September 2, 2010; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers place kicker Nate Kaeding (10) watches from the sidelines during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Chargers 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Just for Kicks





Two weeks ago today, I took an informal poll on Twitter about who should win the job of kicker for our San Diego Chargers.

Interestingly enough, Nick Novak started out with a 15 to 9 lead to start off the poll. That being said, there was a Team Kaeding resurgence that ended up with Nate winning the poll 32 to 21.

Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union Tribune, has said that it will be Nate Kaeding’s job. One of the 32 votes for Kaeding belonged to me.

Although I agree that it should be Kaeding, am I a glutton for punishment? I have predicted that this is the year that the Chargers win the Superbowl. Couple my prediction with my opinion that Kaeding should earn the kicking job, I have already given thought to his postseason kicking failures.

We all know that he is the most accurate kicker in regular season NFL history.  Nate posts 86.5% field goal percentage in the regular season contests.  It’s his 8-15 showing and multiple missed clutch kicks in the playoffs that stand out to many members of the Bolt Family.

We will be finding out soon enough if it’s Kaeding or Novak that earn the right to be kicking in the postseason this year.  Yeah I said it.

Please leave a comment stating your opinion on who should win the kicking job and why.  I would be very interested to hear what you think.

And a different note, to the recent rash of haters in the BoltBeat comments section:

The Union Tribune website and are both looking for additional haters to add to their hate-filled comments sections.  You would fit right in without missing a beat.


Thanks a lot for reading.







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  • ChargerGirl Cindi

    If Novak gets the job they need to put a little potty on the sideline for him.

  • 619chargers4life

    im for kaeding on this one. at the start of camp i thought Novak would come out on top but then the miss and the other near misses, and when kaeding nailed those 50 and 54 yarders i was once again sold on Kaeding. he deserves it. and looks like he is continuing where he left off with his strength and accuracy.

  • davacho

    redemption year for kaeding : )

  • Stefanie Smith

    Cesaire cut.

    • #TheBoltFather

      Ugh, I know. That one hurts.

  • Mike Novice

    Kaeding never lost post season games for the Chargers. Those games were lost way before he missed thye kick. Turners play it safe has made games reachable for teams to come back because he refuses to play the game the way he should, and that is dominating a team until the final horn. He looks to do more of the same this year. Don’t worry though with a O-line like the Bolts we’ll be turning the ball over plenty for that highlighted defense Smith built for us. If I’m right or not I’ll still be a novice at the end of the year. I’m praying I am wrong and Troutman gets back to help and the Chargers go on to the post season. Rivers played great in the 49ers game, as did Lee. Now I know why we didn’t need Lee. Someone will pick him up.