Steelers should give Heinz Field record-holder a call

AP

On Thursday night, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker tied the Heinz Field record for NFL games with a 52-yard game-winning field goal. With the Ravens unlikely to trade Tucker to the Steelers (although the Steelers would be wise to call G.M. Ozzie Newsome and say “name your price”), there’s another guy the Steelers should track down.

His name is Jarod Brown. A Yorktown, Virginia native who originally went to West Virginia, Brown transferred to Old Dominion. Two year ago, Brown kicked a 54-yard field goal at Heinz Field, the longest kick made in the history of the facility.

Brown has, by all appearances (and based on any and all evidence at Google), exited football. But that wasn’t before he drew attention in 2014 from teams like the Lions, 49ers, Colts, and Titans. As noted by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Brown had a knack for successful onside kicks, with an arsenal that included self-recoveries and pooches, both late in games and on a surprise basis.

But it’s that 54-yard kick that should at least get the Steelers to bring Jarod Brown to town for a tryout.

It was in that open end, down toward the water. And he stroked it,” Old Dominion special teams coordinator Michael Zyskowski said, via Birkett. “He had a little bit of wind, but it was twirling pretty good that game. . . . We tried three 54-yard kicks that game. It was just one of those things where, we had the wind, we’re like, ‘Ah, screw it. This kid’s got a leg, let’s give it a shot.'”

Brown’s issues with accuracy likely kept him from ever landing with an NFL team, and chances are he’s not the answer. But the Steelers need to be looking under every rock for a guy who can become their own version of Justin Tucker. Josh Scobee clearly isn’t the answer (in addition to missing two field goals last night at Heinz Field, he missed two field goals three weeks earlier at Gillette Stadium), but the Steelers don’t have many/any viable alternatives who would convert field goals on a consistent basis.

One of the top priorities from this point forward should be finding someone who can.

36 responses to “Steelers should give Heinz Field record-holder a call

  1. Bring back Kickalicious! I don’t understand why that guy never got a shot. 3-3 in his only preseason attempts with kicks from 49 and 50 yards. He must look really bad in practice or workouts for nobody to have given him a shot beyond Detroit.

  2. What I don’t like is when pricks like Michael Irving always yap about what Michael Vick did or did not look comfortable doing. The point is Vick took care of the goddamn ball and completed the vast majority of his passes against a pretty damn good Raven’s defense. All that bum ass kicker, Scobee had to do was his fucckin’ job, and Pittsburgh would’ve easily secured the win in regulation.

  3. If the Bears drop to 0-4 on Sunday, Mike should give Ryan Pace a call. He might let Gould go for a pick.

  4. Yep. Great call. Find a guy who has never kicked in the NFL, has accuracy problems, and hasn’t kicked in two years. Yep, put him on the team. That’s surely the guy to get them to the top. More Florio brilliance. Maybe they can trade for Brady and convert him to kicker. Brady is a god among gods and can do anything, after all.

  5. Scobee doesn’t like Pittsburgh–never has. Has a game ball from beating them in the Playoffs. It’s just a big downer for him leaving the pleasant Florida coast for the ‘Burgh.

  6. And then what are you gonna call for when this guy misses a field goal? Bring in someone else?

  7. Unreliable QB (but that’s why he’s the back up) and an unreliable kicker. Seems like there’s going to be a lot of running and going for 2.

  8. “If the Bears drop to 0-4 on Sunday, Mike should give Ryan Pace a call. He might let Gould go for a pick.”
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    Actually an excellent idea.

  9. I can see a defensive lineman dropping a potential interception. I can see a QB missing a block. But kicking is the ONLY job this guy has. How is he in the NFL? I think my dog could have made those kicks.

  10. True,If not for your kicker you woulda coulda shoulda beaten a win less team without their top 2 receivers & tight ends & best defensive player at home by 3 points!Yep, kicker is your only problem.
    The 62 total yards in the 3rd & 4th quarters was very impressive!The play calling and decision making was impressive also.Too bad they didn`t know their kicker was a weakness before the game.Maybe then they wouldn`t have gone conservative after going up 20-7 and settling for FG`s.

  11. Kicker won’t matter as long as Vick and his “left handed spinnin’ passes” bounce off your best receiver’s hands in the end zone. DHB’s td reception was about the luckiest catch I’ve seen since Tyree’s.

    Baltimore is just bad. And without Big Ben, Pittsburgh is too. Surprisingly crappy North.

  12. What happened to that crazy kicker they used to have that was always getting into trouble. He can’t be that rusty. All he does is kick and understands how to kick in that stadium.

  13. I wonder had the Patriots not franchise tagged Stephen Gostkowski would the Steelers have made a major push to acquire him. Probably only kicker better than Tucker in the league right now.

  14. Gary Andersen in his prime would have had trouble kicking into that wind at that end of the field.

  15. Scobee is a liability ,and both Tomlin and Colbert know it. He’s 6 for 10 which by kickers standards is bad.It’s not like he’s taking 50 yard shots either. They have 10 days to get a kicker in there, and it’s time Tomlin changes his post game speeches.” No excuses , this doesn’t define who we are ” guess what Mike, you are defined by A.) having a bad kicker that’s not clutch, and B) making consistant poor 4th quarter decisions not just last night but for the past 9 years !

  16. There’s a reason he isn’t playing for all the teams that looked at him. Nothing to see here folks.

  17. firecracker87 says:
    Oct 2, 2015 10:14 AM

    I can see a defensive lineman dropping a potential interception. I can see a QB missing a block. But kicking is the ONLY job this guy has. How is he in the NFL? I think my dog could have made those kicks.

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    Did you see Mike Vick’s block? I was very impressed! He put it all on the table for his team. As a Ravens fan, I’m disgusted with this win. Players not trying, coaches not taking points, and referees not calling obvious penalties. The Ravens were gifted this win, and I’d rather they lost the right way than win the wrong way.

  18. patriotsdefense says:
    Oct 2, 2015 12:18 PM

    I wonder had the Patriots not franchise tagged Stephen Gostkowski would the Steelers have made a major push to acquire him. Probably only kicker better than Tucker in the league right now.

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    Actually, he’s not. But nice try.

  19. ‘General Lee’…..I suspect most of the empty seats were from the Steelers Nation dog lovers. A lot of people in the ‘burgh’ are pretty upset with the pick-up of Vick……myself included. Scobee hasn’t been good for sure and Vick was a terrible mistake as was Mike Tomlin. The wrong coach left the building when the Rooneys forced out Arians.

  20. The Vick ‘curse’ has raised it very ugly Pit Bull head again. When Tomlin picked-up Vick he should have also hired a dog trainer.

  21. Steelers now only have 2 more possible wins this season, Cleveland twice. And I mean possible.
    I posted here earlier in the year that losing Suisham will cost them 3-4 wins this year and that game against the Ravens was one of them.
    With Ben and Bryant out and Pouncey and Suisham gone it’s amazing they even scored 20 points. Jimmy Smith always shuts Brown down but this game was extra. Did Brown even play??
    If Flacco doesn’t commit 2 unforced turnovers the Steeler offense would have even been worse.
    But watching this entire Steeler TEAM fold up in the 4th quarter and do everything in their power to lose was perfect. They have no talent, no heart and no character.
    Reminds me of last year’s playoff game humiliation.
    Super Bowl aspirations?? Pulllease…….

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