Note: I apparently wasn't aware that Matt Stover finally was released by Baltimore. I'm not going to change the substance of this post too much after discovering this. They're kickers. This is their fifteen minutes of fame.
First, the rankings:
t-1) Pittsburgh (Jeff Reed)
t-1) Matt Stover
t-1) Phil Dawson
t-1) Shayne Graham
Seems like a bit of a cop out on my part I suppose putting the four Ks for Pittsburgh Cleveland, Baltimore and Cincinnati in the same slot, but I don't think there's too much separation between any of these guys, and that probably includes Jeff Reed as well. One caveat worth noting is that Matt Stover has undeniably had the best career of any of these guys, certainly the longest. But at his age and with his leg, I'd say there's really not much difference between them all. An argument could be made in each's defense in fact. Phil Dawson for example is a Captain on the Browns and a fantastic locker room guy all the way back to his days at the University of Texas. Anyway, let's take a look at all four of their very solid numbers from 2008 as well as their career FG %s, all of which are some of the very best of in the history of the National Football League as you'll see after the fold.
I don't know about you, but I wasn't quite aware of just how impressive this crop of kickers has been for a number of years now. Good stuff.
To the numbers:
|2008 - Jeff Reed||17||1 - 1||9 - 9||8 - 9||8 - 10||1 - 2||27||31||87.1%||36||37||97.3%||117|
Reed's Career FG %:162/196 (82.7%)
|2008 - Matt Stover||16||0 - 0||11 - 11||11 - 12||5 - 9||0 - 1||27||33||81.8%||41||41||100.0%||122|
Stover's Career FG %: 462/552 (83.7%)
|2008 - Phil Dawson||15||0 - 0||10 - 10||12 - 14||5 - 6||3 - 6||30||36||83.3%||18||18||100.0%||108|
Dawson's Career FG %: 212/256 (82.8%)
|2008 - Shayne Graham||14||1 - 1||5 - 5||6 - 7||9 - 11||0 - 0||21||24||87.5%||15||15||100.0%||78|
Graham's Career FG %: 173/202 (85.6%)
That's some impressive stuff from these guys. In terms of career FG %, Graham is 5th all time, Dawson is 8th, Stover 9th and Reed 10th. I might argue that Reed has been better the last two years, but I'll instead just pass and say that all four teams should feel very good about that particular roster spot. That's not something that can be said about any other position division wide I don't think.