Kelly: Don’t Know What Henery’s Battling

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Chip Kelly sees no reason to handle Alex Henery with kid gloves.

The Eagles’ kicker hit a 36-yard field goal against the Steelers, but later missed a 31-yarder.




Asked if Henery is battling a confidence issue, Kelly said: "I wish I could put my finger on it. I don’t know what he’s battling, but obviously you’ve gotta make a field goal like that. You’ve gotta make it."

Maybe the addition of Cody Parkey from the Colts put additional pressure on him?

"I don’t know," Kelly said. "But if outside influences are gonna affect you, then that’s something you’ve gotta deal with, you know what I mean? There’s gonna be competition at every position. And our job is to make sure we put the best players out there and the guys that give us the best chance."

The offense and the defense turned in their best performances of the preseason against the Steelers. That's good news as the Eagles count down to their Week 1 opener against the Jaguars on Sept. 7.

Yet there's an unsettling feeling about the team's kicking situation, visions of games potentially being decided by three points or less and Henery failing to come through.

Parkey got work on kickoffs against the Steelers, but did not attempt a field goal. He'll get a closer look in practice, and the Eagles will keep their eyes open for guys who could be cut from other teams.

Asked to assess the competition, Kelly said: "I couldn’t assess it. We just got Cody, I mean literally, this afternoon. We obviously [needed] to bring someone else in, and that’s what we did. And then we’ll see."

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  • Matt

    Both the misses were so wide that its either a physical problem (injury, holder) or a mental issue. I’d say its the later. I still have confidence in him though. I don’t think any other option is better.

    Kickers can be real head cases- hopefully Henery gets it figured out.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Problem is though, psychological issues amongst kickers can be harder to remedy than even a physical injury. This isn’t something that can be handled through throwing on some women’s under garments either.

      • http://www.damokleez.com EaglefaninAZ

        Upvote for the Nuke Laloosh reference.

        • hokieduck

          Breathing through my eyelids right now.

      • Johnny Domino

        But it couldn’t hurt.
        Did I type that out loud?

    • Adam

      Is that you, Alex?

      This guys is a bum. Hopefully we aren’t stuck with him for another season.

      • Token

        Before he deletes it, do me a favor and read through Matts post history. Its awesome.

        • knighn

          Holy S. A Kicker Groupie?!

        • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

          I just got half way through and almost vomited on my key board.

        • Glenn

          The man is a loyal Henery fan!

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      better options are kickers in legit camp competition that wont be shaken loose till 60 cuts.

      • Token

        The guys entire posting history, every single post, is about Henery. Going back 8 months. Look through it if you wanna be creeped out. All he posts is about how good Henery is or defending him when people put him down. Its gotta be a family member or Henery himself right? Otherwise its the weirdest thing Ive seen on here. Weirder then Geagle.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          good lord…i know i have issues, prbably issues on top of issues…but that’s just wrong. gawd, i hate kickers, just make 45 ydrs and get the ball into endzone on KOs. then get out of the way for the real players

        • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

          There’s no way he’s not a troll. You can’t love a kicker that much.

          • JofreyRice

            he puts in way too much effort to be a troll. Did you see the long post he sent to Kempski trying to rebutt his article about Henery? He does research and comes up with elaborate theories as to why Henery’s missing all these kicks.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            was really hoping this guy would come back

          • MagatBrackendale

            Re name change? (Don’t know why it posts twice and won’t allow edit.)

          • JofreyRice

            Maggie, this message is cryptic. What are you trying to communciate by posting pictures of Ron Howard?

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

          think it is Henery. which explains part of it, he’s too busy commenting here to practice kicks

        • Andy

          OMG I just clicked on him and of his 74 posts to date, like 70 are on this blog, and I counted less than 5 that weren’t kicker-related, and all of them were specifically in Henery’s defense.

          I’m totally calling Nev Schulman.

          http://prettycleverfilms.com/files/2013/09/hedyswf-300×225.jpg

        • MagatBrackendale

          What’s creepy is someone reading back over 8 months of someone else’s posts, just to prove you’re right.

    • Token

      LOL! you gotta love Henery fluffers. I think Matt and Kevin H are the only ones left. But man are they crazy.

