Finding a consistent and trustworthy NFL kicker is not an easy thing to do, just ask the Chicago Bears. But the Atlanta Falcons have been pretty good searching out reliable guys to fill that role.
Between the kicking history of Morten Andersen, Jason Elam, and Matt Bryant, the Falcons have been solid at kicker and Younghoe Koo looks to be the next long-term kicker for the Falcons, as he's having the best season of any kicker in the NFL this year.
Koo is 29 for 30 on field goals, including 6 for 6 on FGs longer than 50 yards. He's also 22 for 25 in PATs.
Those are all great numbers for Koo personally, but they diagram a major problem for the Falcons, and that's kicking more field goals than extra points.
When compared with Harrison Butker, the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, one can see the difference:
• Koo has attempted 30 field goals, just 19 for Butker.
• Koo has attempted 25 PATs, that number is up to 41 for Butker.
The Falcons' inability to score touchdowns when they get into position is a large reason the team sits at 4-7 and not 7-4.
John and Hugh discuss the breakout season that Younghoe Koo is having and while it's certainly an achievement for him, it's a problem for the Falcons.
The good news for Atlanta is that Koo is just 26 years old and seems to be in line to be the kicker for a decade. And hopefully when the team does find itself in meaningful games the Falcons can count on him to hit the big ones.