Seattle Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh’s field goal woes continue to hinder his team’s chances of winning games.
The 27-year-old missed a 38-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter in Seattle’s 30-24 loss to Jacksonville last Sunday, which could have tied up the score at 3-3 before halftime.
He has now missed six of his last 13 field goals tries after beginning the season 12-13. Walsh only had one attempt this season longer than 50 yards, which could have been a game-tying field goal in Seattle’s loss to Atlanta in Week 11.
Despite Walsh’s struggles, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll fully endorsed the sixth-year pro on Wednesday, making it clear the team won’t be making any changes at the kicker position anytime soon.
“He’s a good kicker,” Carroll said. “He’s got a great leg. He’s got terrific mechanics, great habits. His mentality stays strong. Yeah he missed a couple here and there, but he’s doing things right. He gives himself a chance. He’s our guy. That’s what we got.
“Hoping he’s going to come through.”
Walsh, a sixth-round pick by Minnesota in the 2012 NFL Draft, is no stranger to missed field goals. The veteran kicker is most known for his wide left 27-yard miss during the Vikings’ playoff appearance against the Seahawks in 2015.
He was released by the Vikings the following season and signed by the Seahawks in February.
Walsh is now 20-for-27 on the season and remains an inconsistent player for Seattle in crucial moments. But Carroll is right, Walsh is the guy Seattle has, and they’ll need him in the right mindset throughout the final three-game stretch.