With the way the kicker position has played out for the Arizona Cardinals over the last several seasons, it is a bit surprising to see Steve Keim and company stick to their guns one more time.
Since Chandler Catanzaro’s first two seasons, where he was 57/64 (89%) on field goals and 80/85 (94%) on extra points, the Cardinals kickers have been a bit of a problem.
Chandler Catanzaro finished out his Cardinals career in 2016 going 21/28 (75%) and 43/47 (91.5%) on extra points.
The Cardinals brought in Phil Dawson to get the kicking game fixed and he went out and went 80% on field goals and 89% on extra points.
Dawson struggled in the preseason and that carried over to the regular season in 2018, before an injury ended his time in Arizona, where he was a 77% field goal kicker over his 26 games.
The Cardinals opted to go with Zane Gonzalez the final five games of 2018 and he was decent, going 7/9 on field goals (only misses were from 50+) and 5/6 on extra points.
Gonazalez now sits alone as the only kicker on the Arizona Cardinals depth chart.
He was a bust in Cleveland, converting only 68% of his field goal attempts and 90% of his extra points.
Yet, the Cardinals and Steve Keim have faith that he can find the stroke again that made him the 2016 Lou Groza Award winner and a Consensus All-American.
Is it the right move?