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 In praise of ex-Viking Ryan Longwell and confidence in a kicker
 Welcome to the Monday edition of The Cooler, where we can already feel a storm brewing. Let’s get to it: *The Brad Childress Era will be remembered for many things, but one underrated strong move Childress made came at the outset of his tenure. In 2006, the Vikings targeted kicker Ryan Longwell in free agency and nabbed him early. He was coming off a subpar year with the Packers (just 74.1 percent accuracy on field goals), but he was set to turn 32 before the 2006 season — plenty young in kicker years. The volatility of the Mike Tice Era was evident in many phases, and kicking was chief among them. The Vikings had four different primary kickers in the last four years he was head coach: Paul Edinger in 2005, Morten Andersen in 2004, Aaron Elling in 2003 and Gary Anderson in 2002. Longwell came in and immediately established order. He made the game-winner with a minute left in his debut and an overtime winner the next week. For the season, he made 21 of 25. He ended up kicking with the V (click for more...)
 In praise of ex-Viking Ryan Longwell and confidence in a kicker
 Welcome to the Monday edition of The Cooler, where we can already feel a storm brewing. Let’s get to it: *The Brad Childress Era will be remembered for many things, but one underrated strong move Childress made came at the outset of his tenure. In 2006, the Vikings targeted kicker Ryan Longwell in free agency and nabbed him early. He was coming off a subpar year with the Packers (just 74.1 percent accuracy on field goals), but he was set to turn 32 before the 2006 season — plenty young in kicker years. The volatility of the Mike Tice Era was evident in many phases, and kicking was chief among them. The Vikings had four different primary kickers in the last four years he was head coach: Paul Edinger in 2005, Morten Andersen in 2004, Aaron Elling in 2003 and Gary Anderson in 2002. Longwell came in and immediately established order. He made the game-winner with a minute left in his debut and an overtime winner the next week. For the season, he made 21 of 25. He ended up kicking with the V (click for more...)

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