The Seahawks got a second chance at kicker Jason Myers this offseason. Seabass was fine, but Meyers is easily worth two more wins to Seattle.
It isn’t too often that you get a second chance in life. The girl you didn’t ask to prom; the trip to to the Taj Mahal you missed; Amazon stock at $18 per share….but enough about my failures. The Seahawks had kicker Jason Myers in camp in 2018, and cut him in favor of Sebastian Janikowski. Turns out Seattle kept the wrong man, though. And now, they’ve made up for that mistake by inking Myers to a four-year deal. This will pay off in a big way.
At the time I thought it made sense to go with Seabass. He was coming off an injury that caused him to miss all of 2017, but he hadn’t missed a game in five years before that. He’d missed just four extra points in the previous 12 years. Most 12s have forgotten, but Stephen Hauschka missed six point-after kicks in 2016 alone. Whether the Seahawks should let Hauschka go is a different conversation. I’m just pointing out that Janikowski’s reliability.
Seabass wasn’t quite the weapon he’d been in his prime, but he was still pretty good. In his last three seasons in Oakland, he converted 69 of 83 field goals. That’s 83 percent. Now compare that to Myers, and you’ll see that Janikowski had a huge edge.
Myers was coming off his first three seasons in the league, all with the Jaguars. He made just 76 of 88 extra points. That’s right, Myers missed 12 extra points in the same time frame that Janikowski missed just three. In fact, the future Hall of Famer missed just nine extra points in 19 seasons. Advantage Seabass.
When it comes to field goals, Myers got a lot closer, but he was still in second place. The younger man hit 64 of 79 kicks, an 81 percent success rate. That’s plenty good, but still behind the older vet. At long range, Seabass still came out ahead. In his last three years before winning the job in Seattle, he converted 10 of 18 kicks of 50 yards and over. Myers hit 10 of his19 field goals. Again, it’s not much of a difference, but the edge went to Janikowski. With those track records, it’s easy to see why the Seahawks went with the guy with the dad bod.