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hawaiianvike21
09-01-2004, 01:04 AM
http://vikings.kfan.com/sports/nflguide/local/story.aspx?content_id=E0BB8B59-4B2F-4165-8D47-1BC586C2E10F

SOrry if posted but i didnt see this anywhere on the board yet. Thought id bring in the hopefully/potentially good news.

enlvikeman
09-01-2004, 01:12 AM
That's great...don't know much about the guy but anything is better then what we had!


So Long Elling! :salute:

Kleinsasser40
09-01-2004, 01:28 AM
I couldn't read the article because of my slow connection :-( But that is great news. I Too know nothing about him. But as long as he makes the extra points I am happy as can be!

SKOL
09-01-2004, 01:36 AM
5 of 11 from 50+ sounds good to me. Last year we shied away from using Elling over 40.

hawaiianvike21
09-01-2004, 04:05 AM
"Kleinsasser40" wrote:

I couldn't read the article because of my slow connection :-( But that is great news. I Too know nothing about him. But as long as he makes the extra points I am happy as can be!

Here ill just post the one from star tribune.



Conway in, Elling out as Vikings kicker
Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune
September 1, 2004 VIKE0901

The Vikings moved quickly and unexpectedly Tuesday night to resolve their shaky kicking situation, agreeing to terms with veteran Brett Conway to replace incumbent Aaron Elling.

The moves should be formalized today.

Elling practiced with the team Tuesday afternoon, but Conway signed a two-year contract after working out later in the Vikings' indoor practice facility. The team waived Elling after Conway's kicking session.

Coach Mike Tice confirmed the swap after speaking with Elling late Tuesday night. Conway, 29, has kicked for five teams in his eight-year career; he converted 14 of 19 kicks last season for Cleveland and the New York Giants.

Conway, who began his career as a kickoff specialist for Washington in 1998, has a strong leg but has been plagued by injuries in the NFL.

"He's a player that has kicked in this league before," Tice said. "He seemed very poised during his workout today. Hopefully, this will be another piece to the puzzle."

As recently as last week, Tice intended to enter the season with Elling, who made 18 of 25 field goals last season in his Vikings debut.

Tice awarded him the job during the offseason, hoping to end a two-year quest to find a long-term replacement for future Hall of Famer Gary Anderson.

Elling hit a rut during training camp, but Tice made clear he would judge him mostly by his performance in preseason games. Elling made three of four field goals during the first two games, but melted down in last Friday's 23-10 victory over San Francisco -- missing two field goals and an extra point.

Tice initially intended to give Elling a final chance in Thursday's preseason finale at Seattle. If necessary, the Vikings planned to sign a kicker that had been released by another team during the final cutdown day on Sept. 5.

But after spending two days evaluating the kickers on other teams, Tice determined that the likeliest replacements would all "either be an older kicker who can't kick off, or another young guy with some issues like Aaron," Tice said.

After watching Elling shank field goals during practice Monday and Tuesday, the Vikings went ahead with their plans to bring in Conway for a formal workout. Tice, for one, was ready to sign Conway if his workout went well.

"I had to make a move," Tice said. "I love Aaron. He just didn't do his job. That's the bottom line in this business. He understands that."

The Green Bay Packers spent a third-round pick to select Conway in the 1997 draft. He lost a training camp battle to Ryan Longwell that summer and spent the year on injured reserve because of a thigh injury.

He served as Washington's kickoff specialist in 1998 and was the Redskins' primary kicker in 1999 and 2001. Conway missed the 2002 season after suffering a torn quadriceps muscle, an injury initially believed to be career-threatening.

Instead, Conway returned last season to kick with the Giants and Browns. He made all three attempts -- from 20, 44 and 37 yards -- as the Giants beat the Vikings 29-17 on Oct. 26 at the Metrodome.

In his career, Conway has made 69 of 91 field-goal attempts, including a long of 55 yards in 2001.

