A reference to the kicker from one of the funniest movies of all time, Ace Ventura Pet Detective. OK maybe it wasn't that funny, but I sure thought it was when i was 12. One day Nate Kaeding will have a sex change, join the San Diego PD. There he will kidnap Philip Rivers before a Superbowl to get his revenge on the team. Too bad Philip wasn't the holder, or this post would have worked better. "The Laces were In!!!!"
It is unfair to pin all of the blame on Kaeding, however, he joins a long list of good regular season kickers who have choked in the postseason and flamed out of the league. Along with the fictional Ray Finkle, he joined the likes of Mike Vanderjagt, Scott Norwood, Martin Grammatica, and Neil Rackers. These kickers especially Vanderjagt had great regular seasons, but could not come through when it mattered the most. In the NFL, kickers are very expendable and if a kicker is not clutch, he is useless. It doesn't matter if he made the probowl or made 30 out of 30 FGs. The NFL shows no mercy to a kicker who misses clutch kicks that he should have made.