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Hawks re-sign K Hauschka

Post by Eric Williams on April 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm with 19 Comments »
April 19, 2013 2:18 pm

The Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon that they have re-signed kicker Steven Hauschka.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hauschka, 27, joined Seattle after being claimed off waivers (Denver) on Sept. 4, 2011. He converted 49 of 57 field goals (86 percent) and 80 of 82 extra points, with a long of 52 in his two seasons with the Seahawks.

In 2012, Hauschka made 24 of 27 field goals for a career-high 118 points, and set the franchise-record with 14 consecutive games with a made field goal, from Oct. 9, 2011 to Sept. 16, 2012.

Hauschka will compete with Purdue product Carson Wiggs for Seattle’s kicking job.

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  1. SandpointHawk says:

    Good…kind of…

  2. Hauschka was 100% perfect within 50 yards – welcome back Steven.

  3. Oh man. Throw another diligently prepared mock draft out the window. :P

    Hauschka is decent. Here’s to hoping he breaks the NFL record for extra points made next season.

  4. Solid signing. There aren’t a he’ll of a lot of kickers better than him in the NFL and none better in free agency. This was a big concern for me as a fan because of how many close games we played out last year. Welcome back Steve.

  5. There’s another MIN player we might want to trade for, K Blair Walsh.

  6. sluggo42 says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see them draft a great kicker…

  7. I like the move… classic (newHawk) move…. ‘cover all the bases before the draft’…. Hausch will get the job done, but agree with Sluggo to a point, they will draft competition or get that competition from an invite after the draft…

  8. Kick offs were weak last year so I hope he does better at that portion!

  9. TallyHawk says:

    Sweet! More punts from the 35 yd line.

  10. I agree with you, blocis. I like Hauschka. These days, the rules have made it so any kicker can kickoff into the endzone. Accuracy in FGs is everything, and Hauschka is pretty darn accurate.

  11. Hauschka is a solid kicker, but he is replaceable. Don’t know if Wiggs is the guy to do that, or some rookie the Seahawks possibly draft this year, but I cannot even recall the last time this team had 3 kickers in camp, so it’s probably Wiggs vs. Hauschka for the starting kicker job.

    It’s going to take a kicker that can do everything Hauschka does, but with better long distance range. When we signed Hauschka I figured at the very least we were getting a guy who’d have more consistency on long FG’s (as evidenced by the 60 something yard FG he kicked against the Seahawks in preseason), but I guess it was that Mile High air that was helping to float his kicks.

  12. Worried about losing UFA Hauschka, was there a lingering injury concern from the Redskins game – or why did they leave him dangling as long as they did? He wasn’t RFA.

    Hauschka kicked for BAL in ’08 and ’09, and for DEN in ’10, when we had Mare booming KOs and hitting most FGs, after his poor performance at NO and 10 yrs at MIA. A couple things happened. KOs got moved up to the 35 and KO coverage units only got a 5-yd running start.
    ’08: Hauschka (SH) only tried 2 FGs, both over 50 yds, made 1 for 50% FG%. 43 KOs w/ 4 TBs, avg 65.9 yds w/ max 4.2 sec hang time, 27.3 avg start line.

    ’09: SH tried 13 FGs, 20’s 2 of 2, 30s 5 of 7, 40s 3 of 5, for 69.2 FG%.
    46 KOs w/ 3 TBs, avg 65.7 yds w/ max 4.41 sec hang time, 25.7 avg start line.

    ’10: SH tried 7 FGs, 20s 1 of 1, 30s 3 of 3, 40s 2 of 3, for 85.7 FG%.
    20 KOs w/ 2 TBs, avg 64.1 yds w/ max 4.2 sec hang time, 26.5 avg start line.

    ’11: SH tried 30 FGs, <20 2 of 2, 20s 5 of 6, 30s 9 of 10, 40s 7 of 8, 50s 2 of 4 for 83.3 FG%.
    75 KOs w/ 26 TBs, avg 68.7 yds w/ max 4.4 sec hang time, 23.7 avg start line.

    '12: SH tried 27 FGs, <20 1 of 1, 20s 7 of 7, 30s 10 of 10, 40s 5 of 5, 50s 1 of 4 for 88.9 FG%.
    87 KOs w/ 36 TBs, avg 67.5 yds w/ max 4.4 sec hang time, 20.3 avg start line.

    MIN drafted Blair Walsh (BW) in the 6th round (175th) in '12.
    '12: BW tried 38 FGs, 20s 10 of 10, 30s 8 of 9, 40s 7 of 9, 50s 10 of 10 for 92.1 FG%.
    86 KOs w/ 53 TBs, avg 70.4 yds w/ max 4.7 hang time, 20.8 avg start line.

    Hauschka is still improving, except for the long distance accuracy, strange. I believe the good avg start line has as much to do with the Hawks coverage unit being good as SH's KOs. I don't know what kinda competition Carson Wiggs will provide, but sure wouldn't mind if they drafted Dustin Hopkins or Quinn Sharp.

  13. Brady Quinn holding for Quinn Sharp. Now that would be something.

  14. I am not necessarily in favor of drafting Matthieu, but the Seahawks have something of a void at punt returner, and Matthieu could probably play in any spot in the secondary other than SS. Given the way Pete brings along young guys, and the fact that he works with troubled kids, I could see Seattle drafting him. I know the Seahawks are one of several teams that Matthieu has scheduled visits with, so there is obviously interest.

  15. I have a strange feeling Seattle covets Matthieau. Its probably BS, but I just think they do. He’s kinda like Winfield: small, but hugely talented and fierce. If there’s anyone who can light a competitive fire under someone, its Pete Carrol. And he LOVES reclamation projects, it inflates his already huge ego to rehab a near-loser with sky-high potential.

    I think Tyrann and Pete are perfect for each other; best thing that could happen for the kid is for him to be a Hawk, win early, sit behind Winfield till he feels his way, and get excited about football again.

    If Honey Badger lasts to third round, Seattle takes him, IMO. The signings of Blackmon and Winfield position them well, but do not preclude drafting a nickel back. And Matthieu is a prototypical nickel back, almost perfect for it. And you know damn well PC and JS hide some stuff–I actually think they employ a statistics guy to study randomness to ensure their pre-draft visits appear random and dont telegraph what they do…

    I am in no way advocating drafting this kid, but I think he will be a great player if he goes into the right situation.

    Seattle takes DT, LB, WR, DB (nickel or S), OL this year.

  16. Those position are not necessarily in order…

  17. Honey Badger and fists full of money doesn’t sound like a good combo to me. Addictive personality. Pass

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