There have been a lot of people that are blaming last week’s Alabama loss to Auburn on Tide kicker Cade Foster.
In last Saturday’s Iron Bowl, Foster missed two field goals and had one blocked. Naturally, whenever there are stats like that in a close loss, everyone is going to blame the kicker. It’s the easy way out.
But, when I say most people, I mean the majority of fans. The analysts and experts are supposed to explore inside the game on offense and defense to find out what else could have been done differently. That’s not to say that the kicker should be exonerated of blame, but you win as a team and you lose as a team.
Tonight in the MAC Championship Game, Northern Illinois’ kicker has been spectacular, knocking through kicks from 45 and 51 yards out.
That prompted ESPN’s David Pollack to tweet this:
There is def one part of NIU’s game that Bama wished they had, a FG kicker. This kid has a BOOT. He can make it from 60+.
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) December 7, 2013
Kind of a subtle jab at Foster. But it was a subtle jab that Foster just wouldn’t have any of, which sparked him to give this epic comeback:
@davidpollack47 I’ve taken hell from people but wouldn’t expect that from someone who had a successful football career and is an “expert”
— Cade Foster (@Foster_43) December 7, 2013
Seriously, good on Foster. He’s right.