Nate Kaeding: Would Someone Tell Me Why He Was Voted To The ProBowl?

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IJanuary 17, 2010

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 20:  Nate Kaeding #10 of the San Diego Chargers kicks the game winning field goal with three seconds left in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals as Mike Scifres holds on December 20, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  The Chargers won 27-24.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The game between the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers is not yet finished, but the story of the day will clearly be kicker Nate Kaeding's choke job, in which he missed three field-goals.

Technically, those three field-goals would not have been the go-ahead points, but when an offense cannot rely on the kicker, that will affect the confidence of the offense, which can lead to mistakes that the team would not have made otherwise.

Currently, the score is 17-7 and three minutes to go with the Jets on top after a 53 yard run by Shonn Greene.

After a weekend of mostly boring games, the Jets and Chargers have given fans something to watch; if they are still awake.

Kaeding, by the way, also cost the Chargers a postseason win a few seasons back against the Jets.

What gets me though, is that Kaeding has been voted to the ProBowl; mostly because of points scored from PATs, not whether he is a clutch kicker. And clearly, Kaeding is ABC: Anything but clutch.

This game should serve as an indictment of Fantasy Football and be a lesson to fans, writers, and players that you should not submit ProBowl votes for a kicker who simply has a high number of points; that is not necessarily an indication of the kicker's ability, but rather an indication of the offense.

Of course, not every PAT is a gimme, but for all intents and purposes, it is.

So buyer beware: A good fantasy football kicker is not necessarily going to fulfill the fantasies of a kicker by being clutch in the postseason.

UPDATE: Jets win game 17-14; Kaeding's misses cost game for San Diego.  And I got a new nickname for the Chargers: The Chokers.