Now — line up those 51 players again and ask them to kick a 30-yard field goal.  Keep in mind you’re in the practice facility.  Just goofing around.  No pressure.  No rush.  Nothin’.  Just for fun.

They would all get a visit from our old friend – “The Cleat of Reality” – and a reminder of how special kickers are in the NFL.

They’re so special…no one else can do what they do.


Justin Tucker rescued the Ravens on Monday night.


John Harbaugh’s team has now won straight times at the perfect moment to do so in the regular season.

And, in those four victories, the Baltimore offense has how many touchdowns?  Think.  Quickly.

Did you say, “Five!”?

If you did, you’re a winner.

One TD vs. the Jets in a 19-3 win.

One TD vs. the Steelers in a 22-20 win.

Three TDs vs. the Vikings in a 29-20 win.

Zero TDs vs. the Lions in an 18-15 win.

Five touchdowns in four wins.

How many field goals in those wins?

Glad you asked.

Fifteen field goals.

Oh, I probably should add.

That’s 15-for-15 in chances attempted/chances made.


Justin Tucker is so good, the Orioles could sign him and I assume he’d be an upgrade over one of the no-names they’ve added in their not-so-Hot-Stove-month of activity.


I’m done trying to figure out how the Ravens win games in the NFL with their almost laughably-inept offensive inabilities in the red zone.

It defies all logic.

Teams that drive up and down the field but can’t convert those efforts into touchdowns not only shouldn’t win, a football purist would contend they don’t DESERVE to win.

I’d say, “You’re right, sir!”

But, this Ravens team wins games in ways no other team in the league does.

That’s why they’re a championship organization.

As Malcom X once said:  “By any means necessary.”

In 2013, “any means necessary” usually involves Justin Tucker doing things very few human beings on the planet could replicate.

Oh, and in the case of Monday’s win specifically, “by any means necessary” also included an assist from Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz, who probably needs a concussion test after Monday night’s debacle.

How else can you explain his clock management at the end of the game?

Had to be a concussion.


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