While the ballot remains open, Keena Turner is pulling away from Dave Wilcox, to the dismay of some. It's an interesting switch as in the first vote Dave Wilcox won the position. The addition of close to 300 votes changed things up.
The very first position we looked at for our all-time team was kicker. Way back in April 2008 you (or some of you) voted Ray Wersching as the 49ers all-time kicker. I had wanted to roll out an especially big one next, but I thought it'd be best to save it for Monday when everybody is refreshed from the weekend. In the meantime, the 49ers have had some very solid kickers in their history. They have certainly had some awful ones as well, but for now we'll just look at the good. Wersching and Nedney's short bios have been updated since last time.
Ray Wersching (1977-1987): After 4 season with the Chargers, Wersching spent 11 seasons with the 49ers and currently sits atop their all-time list of field goals made and extra points made. Furthermore, Wersching was the kicker on the 1981 and 1984 Super Bowl championship teams. I'd like to think that character is not an issue for our All-Time Team, but for those concerned, Wersching was indicted in 2006 for embezzling more than $8 million in insurance premiums. UPDATE: Wersching copped a plea that allowed him to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and serve home confinement, along with two years of probation. In exchange, the prosecution dropped the embezzlement charges. Apparently he is now working as a book-keeper. Whether you buy it or not, it sounds like Wersching have been victimized in this.
Tommy Davis (1959-1969): Davis was drafted by the 49ers and spent his entire career with the team. He currently sits second in field goals made while actually also being the all-time leading punter in team history (so we'll see him again for that vote). One thing to take into consideration: While he is 2nd in made field goals, he finished with a 47% field goal percentage. Ouch. Of course he is second in made and attempted extra points and finished with a 99.4% XP%, only missing two in his career.
Mike Cofer (1988-1993): Cofer played six of his eight years with the 49ers, kicking for the back-to-back Super Bowl champions in '88 and '89, making the Pro Bowl in the latter year. He is #3 with 128 made field goals, but only at a robust 67%, good for 99th in NFL history!
Joe Nedney (2005-Present): Nedney has been a 49er for 4 years and is currently signed through 2011. He moved into 4th on the all-time list in fields made with 101, and remains in second place behind Jeff Wilkins in FG % (who was only 42-47). In fact, in passing 100 field goals attempted and made, Nedney is the career leader in FG % with over 100 attempts. It's entirely possible Nedney will finish his career as the 49ers all-time leader in field goals made, surpassing Ray Wersching. The downside to that is poor offenses have led to some high FG numbers. Either way, Nedney is one heck of a kicker, and equally important, inspired "Kick Me Nedney." As bad as the 49ers have been at times, Nedney has been quite the rock for them.
Who should be our all-time kicker?
Ray Wersching (175 votes)
Tommy Davis (13 votes)
Mike Cofer (40 votes)
Joe Nedney (242 votes)
470 total votes