Nick Novak on the hotseat again
Three weeks after sitting in the Hook's HotSeat, Washington Redskins kicker and Albemarle High School alum Nick Novak now finds himself on an actual hot seat as he faces possible unemployment. On Tuesday, the Redskins signed kicker Shaun Suisham to be part of the team's practice squad. Considering most teams only carry one kicker, it's a clear sign that Novak could be one errant kick away from getting the boot.
On November 5, Novak was the hero when he made a last-second 47-yard field goal to beat the Dallas Cowboys. However, since signing with the 'Skins in October, Novak has made only 5 of 10 field goal attempts, making him the least accurate among all starting NFL kickers. Last Sunday, Novak nearly cost his team a win when he missed a relatively easy 37-yard attempt in a close game with the Carolina Panthers.
The former Charlottesvillian knows such job insecurity is part of being an NFL kicker. As he told the Hook earlier this month, "There are only 32 jobs out there, so the pressure is higher. But that's why you do it."
Novak next takes the field when the Redskins take on the Atlanta Falcons at home this Sunday, December 3 at 1pm.
DEC. 4 UPDATE: Novak found himself on the bench this weekend as the Redskins promoted Suisham from the practice squad to handle all kicking duties. He made both his extra point attempts but missed his one and only field goal, a 50-yard attempt.