      Read through Matts posts. They are 100% about Henery, defending him and praising him. Im really hoping hes a family member, or else its borderline creepy and weird.

      Edit – omg I just keep reading and it gets more creepy. This guy actually never posts unless hes defending or praising Henery. Going back like 8 months its all Henery all the time. Every post hes ever made.

      “My name is Matt. I like facts.” lol

      “Only if you incorrectly believe that Henery isn’t good.

      Since he is good, the Eagles will be fine.”

      • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

        This dude is creepy. He’s either a family member or has a serious man crush.

    • JofreyRice

      Hey, it’s the Alex Henery fan! Boy, were you right about everything!

      • Token

        “My name is Matt. I like facts.”

        im sitting here literally laughing. I cant get over this guy.

        • JofreyRice

          hey, you gotta admit, takes some balls. Sometimes I just hope people forget the idiotic predictions I make.

          • Token

            lol yea. But EVERY post? Thats just really weird.

          • JofreyRice

            yeah, I think it would be considered nuts even if he was a family member. I bet even Henery’s mom admits he sucks at this point.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Maybe not his mom yet, but grandma is sold & to make him feel better is busy baking him cookies.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

      what else did you write in the “I heart henery” journal you keep last night? that Chip keeps putting him in bad situations? the sod wasn’t up to par? his late breakfast threw off leg strength?

    • MagatBrackendale

      Don’t pay attention to the other folks who make personal comments just because you have an opinion different than theirs. They should know better.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    It’s time to move on. Get the kid Parkey kicking immediately to see what he has and start looking to make a back door trade if necessary. Many of us saw this as an issue from the start of the offseason & it’s just snowballed for too long at this point.

    Next week’s preseason game needs to have 2 new faces gutting it out to be our kicker. I don’t even care if Chip elects to forfeit going for TDs next week in favor of attempting FGs to see if we can find anyone capable of handling the pressure of kicking with some consistency.

    • anon

      would be hilarius if we got to the redzone and kicked fgs

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        2nd and 1 from the 22, time to kick! knowing Chip, he’d take it a step further, have a illegal formation on purpose penalty so they get 3 or 4 cracks at it, till they miss.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Hahaha… That sounds like an idea. I guess my point is that despite what we all think of kickers, we’d really feel better knowing we have one we could rely upon over 80% of the time.

  • Bird of Prey

    If he’s missing 31 yarders, he’s potentially missing PATs and that’s a killer. How many FG’s did Akers miss in the Super Bowl? How much did we lose by. He was the best FG kicker in the league that year. SO, if Henery is falling apart like this before the pre-season is over then they’ve got to go a different path.

  • DuckHunterSThompson

    So I’m not saying that the Eagles should trade for a kicker, or even that they can trade for a kicker, but what kind of market would a solid kicker get? I mean, the Eagles used a fourth (I think) to draft NoodleLeg, so how high can it go for a proven guy?

  • Wilbert M.

    Bring in Rob Bironas.

    • Johnny Domino

      Bring in Mackey Sasser.

    • kstagg

      Bring in your mom. Seriously. We need help here.

    • hokieduck

      Bring in the Rockettes.

  • NickS, Combine Warrior

    If we’re in FG range might as well go for it. XPs, go for two.

  • eaglespur

    if I could influence the competition committee, the league would just remove field goals from the game. how is a Henery a football player? its like bringing a golfer or bowler into a rugby scrum. theater of the absurd.
    how often have we seen games end on these bogus activities, when the dart player comes on the field while the real footballers stand on the sidelines covered in mud and blood and bruises, and hold their breath? sure its suspenseful, but it disrespects the effort that the real football payers have given that day. henery underscores my point. the poster boy for banning field goals.
    thus ends my rant.

    • Ty

      kickers are on football teams. kickers help win football games. kickers are very very important not just on field goals and PAT’s. kickoff is very important. every player on a football team is a real football player. bringing a golfer or bowler to a rugby scrum would be dumb, but I real idiot would show up to a football game without a kicker.

      • eaglespur

        and kickers have caused me to hurl curses at my tv far more than any other player in any other sport

        • Ty

          just because they cause you to loose your temper doesn’t mean they are not football players… it means they are very very important football players. every time they are on the field they directly impact the game from adding 3 for a field goal or missing a fg or kicking a touch back, to a bad short kick or out of bounds or a squib to keep it away from the return guy.

