Statistics show that onside kicks are only recovered about 20 percent of the time, meaning that the odds of successfully executing an onside kick are not very good, even when it’s done correctly.
Those odds obviously go down drastically when you don’t execute them well, as was the case for the Steelers’ Chris Boswell and the Rams’ Greg Zuerlein at the end of their respective games on Sunday.
First, and arguably worst, came Boswell, who tried to pull of some weird sort of crossover onside kick to confuse the defense, but only wound up confounding his own torso and basically missing the ball entirely.
The proper term is called a rabona, and it’s a word that should probably never enter a NFL kicker’s lexicon ever again.
Then came Zuerlein, who tried to launch a sneak attack onside kick of some kind. Essentially, he turned around quickly and kicked the heck out of the ball with apparently no strategy after that regarding how his team would actually — you know — recover the ball.
Well, they don’t call him “Legatron” for nothing.
Look, I know the odds of executing an onside kick are bad, and that probably explains why these guys tried to pioneer the process and come up with a new method of kicking to boost their success rate.
So maybe with some fine tuning they could be on to something.
Hey, the first attempt at anything is pretty much always a dumpster fire as well, so maybe this is just a slight setback for the innovation of the onside kick.
But still, these two onside kicks need to be played in high schools and colleges across the country in an attempt to teach the next generation of kickers what not to do when it comes time to attempt an onside kick.