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NFC honors Mare
Olindo Mare has scored again.
After kicking five field goals in the Seahawks’ 22-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Mare will be named NFC special teams player of the week on Wednesday.
It is the second time this season that a member of special teams coach Brian Schneider’s unit has been honored. Leon Washington was selected for Week 3 after returning kickoffs 101 and 99 yards for touchdowns in the Seahawks’ win over the San Diego Chargers.
Mare also extended his club record for consecutive field goals to 30 on Sunday, but even take doesn’t tell the entire tale of his contributions to a win that lifted the Seahawks into sole possession of first place in the NFC West heading into this week’s game against the Raiders in Oakland.
The veteran kicker actually kicked 10 field goals in the game. One was blocked, but nullified because the blocker – the Cardinals’ Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – was offside. Three other kicks were erased by penalties against the Seahawks, including back-to-back holding calls that forced Mare to hit from 31, 41 and finally 51 yards. Another kick didn’t count when the Seahawks accepted an offside penalty because it gave them a first down.
Any way you slice it, Mare had one busy afternoon at Qwest Field on Sunday.
“You can’t talk about this game without talking about Olindo. What the heck was that?” coach Pete Carroll said after the game. “It was crazy what happened on the edge today. I think after that early jump, we got a little out of sorts and we overcommitted – and we got a couple of holding calls on the edge rusher.
“But Olindo kept banging them home. He’s such a stud, come-through guy. I’m just so proud of him. That’s as difficult as you can get. That never happens in a game, to have that many chances and re-kicks. And he just kept banging them home. So that was a fantastic for him, and for us.”
The 51-yarder in the third quarter was the longest in Mare’s current streak. He also converted from 20, 31, 24 and 26 yards – at least on the kicks that counted.
“I’ve never kicked that may field goals,” he said after the game. “I think a lot of guys, when you start getting into a rhythm and kicking a lot of field goals, it kind of helps you out.”
Mare likened kicking three in a row from 31, 41 and 51 to what he does in practice each day. He also made sure to credit his holder, Jon Ryan, and snapper, Clint Gresham, for their repetitive efforts.
“We get that feeling and that confidence,” he said. “Nothing’s going to happen, just do my job and not worry about anybody else. We can get in a rhythm and just get it going.”