Dirk Koetter: Bucs’ kicking competition is tense, and that’s good

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Buccaneers practice went silent last week as second-year kicker Roberto Aguayo continued to struggle, suggesting that the players and coaches in Tampa realize they’re watching a young kicker show he’s not up to the pressure of the NFL. But Bucs coach Dirk Koetter says he welcomes the tension.

Koetter said veteran Nick Folk was brought in to compete with Aguayo, and the Bucs like seeing that competition in May.

“The competition has definitely started. I know everybody feels it,” Koetter said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “There’s a little tension when we’re going through that. That’s a good thing. That’s a good thing. This is pro football, there’s supposed to be competition.”

The Bucs surprised almost everyone when they chose Aguayo in the second round of last year’s draft, and when they signed Folk this offseason it was an acknowledgement that Aguayo didn’t get the job done as a rookie. From all indications Aguayo won’t have a job anymore in three months, and that’s a tense situation. As kicking in the NFL usually is.

21 responses to “Dirk Koetter: Bucs’ kicking competition is tense, and that’s good

  1. The Lions drafted a good college kicker in the 5th or 6th round in 2014, and it became quite apparent that he couldn’t handle the pressure of the NFL because he looked so bad compared to his college career.

    The Lions were competitive that year, going 11-5, so they couldn’t allow him much time to try to shake off the nerves and gain some confidence, so he was released after 4 or 5 games. He blew a game for them too, otherwise, they would have tied a franchise best and gone 12-4.

    His performance was so bad, and maybe he realized he just didn’t have the nerves for the game because I don’t think he ever participated in another NFL camp.

    Aguayo is obviously affected by the pressure, which was greatly exacerbated by the boneheaded decision to trade up to draft him in the second round.

  2. Can’t handle the pressure and doesn’t have any range. Even when he was more accurate at FSU he never had any range. Looking forward to Nick Folk putting this guy out of his misery.

  3. It’s not good when you dropped a second round pick on one of them last year.

  4. The Bucs simply over drafted this guy. Somehow he got the ‘automatic’ tag without being anywhere near automatic. He was 72% from 40-49 yards and 62.5% from 50+ at FSU. There are always a handful of UFAs available that put up those stats.

  5. This was a “high risk, high reward” pick. Although it looks like it may not work out, there are more players that don’t make an impact that do that are chosen. So before you criticize the Bucs, who did your team choose in late 2nd round and beyond that made an impact?

  6. I guess I’m not seeing this juggernaut Bucs team that everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon foe as a playoff contender. I have zero faith in Winston…he’s a bad decision maker. People like him will always let you down.

  7. .
    Like all of you, I’m anxious to bury a second year player. But let’s assume that the premise is correct. Let’s assume that Aguayo sucks and is cut. What that means is Licht blew a very late second round pick to try and repair a perennial problem on the team and it didn’t work out .

    How many other teams have blown draft picks. Let’s start with the Bears who gave up three picks to move up one spot in this year’s draft. Or when they chose Ego Ferguson over Jimmy Garopollo. And , let’s not forget Pat White and Kyle Fuller as early first rounders. I would have no problem juxtaposing the Buccaneers draft record versus the perennially lottery pickers, the Bears. If we’re focusing on draft ineptitude then Aguayo is small potatoes. He’s one pick. Let’s focus on the teams, like the Bears, that have annually produced trash drafts over a period of multiple decades.

  8. It’s funny that people are attempting to excuse this atrocious use of a second round pick by pointing out that other teams have missed on high picks. That’s totally irrelevant to this situation and this was way more egregious considering it’s almost unheard of to take a kicker in the second round and THEY TRADED UP to take him

  9. Roberto may not be BUC come late Setember but he will kick for another team in the NFL. If he has his head right he knows he’s auditioning for any NFL KICKER JOB, not just Tampa Bays. I see him like Mike Nuggent. The jets gave up on him quick…but he ended up kickibg for the Bengals for 8 or 9 years. Best of luck Roberto.

  10. Wasn’t that great of a draft. They could have got Dak, but didn’t need him. Jordon Howard, that would have been nice and Tyreek Hill. Other than that no one stands out.

  11. Is it really a good thing? I think when you draft a kicker in the 2nd round you should be hoping there’s not much competition at all. I’m not trolling here, just saying. Luckily for the buccs they have a very promising young offense n should be scary this year.

  12. Aguayo has no chance of winning that job, even if he finds a way to salvage himself and have a decent summer. Which is a, I’ll believe it when i see it scenario. Nick Folk is a very good kicker who has a big leg, can kick in adverse conditions and is clutch. He has made big kicks in his career.

  13. magnumpimustache says:
    May 29, 2017 10:15 AM

    The bucs fired Jon Gruden and replaced him with Raheem MORRIS.

    The bucs do not deserve any sympathy.

    They will be cursed forever


    Super Bowl 37 and Jameis say differently.

  14. kamthechancellor says:
    May 29, 2017 10:46 AM

    I guess I’m not seeing this juggernaut Bucs team that everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon foe as a playoff contender. I have zero faith in Winston…he’s a bad decision maker. People like him will always let you down.


    Jameis isn’t a bad decision maker, he’s a big risk taker. I know for a fact you saw what he is capable of doing during the first half of the Seattle v Tampa game last year.

  15. What’s the clearest sign of a dysfunctional football program? Drafting a kicker with a high draft pick. Like a first-time fantasy football player.

  16. “This was a “high risk, high reward” pick.”

    That’s the whole problem: There’s huge risk to taking a kicker high in the draft but almost no reward unless the guy has tremendous range–which Aguayo has never had. NFL kickers overall make such a high percentage Aguayo was never going to be significantly better than guys who were drafted in late rounds or not drafted at all. If he’d turned out to be good then it’s still drafting him too early; if he turns into a bust it’s a total disaster.

  17. “The bucs fired Jon Gruden and replaced him with Raheem MORRIS.”

    Gruden won the Super Bowl his first season with Dungy’s players then never won another playoff game (and only played in two) in the following 6 seasons. Morris’s best season of 10-6 and was better than any Gruden had after the Super Bowl year.

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