The Detroit Lions have one of the worst kickers in the league in David Akers, but the team has plenty of faith in him despite the struggles.
Akers’ struggles continued at the end of the second quarter on Thanksgiving afternoon, when Akers approached the ball and missed what should have been a relatively easy field goal attempt.
After the kick, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said that he told Akers he still had confidence in him despite the struggles and that he would be ready to rely on him in case they needed a clutch kick to win the game.
“I told him after halftime that if we need a game-winner, we’re going to put him right back up,” Schwartz said, via the Detroit Free Press. “We’re not going to be going for it on fourth down. “You watch his next extra point, he stepped up, he drilled it. He bounced back.”
The good news for everyone is that the Lions were able to run away with the game and they never really needed to rely on Akers’ inconsistency.