"He's got a background of kicking in this league," Tice said. "That's what we like, so that's the direction we're going to go. He's obviously a talent. Green Bay thought enough of him to make him a third-round draft picks. He's bounced around a little bit, but for kickers that's not a bad thing."

Kevin Seifert is at kseifert@startribune.com.

casper
09-01-2004, 04:18 AM
Cool artical thanks you guys, Kind of looks like the picture is starting to look real good as we move into the season

PurplePharaoh
09-01-2004, 06:11 AM
GREAT NEWS INDEED

whackthepack
09-01-2004, 09:27 AM
What a great way to start your morning!! :thumbright: :thumbleft:

No more Aaron Failing to watch, I couldn't take his kickoffs anymore and having him try fieldgoals was giving me heart palpitations! :shock:

So the sun is shining and the birds are singing and Failings is no longer a Viking :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

TheFloridianVikingFan
09-01-2004, 10:30 AM
is this guy good at the kickoffs? he sounds alright to me but does anyone else know more aboout him... Im not really up to date with the kickers...

jackyl
09-01-2004, 10:47 AM
Here's his info

http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/1385

triedandtruevikesfan
09-01-2004, 11:07 AM
THANK GOD!!!!! I don't know how ecstatic I am about this guy yet, but anyone other then Elling is a vast improvement!

whackthepack
09-01-2004, 11:10 AM
"TheFloridianVikingFan" wrote:

is this guy good at the kickoffs? he sounds alright to me but does anyone else know more aboout him... Im not really up to date with the kickers...



He has a real strong leg and is probably better at kickoffs than field goals the Packers drafted him in the 3rd round of the 1998 draft, but he couldn't beat out longwell and has had some injuries that has kept him from sticking with a few teams.

I know one team had him on their roster to do kickoffs.

purplepat
09-01-2004, 12:00 PM
"SKOL" wrote:

5 of 11 from 50+ sounds good to me. Last year we shied away from using Elling over 40.

Yes, but he is also 21-28 between the 30-39. In other words, every kick will be an adventure. On the good side, he kicks off fairly deeply.

bigdogbovy
09-01-2004, 12:04 PM
Hupo 'oe ke kau'ana i ka waiupa'a ma kou pa'o & Hupo na Po'o waiupa'a

Hey hawaiian what does that mean?

Also good pick up, I admire tice for sticking with elling and encouragin ghim and giving him every opportunity to keep his job. Class

VikingsTw
09-01-2004, 12:46 PM
I just want to see the ball land in the endzone on kickoffs not in the hands of the returner on the 20. I'm gald they made this move.

HarrisonB57
09-01-2004, 12:48 PM
I live two hours from washington (where Conway used to play) so i get to see all the skins games. I think that he was one of the numerous kickers the skins used a few seasons back. I think he was the best one that they used all that year.

LosAngelis
09-01-2004, 01:38 PM
Conway reminds me a little of that punter we picked up. The Packers had picked him up as a mid-round draft pick, then he blew like five field goals in a preseason game. He went in the next day and was so shook up, he over kicked and injured his leg in the process.

Longwell got the job and has never let go.

I always liked Conway, but I always thought he's had a shattered confidence. I hope he works out for you guys in 14 of your games.

VKG4LFE
09-01-2004, 01:48 PM
Just give me a guy that can make a damn field goal!! How about Faud Reveiz!!

josdin00
09-01-2004, 02:00 PM
"LosAngelis" wrote:

Conway reminds me a little of that punter we picked up. The Packers had picked him up as a mid-round draft pick, then he blew like five field goals in a preseason game. He went in the next day and was so shook up, he over kicked and injured his leg in the process.

Longwell got the job and has never let go.

I always liked Conway, but I always thought he's had a shattered confidence. I hope he works out for you guys in 14 of your games.

...and here I was thinking that he reminded you of that punter because you used a third round pick on him, and then he didn't make it to the regular season on your roster. (Okay, I know sanders could still make it, but so far, he hasn't looked like a 3rd round pick should.)