          • eaglespur

            chill, former kicker, my feelings aren’t about to change the rules of football. but your sensitivity has affected me.
            now when I curse the arrival of the field goal kicker onto the field, I’ll be sure to curse the rules, and not the sensitive kicker himself.

          • Ty

            sensitive? I believe cursing at your tv just because someone comes out to the field seems pretty um, sensitive.

      • Guest

        chill, former kicker. I’m sure you’re a great guy, and rest assured my feelings aren’t going to change the rules of football.
        But you’ve affected me: now when I curse the arrival of the kicker on the field to attempt a field goal, I’ll curse the rules, not the kicker himself. I’ll keep in mind that its not his fault that the rules allow him out there.

    • Steven Dunwoody

      C’mon, dude. They put the ‘foot’ in ‘football’.

      • eaglespur

        sure, you are well-spoken in your point, and I’m not proposing the name of the game be changed (yet… since “handball” is already taken), but the name “football” may have been a mistake right from the beginning… and most of the world believes “football” is played with a round ball, and involves the foot contacting the ball by every player, over and over, though-out the game. our football is light-years more interesting, but I’d say the name “football” does make more sense in the round ball sport.

        • DuckHunterSThompson

          It’s because our ball is shaped like a foot. Their ball is shaped more like one of
          Chip’s testicles.

    • Warhound KnowsHstryWarts&All

      Philly native, radio legend Ron Bennington has been suggesting for years that FGs have no place in the NFL. He thinks it’s like making a trick pool shot to decide a baseball game.

    • A guest

      I suggest you read the Tanier blog post on Sports on Earth- “A punter could kick your a__.” They are athletes that do something way better than almost everyone else can. They are generally over six feet and built. Saying they are not real football players sounds like someone yearning to marginalize some group just to feel better- “the REAL fotball players” are over here- not those other football players who are not REAL football players.
      If a dude is on a 53 man roster, he is no doubt a professional football player.

      • eaglespur

        Punters are Grrrrrrrreat!
        Donnie Jones is Donnie Football! I love that guy, he saved our rears on many occasions last year! Pay that man!
        Kickoffs are exciting, maybe too dangerous for the players, but exciting for the fans. Kickoffs are Grrrrrrreat! Pay the Kickoff-er!
        What I could do without is the kicking or attempted kicking of field goals.

        It seems David Akers is a really good guy, he’s great, he is no doubt a good athlete, but no way would I have missed seeing him kick a field goal, making or missing, doesn’t matter, I’d like to see field goals and the point-after go away, period. Those plays are just stupid.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    ok, Henery is done, or at least has bags packed and Real Estate agent on speed dial. Parkey probably isnt that much more competition than Spears. no way the colts let him go for Fluellen if he was near Venitari, just never know about freak injury. the real competition will be after 60 cut down, have NYG’s and BUFF loser, plus 2 vets in Tynnes and Bironas on the street.

    • shady25

      Well Parkey was probably just brought into Indy to have another leg around so they can give Vinaterri a break. The Colts already know what he can do so there is no need for him to be kicking in TC.

  • ION Eagles

    He’ll probably wind up with an okay career but i think it’s over with this team. I also doubt he will ever be considered a clutch kicker, no matter how good his field goal percentage. Guy has luke-warm water in his veins.

  • Token

    If they had any guts at all they would cut him today. How much more do they have to see? How many real games does he have to cost us?

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      unless they cant get bironas, tynnes or the 2 guys from NYG and Buff to come get a job. henery stinks, but it could be worse. so, just hang on till 60. kelly’s mad, it’ll be solved.

      • Token

        I dunno if it could be worse. Theres not a ton of guys missing 30-40 yarders. Im willing to take the chance with the NY guys or Buffalo guy. Sticking with a known bum is something I hate to do.

        When is the first cuts? Soon right. Of course maybe the teams with 2 kickers will want to keep them both for the final preseason game.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          yes, it can. not a lot, but there really isnt a reason to cut him yet. not sure why they cant bring in Bironas or Tynnes today for a ‘physical’ that includes 50 ydrs and kickoffs.

