Rams' Zuerlein comes down to earth
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. (REUTERS/Sarah Conard)
Greg (Legatron) Zuerlein became a rookie in earnest on Sunday in Miami.
He screwed up for the first time in his short career.
Through five weeks, he’d been living a surreal existence as placekicker for the St. Louis Rams – perfect on field goals (12-for-12) including two longshots from 58 and 60 yards.
But after making his first two attempts Sunday against the Dolphins, he missed from 48 and 32 yards. With Miami ahead 17-14, 30 seconds left on the clock, and the Rams facing a 4th-and-8 at the Dolphins’ 49-yard line, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher didn’t hesitate to send him out to try a game-tying field goal — from 66 yards out.
Last week a source claimed Zuerlein is capable of kicking a field goal from 70 yards in the right conditions, and even longer with a strong wind.
Sure enough, Zuerlein had the length on the kick that would have broken the NFL field-goal record by three yards – but he was wide left.
“It’s tough on the young man but he’ll bounce back,” Fisher said. “He’s fine. He’s just got that personality.”
The Rams gained 461 yards on the day, but couldn’t solve the stout Miami defence once crossing midfield. Ryan Tannehill threw two TD passes for the Dolphins win. Both teams are now 3-3.