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

December 17, 2013 | 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.


10 Comments For This Post

  1. Robert Says:

    “Five golden rings”, oops, on 2nd thought make that six golden rings (field goals) last night. Cheers.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    Can Justin Tucker DH? March to Meadowlands continues!

  3. lakerboy Says:

    An amazing thing is that prior to last night, according to my son, Tucker was 9th in the voting for Pro Bowl kickers. How can that be??? What has Tucker hit, 33 in a row? If there are 8 kickers better than Tucker in the NFL then they should be on the fast track to enshrinement in Canton. This is just another reason why fans should not have the final say as to who constitutes an “all pro” or “all star”.
    After the game I asked my son where would we be as Baltimore sports fans without the Ravens? I said that we would have been contemplating the Orioles “less than market value” contract to Grant Balfour, and my son added that he would be hating his life. So it goes…

  4. joe of bel air Says:

    Hell Tucker isn’t only the Ravens MVP but you could make a legitimate case of him being the NFL’s MVP

  5. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    As I said before, who said it was going to be easy ! The Ravens didn’t deserve to win that game but they did, a win is a win no matter how you do it. Every team in the NFL has a good kicker, we are fortunate to have a GREAT kicker, who at this time of year is worth his weight in gold !!!

  6. John in Westminster Says:

    Dude should change his number to “$”

  7. Brian Says:

    @ John in Westminster… I’m with ya

    This kid is amazing as evident by the fact that he is rewriting the history books.

    Legatron !

  8. The Armchair QB Says:

    It bears repeating that sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than….good! And, it’s ALWAYS better when you are…..BOTH! By the way, the Ravens may not “control their destiny” as the oft quoted phrase goes, but they definitely control their future, which based on the last two games, may be….pre-destined!

  9. OVER40DON Says:

    Legatron!!!! that’s the greatest! For some reason Baltimore has had a history of clutch FG kickers since I was a kid and that was a LONG time ago.

  10. Ralph Says:

    You must be off your rocker or be suffering some sort of mental disorder to think kickers matter that much. The Dolphins went 17-0 and their worst player was the kicker, Roy Gerela. Who was seen as the kicker when Dallas won the Super Bowl? You’re usually okay Drew but in this one case you need a check up from the neck up. (DF: Roy Gerela didn’t kick for the ’72 Dolphins. Get a better research staff, Ralph.)

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