    • Septhinox

      They have no need to cut him today so that would be stupid. When the final cuts come, if he is still here, then we will see. But cutting him now does nothing. You aren’t going to fill his roster spot with anyone else that may make the team so they is useless.

      • Token

        Sometimes you just have to set the tone that sucking out loud wont be tolerated.

  • 370HSSV 0773H

    We play the Colts, Niners, Seahawks, and Packers, and those games could come down to a field goal. Except for the Colts, the NFC playoffs run through those teams, along with the Saints.

    Spears was never a serious competitor for Henery, and now we’re 16 days away from the start of the season with no kicker.

  • JofreyRice

    I don’t know why this is a shock to anyone in the Eagles org. They should have brought in someone better than misdemeanorleg. Everyone knew Henery was bad back in February. Weak leg, bad on long field goals and now shanking the short ones. Why put this much thought into it? It’s a freaking kicker. Get someone else.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      yeah, but they didnt. if they dont get serious after 60 cutdowns, then it is time to freak out.

    • Token

      Howies having a hard time admitting the 4th round mistake. I dont believe in drafting kickers. If you do he better have a rocket leg.

      • shady25

        Most good kickers are UDFA’s. I just can’t get out of my head how we missed out on Justin Tucker(Ravens) last year.

    • knighn

      Misdemeanorleg has been further downgraded to parking-ticket-leg.

      • Blaqjaq

        LMFAO

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

      I think it was all on purpose. Typical Chip-ism. Bring in a kicker late in camp, put loads of pressure on him to win a job in 2 weeks.
      Situational pressure for a game winning FG in Nov.? sure that’s tough. But trying to win a job in 2 weeks? That’s Chip-tough

  • Bdawk20

    My guess would be that he is battling the football

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    go with Parkey. if that’s the kind of fgs he will get im sure he can make them. eagles wont be attempting many 50 yarders this season with that offense. make sure hes money from 40+ and id say go with him. his kickoffs looked far stronger than henrys also. that’s huge part of the game. field position.

    • peteike

      exactly, and when Parkey misses a few here or there it wont feel so bad because hes learning. I cant feel that way about Henery and not sure how Chip can go with him at this point.

      • Brent E. Sulecki

        you got it. whether its Parkey as the answer, it has to be someone. who is on the market? sorry Alex. everyone is accountable and you aint showin up when we need you.

        • Brent E. Sulecki

          Bironas it looks like. get him in for next two weeks

  • Chuck Dougherty

    Thing that drives me nuts is he seems to not care at all if he misses..he has an excuse everytime. “It’s cold.. the ball is harder, its windy, etc…” I just dont see any fire in him at all.. that he is just mailing it in to collect a paycheck. He never had to worry about this job cuz he was drafted.. he needs a big kick in the butt.

    • Mr. Magee

      I see what you did there..

    • southy

      Did you watch him after the miss last night. He visibly used the f-word.

      • Chuck Dougherty

        didn’t see that part, cuz I was banging my head against the wall….his demeanor on the whole is very “meh”.

  • macadood

    still baffles me how the most accurate kicker in college history has devolved in to this, easily missing 31 yarders and such. Every field goal is now a scare with him. I guess the pressure of the nfl got to him?

  • shady25

    Should have brought someone in last year to compete with him. Instead of thinking we can “fix” him.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Anyone seen any recent updates on the competition between Brandon McManus & Josh Brown? What I dug up quickly last night was from about 2wks ago and had them even. But the thought was that the Gints would probably go with McManus as he’s handled himself well so far and being much younger could even improve & strengthen his leg & accuracy. While Josh Brown is well 35yo, they know what they’d get from him and don’t see room for growth/improvement.

    There has to be someone out there. I mean Akers was moonlighting as a teacher wasn’t he before he tried out?

  • UncleCarm

    Missing field goals is a nightmare, but his kick offs are terrible also. It seems like every other team’s kicker puts most of them out the back of the endzone and Henery can’t even reach the end zone most of the time.

    • Blaqjaq

      That’s not true. Every one of his kickoffs last night was 5 yards deep. But, of course, it’s August, not December.

      • UncleCarm

        I’m sure your right because I shake my head in disgust when they are short of the end line and miss part of the play. But if the opponent has a premiere return man, they will bring out those 5 yard deep kicks. I remind you of the Minnesota pooch kick nightmare.