I hate how the media is having a lovefest with this Hoffman guy. His results are not all that great.
Yes, for much of his career he managed to turn s*** into dung or guano, but only a handful of seasons did the Cowboys ever have what would qualify as a good kicker during his 16-year run. You can see some of these results pointed out here:http://www.falcfans.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1709
Based on the figures in that post, if he's worked with 20 different kickers but only 3 of them reached a benchmark where you could say, this guy better than "effective" he was actually "pretty good" then this guys results suck.
I want to see this guy turning guys into kickers that really make it in the NFL. But none have. I want to see this guy have a track record like Mike Martz, where he's taking other team's 3rd string QBs, plugging them into his offensive system and getting multiple Pro Bowls, Super Bowls, League MVPs, etc.
Now obviously, kickers aren't going to be winning those awards, but I want someone that can look back on the guys he worked with 5, 10, and 15 years later, and say hey, I was the guy that gave this guy that's been kicking in the league for 8, 9 years his start. I don't need him to be saying I made Morten Andersen or Adam Vinatieri HOF kickers, but at least give me an Olindo Mare or John Hall! He's got nothing. He was never able to get more than 3 productive years out of any of his guys and none of them lasted more than 6 years in the NFL.
This Hoffman guy is a joke if you ask me. When we first hired him, I was thinking, okay this is a good move because it allows DeCamillis to focus on improving our return game and coverage units. But now I realize that if Hoffman is such a kicking guru, how come he hasn't found hardly any success with improving veterans? Are rookies the only ones that are impressionable enough that can improve from his teaching techniques? And if he's such a good coach why are all these young guys falling apart in 2nd and 3rd years?
This guy has managed to make a career out of slapping a new paint of on a lemon, and duping people into thinking its a beamer, and then it may run for a year, and it might be good enough to get you to and from work, but it's not going to come through when you need it to get to the hospital to see your dying mother or to drive that extra 15 minutes in distance for that new job interview.
And when the results don't come, I'm not going to blame Hoffman. I'm going to blame McKay and Mora, because this truly an issue of poor management, not coaching. Hoffman is going to keep doing what he's going to do and take nobodies and make them into mediocre kickers for the most part. It's the people in charge like Mora & McKay that are the ones that believe he's going to perform miracles.
Fact is, DeCamillis had a pretty good eye for unseen talent. He did scope out Jay Feely and David Akers didn't he? Jake Arians and Matt Allen are 2 other Falcon camp bodies that managed to do alright for 1 year in the NFL.