Kick was too soon: Vandy

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:14 AM ET

If and when Mike Vanderjagt has to make a big kick these playoffs, he hopes to have more help from his coaching staff than San Diego Chargers rookie Nate Kaeding did.

The Oakville native was shocked that San Diego Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer didn't try to get the ball closer for a potential game winning field goal on Saturday night.

Instead, Kaeding missed a 40-yarder in overtime, allowing the Jets to score a 20-17 win in an AFC wild-card game.

"I hope our (coaches) are smarter than just shutting it down as soon as you get in field goal-range," Vanderjagt said after his Colts defeated the Denver Broncos 49-24 yesterday.

"For a rookie in his first playoff game, you are going to ask him to kick a 40 yarder in the rain to win the game? That's a bad decision.

"I'm sure it's going to haunt him the whole off-season. As potent as that offence was going, they should have just rammed it into the end zone."


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