Vikings considering replacing Chris Kluwe as punter

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A full-time modeling career could be in store for Kluwe sooner than later.
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is probably the best gay marriage advocate in the NFL. But so far this season, he's been far from the best punter, and it appears the Vikings are running out of patience.

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Yesterday, the Vikings brought in 22-year-old former San Diego State and Indianapolis Cols punter Brian Stahovich for a tryout. The move could simply be a symbolic kick in the pants for Kluwe, 30, who's in his sixth season with the Purple. Or it could mean he'll soon have much more time on his hands to dream up new terms like "turdsloth" and "lustful cockmonster."

From ESPN 1500:
Kluwe heard boos from the Metrodome crowd after shanking a 20-yard punt out of bounds in the Vikings' loss to Tampa Bay last Thursday. He ended up grossing 37.8 yards, netting 37.7 and averaging 4.25 seconds of hang time on six punts, with a long of 55 against the Buccaneers.

Kluwe is 26th in the NFL this season with a gross average of 43.8 yards per punt and 18th with a net average of 39.9 yards. The eight-year veteran has career averages of 44.3 gross yards per punt and 37.1 net yards.
In other words, Kluwe's 2012 numbers aren't far off his career norms, but in the unsentimental world of the NFL, even one bad game is enough to put your job on the line.

As ESPN 1500 notes, this isn't the first time the Vikings have brought in a free agent punter to light a fire under Kluwe. During a Monday Night Football game against the Saints in 2008, Reggie Bush returned two punts for touchdowns and nearly housed a third. Coach Brad Childress, upset that Kluwe didn't prevent Bush's returns by kicking two of the punts out of bounds, brought in four free-agent punters for tryouts that week, but Kluwe kept the job and has kept on kickin' ever since.

Smart money says the Vikings will keep Kluwe around at least through the November 11 tilt at home against the Lions. After all, if the Vikes braintrust released him before election day, you'd have to think more than a few GLBT supporters would never forgive them.


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Scott Tronnes
Scott Tronnes

hahaha what a surprise... not. Kluwe has got to go. There is no crying in football, so wipe those tears Rupert.

Daniel Anderson
Daniel Anderson

"cant shake the feeling this is not football related" Was wondering how long it would take until the conspiracy theorists showed up. Truth is, he's an average punter getting paid over a million dollars at a position where you rarely see that kind of money. If he get's cut, it will be a purely football decision. They can get the same production or better for cheaper.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Talk about a misleading headline. No way they're cutting Kluwe before end of season.

 

Ponder still needs work, will he be the next Superstar QB, probably not. But if they can get him a second receiver who can get open it might help make him appear competent. (See Culpepper with Moss, and Carter)

Heather Christian
Heather Christian

Noooooooo! He makes me proud to be a Vikings fan and sometimes that's really hard to do!

Jeff Cagle
Jeff Cagle

No wonder they weren't doing any more taped segments of "Know Your Vikings" at Vikings games. Really disappointed to hear and hope it isn't true.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Field position is a very important and overlooked aspect of the Vikings struggles this year. I agree there are more pressing issues that need to be addressed but Kluwe has been terrible this year. This isn't about gay rights, it is about winning football games.

Peter Gokey
Peter Gokey

It's probably true that he could focus more on football. Between twitter, his band, and all of his media attention, it seems like he thinks about many things in addition to football.

Al Cady
Al Cady

20 yard punts off the side of your foot will raise red flags. I love the guy's work on and off the field but this season...

Nathan Hoffmann
Nathan Hoffmann

He's been awful this year...maybe he can stick around as the team spokesman.

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