Vikings cut rookie Carlson after 3 missed FGs, target Bailey

Minnesota Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson reacts after missing a field goal in the final seconds of overtime an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday Sept. 16 2018 in Green Bay Wis. The game ended in a 29-29 tie

When kickers missed a combined 19 kicks on Sunday, it wasn't hard to guess that there would be changes coming for some teams.

The Minnesota Vikings rallied from a 20-7 deficit to tie Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packer, and the two teams hit overtime at 29-29. The move was called "Very easy" by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who replied "Did you see the game?" when asked if the process was hard. So as expected, questions about the move were what Zimmer had to answer first. "Pretty easy", Zimmer said.

Bailey hurt his groin in the sixth game of the season at San Francisco and missed the next four weeks.

Minnesota Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson reacts after missing a field goal in the final sends of overtime an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday Sept. 16 2018 in Green Bay Wis. The game ended in a 29-29 tie
Kicker carousel continues: Vikings sign Dan Bailey after waiving Daniel Carlson

Zimmer stood by the defiant kicker even after it was apparent that his confidence was shot, eventually leading to Walsh's release in the middle of the 2016 season. Some people think they've "overthought" the position or that they got "too cute", but had they not made this move you'd have to think that special teams coach Mike Preifer would've been on the hot seat as well (something that could very well still be true, after the season though).

The Vikings signed wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, a seventh-year veteran who was most recently with San Francisco and played with quarterback Kirk Cousins in Washington in 2012 and 2013. "That is frustrating. That shorter one I should never miss like that".

It is quite a blunt response, but the fact of the matter is that Carlson missed all three of his opportunities that could have helped the Vikings grab the win over the Packers.

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