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Justin Tucker: A winner.

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The guy just has mojo. He has "it". 

He's a winner. You get the feeling you know you can count on him when the pressure is on.

I like this guy. 

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The guy just has mojo. He has "it". 

He's a winner. You get the feeling you know you can count on him when the pressure is on.

I like this guy. 

Due to the offense's sometimes poor, often inconsistent play this year, you could actually make an argument that he's the team's offensive MVP.  I know that's extereme, but yeah, this kid was a great find. 

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With this offense, the Ravens will need him every week, that's for sure.  Fortunately, he's a good one and has been automatic ever since that one game early on.

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With this offense, the Ravens will need him every week, that's for sure.  Fortunately, he's a good one and has been automatic ever since that one game early on.

It's a bit of a flash back to when Stover was more than half the offense.

 

(And think back to all the angst the coaching staff had deciding between him and Cundiff. It was obvious to just about everyone else that Tucker was money, but it took everything they had to overcome their rookie-phobia.)

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It's a bit of a flash back to when Stover was more than half the offense.

 

(And think back to all the angst the coaching staff had deciding between him and Cundiff. It was obvious to just about everyone else that Tucker was money, but it took everything they had to overcome their rookie-phobia.)

I agree. I think about that every time Tucker wins games for us....they ALMOST kept Cundiff.... How they could have had a tough time on that one is mystifying! We already saw what Cundiff was about...folding under pressure...a tendency to hook the ball a lot when kicking...and a shaky self confidence. So, what was the difficulty in THAT decision...that took forever to make too. Last night they started utilizing their talent and going after the throat from the first play...something we should be doing every week...just like Denver...New England, etc. I think Tucker is one of our greatest weapons, and thankfully he is OURS.

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I remember the back story about Tucker when he was at the University of Texas. He went out onto the field for the first time to kick a FG and he felt his legs shaking. It wasn't nerves; it was the 100,000+ rabid fans in the stadium that were stomping their feet so hard it made the playing field vibrate. That kid KNEW how to deal with pressure; he was ready for the big time coming out of college. But as I said...this Harbaugh-led coaching staff is rookie-phobic. I laugh every time I read something in the Sun about how the Ravens are "slowly bringing along" this rookie or that rookie. Other teams get the most out of their rookies from jump street; with Harbaugh, it's like pulling teeth.

 

(Side note: Every time I see K-Juice absolutely LAY OUT somebody on a kick return -- and I mean pancake -- I wonder why he can't be used in some way on offense, especially given the anemic running game. And I'm not talking about using him instead of Leach; I'm talking about using him out in space, or to pound the ball, the way he did in college. I swear...Harbaugh has this college/red shirt mentality that prevents rookies from being properly utilized. And I am sure that's why it took so long for this coaching staff to give Tucker the nod over Cundiff.)

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Wow... now we're slamming Harbaugh because they had the audacity to keep a veteran PK in camp until late, instead of just cutting him and handing the job to an undrafted rookie?  You don't want any competition in camp with a rookie, you usually do just want to give him the job right away. 

 

In reality, they let a competition play out and kept the winner.  And considering Tucker did all the kicking in the 3rd pre-season game, and Cundiff was cut before the 4th... you can safely assume they had a very good idea of who the winner was actually WELL before the opener.  The didn't "almost" keep Cundiff.  Tucker won the competition hands down.

 

Tucker, a standout at Texas, believes he's become an even better kicker during training camp.

"To the naked eye, it doesn't look like I've made a lot of changes, but I've made a complete transformation from the kicker I was in college to the kicker I am today," he said Friday. "I feel like I'm kicking the best I ever kicked." 

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Wow... now we're slamming Harbaugh because they had the audacity to keep a veteran PK in camp until late, instead of just cutting him and handing the job to an undrafted rookie?  You don't want any competition in camp with a rookie, you usually do just want to give him the job right away. 

 

In reality, they let a competition play out and kept the winner.  And considering Tucker did all the kicking in the 3rd pre-season game, and Cundiff was cut before the 4th... you can safely assume they had a very good idea of who the winner was actually WELL before the opener.  The didn't "almost" keep Cundiff.  Tucker won the competition hands down.

You have a funny memory. For a month all that was being written was that the competition was too close to call.

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You have a funny memory. For a month all that was being written was that the competition was too close to call.

Any head coach worth his salt isn't going to say that someone is winning by a landslide while the competition is going on. If Tucker would have been injured, they would have been forced to keep Cundiff - and you don't ice your kicker for the season.

Tucker deserved the player of the game - but he's helping whitewash the inconsistency of the offense. This offense should be better - but it's schizophrenic during even the same drives.

Hopefully they can find some consistency over this last month.

