Jason Myers is arguably responsible for the Seattle Seahawks’ only win over the last month, but he’s also had a season that is a microcosm of his career and perhaps the Seahawks’ season as a whole.
Myers missed a 42-yard field goal wide right against the Dallas Cowboys and had some close shaves on two of his extra points. While Myers is still perfect on PATs, he’s been erratic with his field goal kicking.
The 42-yard miss by Jason Myers dropped him to 8-for-13 on field goal attempts on the road this season (61.5%), the second-worst percentage in the NFL. Only the Patriots' Chad Ryland (5-of-9, 55.6%) has been worse. https://t.co/EvRImfp58P— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) December 1, 2023
Yes, Myers has a pair of games in which he was a perfect 5-of-5 on kicks. He’s also 15-of-22 (68%) in the other 10 games. While we still have the rest of the Week 13 schedule to come, Myers sits 29th among 32 qualified kickers in field goal percentage. The only less accurate kickers are Brett Maher (73.9%, currently out of the NFL after the Rams cut him), New England Patriots rookie Chad Ryland (66.7%), and the New York Giants’ Graham Gano (64.7%).
Perhaps most troubling is the fact that Myers is just 4-of-8 in domes or stadiums with retractable roofs, so he’s not even reliably accurate in controlled environments.
This season, kickers across the NFL are 71% from 50-59 yards out, which is a testament to how much better NFL kickers are today than they were 20 years ago. Myers sits at .500 and he has a missed game-winner against the Los Angeles Rams.
Myers is the league’s 4th highest paid kicker and on either side of the season that got him paid, he’s kicked below 80%. He’s had plenty of moments in his Seahawks tenure where he’s been one of the most important players on the roster, but he’s also shown zero year-to-year consistency over his entire NFL career. This season, he’s high-variance even on a month-to-month basis.
And before you even say, “Seahawks need a new kicker!” I will point you to his contract. Seattle can’t have more than two post-June 1 designations in a given year, so he’s likely staying for 2024, where history may indicate we’re in for an All-Pro caliber season.
But for the here and now, Myers hasn’t been good enough. He might not be nearly as consequential as the other reasons the team is 6-6 and staring at a fourth straight season without a playoff win, but he’s not exactly been a bystander.