Found November 09, 2012 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
Heading into the 2012 off-season I believed that with a good draft the Steelers had everything in place to make another Super Bowl run; that is, all, but one piece, a new kicker. Suisham had been with the Steelers for a year and a half, but the inconsistencies that had plagued him throughout his career were beginning to show. For a team that was struggling to get into the end zone and settling for field goals the last thing Pittsburgh needed was a question mark at kicker. In 2010 Shaun Suisham performed well for the Steelers when he replaced Jeff Reed. He went 14/15 on field goals over the final 7 games of the season and the Steelers moved into the playoffs with Super Bowl aspirations. During the playoffs Suisham was 3/5 including a big miss against the Packers in the Super Bowl. Heading into last season it seemed as though Suisham had earned himself another year as the Steelers kicker. Things didn’t go as well as they had in 2010, however. Suisham was 23 of 31 in 2011 missing eight field goals and finishing with a 74.2 percent made. His performance was not up to par and the Steelers were looking for someone to at least challenge Suisham during the off-season. Pittsburgh brought in two rookie kickers during the off-season to challenge Suisham for the starting job, but Suisham held on to be the Steelers kicker once again, but this time looked much different. There were reports that Suisham hadn’t missed any kicks during training camp drills and he was perfect during the pre-season. His compeition, Daniel Hrapmann a rookie free agent, was also perfect during the pre-season, but the job stayed with the veteran. So far during the regular season Suisham has connected on 17 of 18 field goal attempts. His only miss was from 54 yards against the Titans a game the Steelers lost 26-23. However, there are many Steelers analysts and experts who still question why Suisham was ever given a chance from 54 yards. The 2010 and 2012 regular seasons have been magnificent performances by Suisham and he is currently tied as the most accurate kicker in Steelers history. For a guy that I was ready to run out of town a year ago he is proving to be a consistent commodity in the kicking game. I hope things continue to go well for Shaun during the 2012 season and into the future, but after 8 games of exceptional play I owe him my deepest apologies for not trusting his abilities. He has proven me wrong and as far as I’m concerend that’s just fine. The post Shaun Suisham Has My Deepest Apologies appeared first on SteelBlitz.
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