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Any head coach worth his salt isn't going to say that someone is winning by a landslide while the competition is going on. If Tucker would have been injured, they would have been forced to keep Cundiff - and you don't ice your kicker for the season.

There are a lot of fans who apparently think the organization owes us total frankness and inside information on their strategies, assessments and deliberations. From the perspective of entertaining idle minds that may be of value, but the brain trust's job is to win games and build a team, and that in no way includes going public with these details that could impact the players and other teams as well. Do political leaders give us the truth? For that matter does our auto mechanic give us the truth? People reveal what is needed to achieve their goal.

 

That said, Justin Tucker just exudes confidence. When the Ravens were acting like they were going to go for 4 and 7 on the last drive I was screaming "Kick the field goal!!!" I had no doubt that Tucker would make it. I have to say, he kind of squeaked it through more than I thought he would, but the 53 yarder he hit earlier was right down the middle and halfway up the net. He almost split the uprights with the ensuing kickoff, as well. That guy is money in the bank (knock on wood).

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I remember Justin kicking a FG with seconds left for about 48 yds against my Huskers in a Big 12 playoff game in 2010 I believe. 

 

I was in a bar in Madison Wisconsin with my brother on a Saturday night while visiting my niece at WU.  I was in Wisconsin for the weekend for the Ravens/Packer game at about this time of year.

 

Go figure a few years later that little twerp I cursed then I now worship like he was Elvis,lol.   

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I am huge Tucker fan. People laugh when I say I want his jersey. But it makes sense to me. Buy one jersey and hopefully get to wear it for the next 15 years or so. :D

 

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Actually...there might be a hidden downside to Tucker's success. It could easily feed into John Harbaugh's conservative/Bo Schembechler nature, whereby he feels more comfortable going with the "automatic" 3 by Tucker, rather than the more "risky" TDs. Of course he'd never say that, or acknowledge that, but I could definitely see things heading in that direction. The one caveat would be if the Ravens fall behind by a large margin, then he might be forced to take off the constraints. But other than that, I think he's decided to dig in and go for the "safer", narrow margin wins.

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Actually...there might be a hidden downside to Tucker's success. It could easily feed into John Harbaugh's conservative/Bo Schembechler nature, whereby he feels more comfortable going with the "automatic" 3 by Tucker, rather than the more "risky" TDs. Of course he'd never say that, or acknowledge that, but I could definitely see things heading in that direction. The one caveat would be if the Ravens fall behind by a large margin, then he might be forced to take off the constraints. But other than that, I think he's decided to dig in and go for the "safer", narrow margin wins.

 

Yea well, I say that type of mentality will eventually be his downfall. You might be an original colt fan but I am an old colt fan and one coach sticks in my crawl like non other. I will never forget when Marchibroda played his usual conservative, boring, not try to win game and tried to sit on a 3 point lead with over 9 minutes left against Oakland in the playoffs. I was at that game and clearly remember 60,000 screaming fans "beg" Teddy to not sit on 3 points but instead try to win. The "Snake" ate up the clock and proceeded to win the game for Oakland. If Teddy had gone anywhere near the fans after that game, they would have killed him.

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Yea well, I say that type of mentality will eventually be his downfall. You might be an original colt fan but I am an old colt fan and one coach sticks in my crawl like non other. I will never forget when Marchibroda played his usual conservative, boring, not try to win game and tried to sit on a 3 point lead with over 9 minutes left against Oakland in the playoffs. I was at that game and clearly remember 60,000 screaming fans "beg" Teddy to not sit on 3 points but instead try to win. The "Snake" ate up the clock and proceeded to win the game for Oakland. If Teddy had gone anywhere near the fans after that game, they would have killed him.

I don't disagree. That's why I said it was a [potential] hidden downside. One difference is that Joe's shown his rebel side, and I think if push came to shove, he'd over ride conservative calls on the field and be able to do just enough to save the day. There's no guarantee, but that's what my gut tells me. And as it was back in 2000, a lot depends on the D. This D is nowhere near as potent as that one, but all together, it just might be enough to make this a very very interesting season.

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Yea well, I say that type of mentality will eventually be his downfall. You might be an original colt fan but I am an old colt fan and one coach sticks in my crawl like non other. I will never forget when Marchibroda played his usual conservative, boring, not try to win game and tried to sit on a 3 point lead with over 9 minutes left against Oakland in the playoffs. I was at that game and clearly remember 60,000 screaming fans "beg" Teddy to not sit on 3 points but instead try to win. The "Snake" ate up the clock and proceeded to win the game for Oakland. If Teddy had gone anywhere near the fans after that game, they would have killed him.

Yea, I never was able to reconcile how Marchibroda coached here vs. as OC of the Bills.

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