Kicker performance has been shown, over and over, to be essentially random from year to year. All but the most elite kickers tend to have good seasons followed by lesser seasons, and so on and so forth.
A classic example of that would be David Akers. He was one of the more consistent kickers in the NFL for a long time, consistently nailing over 80% of his kicks. Then he went into a funk from 2005-2007 where he only converted about 75%. Last year for the 49ers at the ripe old age of 38, he converted an awful 69%, and he's not guaranteed a gig in 2013 because of it.
I bring this up for a few reasons. Number one, Matt Bryant is going to be 38 this year. He has had a truly awesome run in Atlanta, but those runs don't last forever, even for someone as great as Money. Teams don't tend to change kickers until their performance visibly dips, and by then, you're left to frantically pick over the free agent market. Sometimes that works, as with Bryant. Other times it doesn't, like every situation Billy Cundiff has been involved with recently.
Of Matt Bryant And The 2013 Atlanta Falcons Season
The Falcoholic | Feb 10