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All praise to Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke for signing kicker Billy Cundiff. The Niners are entering the playoffs and the stakes are high and they need an efficient place kicker. Given their situation, the 49ers have done everything they can to improve their kicking game. If Cundiff beats out David Akers in head to head competition that shows — or may show — he is ready for the playoffs. If Akers beats out Cundiff, ditto. This was a good prudent move.

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  1. Phil

    how would you define it as a good move when Cundiff can’t kick a ball over 50 yards? Look up the stats Cohn, with kickers they never lie

    January 1st, 2013 7:23 pm

  2. Hacksaw

    I like the idea of competition, but fans who know Cundiff are laughing at the idea of him being an upgrade. However, Akers seems lost. He really looks like he knows he can’t do it anymore and his career is now over. The only good I can see from this is that maybe it forces Roman to be a little more aggressive after crossing the 50 yard line and trying to get into the endzone a bit more. He seems way too content to settle for field goals.

    January 1st, 2013 7:31 pm

  3. WuzUpG

    Cundiff was cut by two teams, this year alone, which speaks a lot to his inconsistency, as well. Furthermore, Cundiff’s leg isn’t as strong as Akers.

    I believe, this is a PR move, to show they tried to do something.

    I foresee the 49ers going on 4th down, if they’re greater than a 42-yard FG range (line of scrimmage on 25-yardline).

    January 1st, 2013 7:35 pm

  4. RednGold1

    conversation
    Trent: Cundiff isn’t really an upgrade over Akers.
    Jim: I’ll keep ‘em both and tell the press it’s competition.

    January 1st, 2013 7:45 pm

  5. eatmycumulous

    Cundiff on chip shots, Akers on the long bombs. We’re set!

    January 1st, 2013 10:01 pm

  6. Bill Walsh

    You guys have it all wrong!

    Anything within Cundiff’s range, have Cundiff kick.
    Anything out of Cundiff’s range, have Akers kick.
    Akers also handles the kickoffs, which he has no problems with.

    The Genius lives!

    January 1st, 2013 10:41 pm

  7. Johnc

    I agree that Cundiff is not an upgrade. If Akers can get back to form then watch out. I don’t know what the problem is. Is it confidence, technique or both? He seems to kick the ball hard..it’s his accuracy. This reminds me of golf. When under pressure, confidence is just as important as technique .

    January 1st, 2013 11:40 pm

  8. chris

    Akers will remain the Niners kicker……..signing Cundiff is nothing more than a ploy by Harbaugh to scare Akers into kicking better. It wont work though, because Akers is hurt with a bad groin. Hurt kicker, hurt defensive line, QB with no playoff experience………Niners wont make it past the first round.

    January 2nd, 2013 8:46 am

  9. Dr. Feelgood

    I’m trying to imagine he personal hell David Akers is enduring.

    The King of Kickers suddenly loses his authority. Is he physically damaged? Or worse, for whatever reason, has he lost his self-confidence and his inner strength.
    A field goal is not a bang-bang play. The kicker sits on his duff for hours, doing whatever, then he gets sent in with the entire game, entire season, and sometimes, the world championship resting on, not just his leg, but on his mental state of mind. No one talks to him. He lives and dies alone with the world watching.

    What happened to him? The man was booed Sunday as if he were the ghost of Alex Smith Past. He is so bereft that he excludes himself from celebrating with his teammates in the post-game locker room, as if he sees himself as no longer part of the team. Could this have ever been imaginable? David Akers?, who has given so, so much to the team’s success

    The team has to do what it has to do. They simply cannot go into the playoffs with question marks at PK. But I am just so very sorry for the torment Mr. Akers is living with.

    January 2nd, 2013 9:05 am

  10. Dan

    If he’s in shape, Ryan Longwell

    January 2nd, 2013 11:13 am

  11. JayT

    Less than 40 yards – Akers.
    40 – 49 yards – Cundiff
    50+ yards – Akers.

    Weird.

    January 2nd, 2013 11:29 am

  12. Stan

    Never heard of him.

    January 2nd, 2013 11:32 am

  13. Stan

    Btw, I had to buy Mondays Chron since a: I was at the market. and 2: BANG wont deliver the paper I paid for M-S home delivery,on Mondays a year in advance. No,they gave no refund.

    And what did I see? The Chron’s sports editor thinks he’s a columnist Al Sarasomething. That’s the same guy who in cahoots with the Giants banned me because of my Tim and Aubrey truths..that their writers never would write-until a year later..
    No,I didn’t read his article,and when he’s on Comcast,I change the channel. He’s too in bed with the Giants to take serious.
    No wonder Phil Bronstein quit..that rag has changed for the worse..and Phil didn’t do anything to improve it..

    January 2nd, 2013 11:50 am

  14. htwaits

    That’s a great innuendo free evaluation of the situation. In a very small way, it’s similar to what went on in Washington yesterday. A bad bill was passed and it is commendable that it was passed. The price of doing nothing at that point might have been catastrophic.

    Now if we happen to be eliminated from the Superbowl quest, like several teams from the past, due to a bad field goal try, we need to remember the clarity of this moment. There were no better choices.

    January 2nd, 2013 12:41 pm

  15. Stan

    One more: Damn the state of Pennsylvania. Suing- with NO complaints by Penn State- the NCAA for its sanctions.
    Never did a program deserve to be disbanded like Penn State’s football corruption of morals. With the backing of the then Penn State’s leaders.
    And damn ESPN for saying that the schools winning streak was overcoming adversity. Yes,like running over all those kids body’s that got in the way.

    January 2nd, 2013 1:29 pm

  16. lflong9erfn

    Couldn’t agree more. Cundiff may not be better, but we do know what we have in Akers. Akers is broken, for whatever reason. The 49ers cannot afford to stand pat.

    January 2nd, 2013 5:16 pm

  17. 49ersRob

    How can any move this late in the season be good? This move should have been done weeks ago when Akers first started struggling when I believe he was injured. It’s frustrating to see how Harbaugh has treated the players. This isn’t college anymore where one can change and in the span of one week not lose some sort of chemistry. Think of the time it will take for Jennings and Lee to get comfortable with Cundiff or any new kicker, especially right before the playoffs. Whether they stay with Akers or a new kicker at this juncture in the season is a lose lose in my opinion. This isn’t the time for a kicking competition.

    January 2nd, 2013 11:24 pm

  18. Tommy CostaRica

    Man could we use Ray Wersching right now! Remembering how he never looked up. Other than that I’d just let Harbaugh kick it himself.

    January 3rd, 2013 8:34 am

  19. Tommy CostaRica

    I just found this, it must be a tough life being an NFL kicker!
    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/12/16/Charges-dropped-against-Ray-Wersching/UPI-35611229456351/

    January 3rd, 2013 8:40 am

  20. lameduck

    Hopefully Wersching has his health and family. That would make him better off than most players.

    January 3rd, 2013 9:33 am

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