Lawrence Tynes' Not-So-Triumphant Return

JerseySenior Analyst INovember 16, 2008

I miss John Carney already.

I've been hating on Lawrence Tynes since the day the Giants acquired him from the Chiefs. Jay Feely was just so much better. I mean, Feely isn't exactly the best kicker in the league, but he's no Lawrence Tynes.

The Giants managed to win the Super Bowl with the sub-par kicker, but he did try to prevent them from even getting there a few times against the Packers in the NFC title game.

And then, he missed the first few games because of an injury. No one cheers an injury, but I was much happier to see Carney kicking than Tynes. When Tynes healed, Carney had played well enough to avoid benching. Until today.

Against the Ravens, Tynes has found his way back onto the field. And I am not happy about this one bit. The first half isn't even over yet, and I'm already calling for Carney's return. Then again, I was calling for his return before kickoff. Now, after seeing Tynes play, I'm calling harder.

First, it was just his aura. A flubbed snap led to a missed extra point, and while it wasn't his fault, I knew it was Tynes' presence that caused the mistake. Even the Ravens' Matt Stover was affected by Tynes' return, having a field goal blocked early in the game.

And then, Tynes got into the action himself, stupidly shooting a kickoff out of bounds. The Ravens were given great field position, leading to a field goal, which led to their first points of the game.

There's still over one half of football to be played, but I hope No. 5 is booting the ball again after halftime.