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Playing musical kickers is about as good an idea as playing musical quarterbacks. If you have two, you have none.
It's the position that requires the most confidence and concentration above all others. A missed kick stings worse than a pick-six or a missed tackle.
When your coach doesn't show the utmost confidence in your kicking ability, then the kicker thinks he's going to miss, and then he does.
The sour taste of Nov. 5 was mostly washed away by a national championship, but it still lingers as critics cry for an asterisk after "National Champions."
Jeremy Shelley redeemed himself in the national title game against LSU with five field goals (the majority of all points scored in the game), but will he still have a place as a regular Tide kicker?
I think so in 2012, his final season with the Tide. He'll still get extra-point and field-goal duties, but Saban must be dedicated to him. Attempting 50-yard field goals should not be an option unless it's a dire emergency (like the 1985 Iron Bowl).
Shelley's accuracy as horribly underrated, and he was the true national championship MVP. He can't kick far, but he'll split the uprights every time. The missed PAT in the title game was simply funny, and he was just excited because his team had already won the game.
Newcomer Adam Griffith looks to be the next best kicking sensation, and being relegated to only kickoff duties as he gets his feet wet and bulks up would be ideal in 2012. He can take the reins in 2013 as the do-it-all kicker.
As long as they each have specific, individual duties and do not play into each other's realms, it will be a good system. It won't be a two-kicker system. It will be a field-goal specialist and a kickoff specialist helping the team.
Saban tried that in 2010 and 2011 with Cade Foster and Jeremy Shelley, but he shuffled them too much, especially on Nov. 5, 2011.