Kai Forbath encouraged by kickoffs, puts missed field goal behind him

September 12, 2013
Keith Burns, Kai Forbath
Kai Forbath made 17 of 18 field goal attempts last season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Place kicker Kai Forbath said he knows exactly what happened on his missed field goal attempt in Monday night’s game and is eager to prove that he can bounce back from it and make his next attempt.

Forbath’s 40-yard attempt narrowly sailed wide right in the Redskins’ loss to the Eagles. It was a rare miss for Forbath, who last season made 17 consecutive field goals – a league record for a player in his first year – before missing his final attempt of the year in the season finale.

Forbath made all seven field goal attempts during the preseason before Monday’s miss.

“I just kind of swung across my body instead of swinging up through the target,” Forbath said on Thursday. “It’s very similar to a golf swing. If you slice it, you’re going to come down and across it. That’s the best way I can describe it. Just came down and chopped it. Shot right a little bit.”

Forbath said that he doesn’t allow himself to feel pressure to go on another long successful run because only the next kick matters. He will not reflect on the miss anymore.

“I just take one kick at a time,” Forbath said. “That kick is gone now, and I plan on going out and making the next kick there is to kick.”

He added, “I think moving on from a miss is the biggest challenge for a lot of kickers, and I think that really shows, if you’re able to do it, and I’m looking forward to going out and making the next one.”

Forbath did exhibit improvement in the kickoff department. After struggling with distance on kickoffs last season, the second-year pro focused this offseason on becoming sound in that department.

After not handling kickoff duties at UCLA, Forbath had to refine his technique.

Forbath likens technique on kickoffs to a golf swing as well. Every aspect – approach, stroke, speed and drive – all have to be consistent.

“Momentum and technique and having it be the same. Watching my kickoff, every kick was different. It’s kind of nice now, feeling I’m in a rhythm,” said Fobath, who had three touchbacks on Monday and only 15 all of last season. “It’s clearly an improvement from last year. I’m pleased with it. Yeah, when you work hard on something, and you see the results in the offseason, it’s nice to see it when it finally comes down to it. … It’s something I’ve been working on, and I’m glad I’m finally starting to see it come.”

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What’s ahead:

● We’ll check in with Barry Cofield and Packers Coach Mike McCarthy.

● The Redskins practice at 11:50 a.m. on Friday.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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