Did the Jets Choose Well?: Jay Feely vs. Nick Folk

Zach BjornContributor IApril 7, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 13:  Kicker Nick Folk #6 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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With the Jets' first off season move, they signed the Dallas kicker Nick Folk. This was a puzzling move. Why did the Jets not re-sign Feely? Well, a month or two later, the Cardinals signed unrestricted free agent Jay Feely. So the question is: Who is the better choice?

I will be comparing them in accuracy, power, consistency, kickoff, situational and X factor.

First Comparison: Accuaracy: Over his career, Jay Feely has about an 81 percent made field goals to Folk's 79 percent. The difference is really negligable. The big difference is age. Nick Folk at 25 isn't even in his prime, while Feely, 33, is over the hump. Feely has attempted about 150 more kicks than Folk. Last season, Feely achieved an 83 percent to Folk's abombinable 64 percent. However, the year before, Folk nailed a 90.9 percent to Feely's 85.7 percent. Folk's improving, and Feely's not. That is why Folk wins this one.

Winner: Nick Folk

Second Comparison: Power:   Nick Folk's career long is a 53, while Feely's is a 55. Negligable, again. Feely's stats from 40-50 are 58-81(career), while his 50+ are 10-20. Folk's are 22-30 and 5-9, respectively. Folk has a slight advantage and will only get better. Folk has a cannon for a leg, so expect those numbers to rise.

Winner: Nick Folk

Third Comparison: Consistency: This is the 800-pound gorilla in Nick Folk's room. He had a 90.7 percent season in 2008, and then dropped to 64.3. That is his big issue. Feely lately been very consistent. For the last 5 years, he's hovered at an 85 percent. Most kickers have trouble with consistency early, but the win goes to Feely.

Winner: Jay Feely

Fourth Comparison: Kickoff: Nick Folk did not kickoff in his first year, but in his career managed a 61.1 average. Feely achieved a 63.3 average. He also has about 88 more touch backs, to Folk's 4. Feely also has 6 onside kicks out of 20 recovered to Folk's 1 out of 5.

Winner: Jay Feely

Fifth Comparison: Situational: Last season, Nick Folk logged a 75 percent success rate in fourth quarter kicks to Feely's 70 percent. If you remember the Falcons game, Feely missed three kicks, which would have won the game. Whenever behind, though, last season Feely nailed every kick. In 2008, Folk had similar results.

Winner: Nick Folk

Sixth and Final Comparison: X Factor: The X factor can't be measured accurately, due to uncertainty. It is age. Folk is 25, while Feely is 33. This is huge. This means that Folk could go on to be even better, or fizzle out. At this point in Folk's career, his stats are better than Feely. I think that he could be a star.

Winner: Nick Folk


I believe Folk is the better choice because he has a better leg and is young. It's sad to see Feely leave. He set a consecutive kick record, and was great for us. We'll miss his kicking (and occasionaly punting). However, out with the old, in with the new. It's time for the Folk era.