In what was a surprising move to many fans and media pundits, the Chargers released kicker Nick Novak in favor of undrafted free agent Josh Lambo.
What a web they weave.
Despite Novak being the second-most accurate kicker in Chargers’ history, he has been replaced by an unproven rookie that has yet to kick in a game that matters.
What does this mean for the Chargers?
From the looks of things, the team fell in love with Lambo’s ability to crush the ball on kickoffs. His ability to make clutch kicks in the Arizona game certainly helped his case.
Novak was Mr. Consistency with the Bolts, making 74 of 83 field-goal attempts; good for a mark of 89.2 percent. Novak also connected on all 115 extra-point attempts with the Bolts.
So why did Lambo win the job?
Confidence and a long leg.
Lambo has shown during the offseason and preseason that he has the leg to drive kicks with optimal power. The majority of his kickoffs during the offseason have been deep into the end zone. His clutch kicks under pressure, apparently, showed the organization that he was the man for the job.
Yes, I am surprised by the release of Novak. I am not alone in that thinking.
Gambling on Josh Lambo will be a point of contention among fans for the upcoming season. Novak is a fan favorite.
Will the gamble pay off?
Only time will tell.
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