LosAngelis
09-01-2004, 03:09 PM
I don't think he will, but that's my opinion.

I think its for the same reason. There is so much pressure on a kicker/punter who is taken so high in a draft that they succumb to it. Kicking is 90% mental, anyway, and if a kicker loses it, they're done.

whackthepack
09-01-2004, 03:12 PM
"LosAngelis" wrote:

I don't think he will, but that's my opinion.

I think its for the same reason. There is so much pressure on a kicker/punter who is taken so high in a draft that they succumb to it. Kicking is 90% mental, anyway, and if a kicker loses it, they're done.


That was Faillings problem, he was a basket case.

LosAngelis
09-01-2004, 04:21 PM
It's not like a kicker can go out and redeem himself by knocking someone's block off like most other positions.

josdin00
09-01-2004, 04:54 PM
"LosAngelis" wrote:

It's not like a kicker can go out and redeem himself by knocking someone's block off like most other positions.

That, and it's my understanding that kickers typically don't have the same relationship with the rest of the position players that they might have with eachother. Okay, that sentance seems a bit confusing. what I'm trying to say is that kickers are typically shown as the loners on the team. If a reciever drops a ball, or a QB fumbles, his teammates are there to make sure he doesn't get too down on themselves. When a kicker misses a kick, he goes and sits down by himself on the bench, and gets to think about it. There doesn't ever seem to be anyone there to make sure the kicker has a short memory.

Viking_Spirit
09-01-2004, 05:00 PM
YAY!

muchluv4smoot
09-01-2004, 05:57 PM
Well the good news is, no more elling, but the bad news is, conway isn't that accurate of a field goal kicker. Obviously we knew that if we got rid of elling, that we weren't gonna find a pro bowl kicker sitting around waiting for us to sign him, so this is about as good of a kicker as we could have hoped for. As long as he can make the 40 and in field goals(that includes extra points) and be around 50-60% beyond that, I am happy. Has he played for a team, that played in a dome? That might also help him out a little.

LosAngelis
09-01-2004, 06:22 PM
I do think Conway will be good for you. He has the capability to boom 'em.

RandyMoss8404
09-01-2004, 06:43 PM
"LosAngelis" wrote:

I do think Conway will be good for you. He has the capability to boom 'em.

You mean us, fellow Vikings fan :-P

LosAngelis
09-01-2004, 06:50 PM
"RandyMoss8404" wrote:

"LosAngelis" wrote:

I do think Conway will be good for you. He has the capability to boom 'em.

You mean us, fellow Vikings fan :-P

Keep dreamin'. I will send you a card from Jacksonville this year.

cheesefree
09-02-2004, 12:33 AM
"muchluv4moss" wrote:

Well the good news is, no more elling, but the bad news is, conway isn't that accurate of a field goal kicker.

Yeah, like someone already stated, every kick will be an adventure with Conway. He hasn't shown great accuracy in his 8 year career and has only played two full seasons.

"muchluv4moss" wrote:

Has he played for a team, that played in a dome? That might also help him out a little.

No, they were all teams with outdoor stadiums.

casper
09-02-2004, 04:08 AM
"LosAngelis" wrote:

"RandyMoss8404" wrote:

"LosAngelis" wrote:

I do think Conway will be good for you. He has the capability to boom 'em.

You mean us, fellow Vikings fan :-P

Keep dreamin'. I will send you a card from Jacksonville this year.

I knew you would be there to cheer on the vikings... :D :D :D

hawaiianvike21
09-02-2004, 04:14 AM
"bigdogbovy" wrote:

Hupo 'oe ke kau'ana i ka waiupa'a ma kou pa'o & Hupo na Po'o waiupa'a

Hey hawaiian what does that mean?

Also good pick up, I admire tice for sticking with elling and encouragin ghim and giving him every opportunity to keep his job. Class

Its basically bashing the packer fans for being stupid for wearing cheese on your head. THats all. I had to get that one translated as most people dont use the hawaiian language here anymore.