Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kickers Might Get Quick Boot; No Margin for Error for Seder, Hanson

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kickers Might Get Quick Boot; No Margin for Error for Seder, Hanson

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Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer

Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin sent a public message to his kicker and punter yesterday: He's not going to have much patience with the kicking game.

After the Jaguars signed former Dallas Cowboys kicker Tim Seder to a one-year contract to replace rookie Hayden Epstein, who was waived Tuesday, Coughlin indicated he's not going to have as much patience with Seder as he did with Epstein.

Coughlin had a draft choice invested in Epstein and gave him six games to prove himself. But Epstein missed his fourth attempt of the season in nine tries Sunday, a 39-yarder late in the second quarter at Baltimore. He also declined to let Epstein try field-goal attempts on four other fourth-down plays.

"The idea was to bring him along and there would be constant improvement," Coughlin said of his strategy with Epstein.

"I don't want to be real patient [with Seder]. I'd like to see the performance this week that we're looking for."

The Jaguars play host to the expansion Houston Texans on Sunday.

"We need the kicker to perform," Coughlin said. "We can't have the kind of games we'd like to play unless the kickers perform and do the things they're supposed to do, not only field goals, but kick the ball off where we want it, punt the ball where we want it."

The last reference was to punter Chris Hanson, who punted from the Baltimore 44 and 31 Sunday and kicked both balls into the end zone for touchbacks instead of pinning the Ravens inside their 10.

"That's ridiculous," Coughlin said of Hanson's failure to pin the Ravens deep.

Both Seder and Hanson sounded ready for the challenge.

"There's nobody who wants to go out and make field goals any worse than I do," Seder said. "I think if I sit around and worry about those things, then you put yourself in a bad situation. You get an opportunity, you want to take advantage of it."

Coughlin brought in five other kickers Tuesday to challenge Seder and he said the competition was close, so Coughlin has alternatives if Seder doesn't meet his expectations.

"When this group came here to kick, they had the look in their eye. …

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