I watch most Saints games at a bar where 7 or 8 games are on at a time. It appears to me EVERYBODY is missing FGs these bays, not just the Saints. I saw a guy hit the same upright 2 times yesterday and witnessed at least 3 other misses besides Hartley. I was curious to see if kickers were performing like usual or was my suspicion that more misses were occuring this year than other years..
Now, don't misunderstand, Hartley's misses are not acceptable. He has to do better. Games are decided on FGs often, inspite of all of us wanting TDs. But, it seems like the kickers are missing more this year than usual.
So, I looked into it and this year kickers have missed 70 FGs out of 340 attempts. That's a 20.58 % miss percentage. Last year, for the entire season, the miss percentage was less - going 17.21 % with 152 misses in 883 attempts. Now, my analysis is not very in-depth, but it does show a higher percentage of misses this year and I would think that kicks later in the season would be tougher due to bad weather playing a part. We haven't even gotten to the tough times yet. However, I don't know if that's necessarily true because it is possible that in bad weather teams will not try long field goals as a result of the bad conditions.
Anyway, I just thought this was interesting and I would welcome any thoughts. Bottom line for us, though, is that Hartley has to be more consistent , esapecially on the ones that are well within his range.