PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 2: Place kicker Alex Henery #6 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with David Akers #2 of the San Francisco 49ers, a former Eagles kicker, before the start of their NFL football game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
David Akers broke the all time NFL record for field goals made in a season this year. He also broke the record for FGs attempted, which you'd have to say is the main reason he broke the other record... But any way you slice it, he's had a great year in San Francisco. That said, his replacement in Philadelphia hasn't been too bad either.
Alex Henery's worst game of the season came ironically against Akers and 49ers when he missed two FGs. That games was also oddly Akers' worst of the season, missing two himself in the game... But otherwise, Henery has only missed one other FG all year, a 63 yarder against the Falcons. As Ruben Frank points out, he has two of David Akers' franchise records within his sights.
He’s made 14 consecutive field goals, the fifth-longest streak in franchise history and just three shy of Akers’ club record of 17, set in 2001 and matched in 2009. And he’s within range of both the NFL single-season rookie accuracy record and Akers’ single-season Eagles accuracy record.
If Henery makes just one FG and doesn't miss one this weekend, he'll break Akers' franchise accuracy record. If he doesn't miss a FG this weekend and Dan Bailey of the Cowboys does, Henery will own the rookie accuracy record as well.
So let's put on our hindsight goggles and evaluate the let Akers walk/draft Henery move. Would you do it again?
Was letting Akers walk and drafting Henery the right move?
Yes (965 votes)
No (214 votes)
1179 total votes