Hey Mike Shanahan: Icing the kicker is about as effective as the rest of the Redskins’ playcalls

http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/11/13/football-freakonomics-why-even-ice-a-kicker/

Makes sense, doesn’t it? The coach can “ice” the kicker — mess with his mind, throw off his routine, make him stand around like an awkward guy at a cocktail party for all the world to see.

But does it work?

The short answer: No. In their book Scorecasting, Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim marshal the most compelling evidence to date on the subject, analyzing “pressure” kicks from 2001 through 2009 while controlling for distance of the field-goal attempt. They found that icing the kicker certainly doesn’t produce the desired effect, and in some cases might even backfire.

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One Response to Hey Mike Shanahan: Icing the kicker is about as effective as the rest of the Redskins’ playcalls

  1. stevenrdungan says:

    Graham Gano missed a 29-yarder on his own. Icing Redskin kickers is like using counter-espionage tactics on Ray Charles.

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