Nick Folk after three missed field goals against Patriots: “This one’s on me”

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicking woes continued Thursday night against the New England Patriots.

Nick Folk missed three field goals for Tampa Bay as the Patriots managed to escape with a 19-14 victory over the Buccaneers. Folk missed from 56, 49 and 31 yards, forcing the offense to score touchdowns they would not have needed otherwise to grab the lead. Folk’s misses from 56 and 49 yards weren’t particularly close either. His miss from 31 yards wide left with less than six minutes remaining was the final blow. A make there would have allowed the chance for a game-winning field goal try in the closing seconds instead of a throw for the end zone.

Folk isn’t trying to dodge the blame for his misses.

We should have won the game, 20-19,” Folk said,” via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. “So this one’s on me.”

It’s not all on Folk. Cameron Brate dropped a touchdown pass before Folk’s final miss from 31 yards that would have made it a 16-14 game. Jameis Winston scored on a 3-yard scramble only to have that touchdown negated by an illegal hands to the face penalty on center Evan Smith. Either one of those scores would have enable the Buccaneers to have a greater chance to winning the game.

Instead, Folk’s third miss two plays later carried a greater significance.

The Buccaneers had hoped they’d found their kicker for the foreseeable future when they selected Roberto Aguayo in the second round of last year’s NFL Draft.

Aguayo missed nine of 31 field goal attempts and missed a pair of extra point tries last year with Tampa Bay. His struggles led the team to bring in Folk to compete in training camp. As he continued to falter, the Buccaneers released Aguayo and gave the job to Folk.

Folk has now missed five kicks in the last two games. The Buccaneers will have an extra few days prior to their next game against the Arizona Cardinals to assess what other options are available to them given the continued missteps of their kicking game.

14 responses to “Nick Folk after three missed field goals against Patriots: “This one’s on me”

  1. I dunno, man. The two long ones were tough kicks into the wind. The short one he should have had, but wouldn’t have won the game.

  2. The Patriots are top quality and they don’t need gifts from the Bucs, Falcons, or Seahawks to help their legacy.

    Tuck rule aside, the Patriots are at least in position to take advantage of other team’s self destructions.

    But why are other teams gifting these wins?!

  3. Don’t you think the Patriots would have done something different had they made any of those field goals? What about the times the Patriots were in the red zone inside the 10 and didn’t score touchdowns but had to settle for field goals? So if only they had made those touchdowns, it wouldn’t have mattered if the Buccaneers made their field goals. I mean that’s the same logic right?

  4. Trading up to draft a kicker in second round cursed them. We’ll all be joking about their kicking woes for the next decade, at least.

  5. Undoubtedly the game would have been better played on Sunday. Last nights game looked like a sloppy practice or a dress rehearsal. The game was full of miscues that could have been ironed out had they gotten a couple of days to practice.

  6. Your only job is to make makeable FG’s Folk….so yeah, it’s on you. Clean out your locker Nick, your done as a Buc. While we’re at it, fire the special teams coach and the HOLDER. We have to figure this part of the game out! Enoughs enough.

  7. It was the first time in my life, I ever felt bad for a professional athlete because you could see the anguish on his face. He looked like he was afraid to be out there.

  8. Nobody’s mentioning that if the team had been good enough to score touchdowns instead of TRY field goals, they would have scored 21 points. The team did not do everything it needed to do to keep the kicker off the field. Sure, the misses were his fault, but it was not his fault that he had to go out there and try.

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