DAVIE, Fla. Dan Carpenter stood in front of his locker the other day wearing a hat that read Still Perfect.
That referred to the 1972 Miami Dolphins, not the 2012 Dolphins kicker.
Carpenter hardly was perfect in a 23-20 loss last Sunday against the New York Jets. He missed a 47-yard field goal with 10:48 left in regulation that proved pivotal. Then he shanked a 48-yarder in overtime that would have given Miami the win.
In the old days, kicks of that length were considered difficult. Consider the 1972 Dolphins, en route an undefeated season, had one of the NFL's best kickers in Garo Yepremian. And Yepremian that season was 24-of-37 on field goals (64.9 percent), including 4-of-11 (44.4 percent) between 40 and 49 yards
Those days are long gone. Carpenter last season went 29-of-34 (85.3 percent), including 11-of-12 (91.7 percent) between 40 and 49.
So the kicks he missed against the Jets were chip shots, right? Carpenter wouldnt disagree.
I think its just a credit to what kicke...