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Lions kicker fighting for his job, again

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08:04 AM ET 01.23 | Lions kicker Jason Hanson, at 42, has been around the NFL long enough to know the drill. Hanson just completed his 20th season and tells it like it is when discussing the competition he expects for his job next season. "I think the days of not having competition are over, because I'm old and they're probably always wondering when's the day when he falls to the ground," Hanson said. "Not going to happen. And competition's good. Unless you're 30 of 31 (on field goals), then I don't think you get the freebie. But I feel like I can kick as well as anybody if I'm healthy. And I was, and I will be." ... [Hanson] had the first training camp battle of his career last off-season. He beat out former Spartan Dave Rayner and kept his job.

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Jason Hanson, Icon Sports Jason Hanson, Icon Sports
January 23, 2012  08:07 AM ET

Kickers should always have to fight for their jobs. Right, John Harbaugh?

January 23, 2012  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Kickers should always have to fight for their jobs. Right, John Harbaugh?

If an angry mob greeted the Ravens when their plane landed in Baltimore last night, the kicker might have had to fight for more than just his job.

January 23, 2012  08:16 AM ET

Billy Cundiff is probably fighting for his job, and maybe his life if the Lynch mob catches him.

January 23, 2012  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Kickers should always have to fight for their jobs. Right, John Harbaugh?

Black Sunday for the Harbaugh family, and then there were NONE!

January 23, 2012  08:35 AM ET

82% career...82.59% is career best # 10...maybe he should move to Balmore...

January 23, 2012  08:36 AM ET

I'm not discussing kickers!!! Next

January 23, 2012  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Billy Cundiff is probably fighting for his job, and maybe his life if the Lynch mob catches him.

Hopefully the mob grabs Evans first. Dropping a game-winning TD pass is even more disgusting than shanking a game-tying FG.

Letting a game come down to a last-second kick is like a fighter letting a fight go to decision. Better to seal the deal and move on.

January 23, 2012  08:43 AM ET

did he go after his own leg with an axe AGAIN?

January 23, 2012  08:45 AM ET

Jason does not have worry about the Ravens kicker.But I remember that a DETROIT blow a game winning kick that would have put DETROIT into the Super Bowl.His name was Earl Mann the game was with the 49er's.

January 23, 2012  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Jason does not have worry about the Ravens kicker.But I remember that a DETROIT blow a game winning kick that would have put DETROIT into the Super Bowl.His name was Earl Mann the game was with the 49er's.

Sorry... but Errol Mann didn't miss a kick for the Super Bowl against the 49ers... it was a first round playoff game. The 49ers lost the next week... I believe it was to the ViQueens.

January 23, 2012  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Black Sunday for the Harbaugh family, and then there were NONE!

Go ahead, make my day GO GIANTS

January 23, 2012  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Sorry... but Errol Mann didn't miss a kick for the Super Bowl against the 49ers... it was a first round playoff game. The 49ers lost the next week... I believe it was to the ViQueens.

Eddie Murray blew that kick.

January 23, 2012  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Jason does not have worry about the Ravens kicker.But I remember that a DETROIT blow a game winning kick that would have put DETROIT into the Super Bowl.His name was Earl Mann the game was with the 49er's.

First of all his name is Errol Mann. Secondly it was Eddie Murray who missed the kick at Frisco. You're oh for two bud. Would you like to go for the hat trick?

January 23, 2012  11:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Eddie Murray blew that kick.

Not in 1969...

Eddie's old but not THAT old.

January 23, 2012  01:25 PM ET

Sports are all about competition, even for nonathletes like kickers.

January 23, 2012  02:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Letting a game come down to a last-second kick is like a fighter letting a fight go to decision. Better to seal the deal and move on.

This.

Special teams will probably be near the top of the Harbaugh brothers priority list in the off-season.

January 23, 2012  02:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

This.Special teams will probably be near the top of the Harbaugh brothers priority list in the off-season.

Word! Bad day for the Harbaugh Clan, lost 2 squeakers....

January 23, 2012  03:47 PM ET

I think Scott Norwood still feels the pain 20 some odd years later. You're the hero if you make it, and reviled if you fail!

January 23, 2012  03:54 PM ET
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Not in 1969... Eddie's old but not THAT old.

Boy I knew you were wrong. Having been brought up a Lions fan, I knew the first playoff was 1970 when the Lions lost to the Cowboys 5-0. They wern't in the playoffs in '69 only in 1932, 1935, 1952-1954, 1957, 1970, 1982-1983, 1991, 1993-1995, 1997, and 1999. And against the 49ers i remember the headcoach looking up praying as Eddie Murray missed that field goal. Check your stats before you check me.With a record of 10-4 the Lions, finished in second place in the NFC Central, and qualified for the playoffs as the NFC's Wild Card. In their first trip to the postseason since 1957 the Lions are matched up against the Dallas Cowboys. The Lions defense was able to stop and frustrate the Cowboys all game long. However, the Cowboys defense was also able to frustrate the Lions. In the end the Lions would fall 5-0 in the lowest scoring game in NFL Playoff history.

http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nfl/det/lions.html

 
January 23, 2012  04:44 PM ET

Well, you've proven you know a lot about losing...congratulations!

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