Lovie Smith: Kyle Brindza is our kicker

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The Buccaneers lost 19-9 in Houston on Sunday afternoon to drop to 1-2 on the season, but the result could have been a more positive one had kicker Kyle Brindza not had as bad a day as a kicker could hope to have.

Brindza missed three field goals and an extra point during the game and even the mathematically disadvantaged could probably figure out that the 10 points he left on the board accounted for the entire margin of defeat. Two of the missed field goals would have given Tampa the lead and changed the tenor of the game, something that led Texans defensive end J.J. Watt to point out that Brindza “helped us out a little bit.”

It did not lead coach Lovie Smith to consider making a change at the position, however.

“No. Kyle is our kicker,” Smith said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “He, like a lot of us, had a disappointing day. That hasn’t been the case. You’re going to have off days, and this was an off day. When a player has an off day, we need to rally around him in other ways, and that’s what we weren’t able to do.”

Smith pointed to the Bucs run defense as a problem on Sunday while quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Mike Evans both took blame for the team not putting more points on the board. The loss, like almost all losses, was definitely a team effort, but four missed kicks in a single game is still a lot to swallow without even considering a look in another direction. That’s true of any team, but especially one that has as slim a margin for error as the Buccaneers appear to have this season.

29 responses to “Lovie Smith: Kyle Brindza is our kicker

  1. Unfortunately for Bucs fans, Lovie Smith is our coach. It’d be nice to just cut him right now and get someone off the street, cause they really couldn’t be any worse.

  2. How can you have a story about missed field goals and not include the yardage of said missed field goals?

  3. ….he’s a rookie with a bozzoka for a leg. Lovie on this one is taking the right approch…..as long as this doesnt become a habit, you support him and move forward. The Bucs need to start getting in the endzone more & stop going for FG’s

  4. Lovie is brain dead at this point….this guy would have been not only fired but right after his last kick I would have had someone escort him to his house, with bags packed from One Buc Place…and give him a pat on the back with a nice good luck kid and good bye!!!

  5. Another week of excuses…..No excuse for missing that many field goals and to be a elite receiver you need to catch the ball! There’s no hunger to be the best in Tampa. It shows every Sunday as we get beat down week after week! GO BUCS

  6. He’s got a strong leg but even at Notre dame he was iffy in the clutch. He won’t last another week like yesterday even with a clown like Lovie as coach

  7. guy boomed one from 58 yards that would have been good from 70. how far was the one he missed at the end? I want to say it was something like 60. Can’t get too mad about missing that.

  8. Hey Kyle you suck!!!

    I was hoping you wouldn’t suck but you do…

    I want Tim Wright back since our receivers can’t catch worth crap and Kyle sucks…

  9. Kyle Brindza is Lovie’s kicker because Lovie chose him so he just HAS to be the most awesome kicker ever.

    In Lovie’s mixed up playground of a mind.

  10. So fire a good kicker that has a bad day, because it is his fault that we lost? I guess it has nothing to do with the bum at QB that can’t even complete 50%, or the fact that we couldn’t even hit 100 yd rushing. The person that needs to go is Lovie Smith, and all of his Chicago Bears rejects.

  11. So fire a good kicker that has a bad day, because it is his fault that we lost? I guess it has nothing to do with the bum at QB that can’t even complete 50%, or the fact that we couldn’t even hit 100 yd rushing. The person that needs to go is Lovie Smith, and all of his Chicago Bears rejects.
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    @jwags718

    First of all, Jamies Winston would’ve been at 75% passing if the WRs and TEs caught balls.

    Secondly, we were playing the game against a very very talented DLine with two rookies and a back-up center along the offensive line. What did you expect?

    Chris Conte and Henry Melton have been playing great! Don’t blame those guys that we had George Johnson, Banks, and William Gholston getting hurt.

  12. Love the tampa fan base calling for a new HC after 19 games under Lovie. Because we all know that changing coaching staffs every couple of years is a solid recipe for success. God forbid you give Lovie and Licht a chance to build a team around a ROOKIE qb and extremely young team overall.

  13. ckualii says:
    Sep 28, 2015 7:35 PM
    Love the tampa fan base calling for a new HC after 19 games under Lovie. Because we all know that changing coaching staffs every couple of years is a solid recipe for success. God forbid you give Lovie and Licht a chance to build a team around a ROOKIE qb and extremely young team overall.
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    Best post on here so far….

    Changing coaches in the 80s and 90s never worked. The successful organizations stick with a coach for a while and build.

    Go Bucs!

  14. Leaving 10 points on the field is always going to hurt. Those missed kicks killed out momentum and deflated the team after good drives.

    We aren’t far away. We really should have had that one.

    Still not a word about how Donovan Smith dominated Watt and Clowney in pass pro. Not bad for a second round rookie.

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