Titans are first NFL team since 1987 to miss more field goals than they made

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The Titans are on the verge of wrapping up the ugliest season of kicking that the NFL has seen since 1987.

So far this season the Titans are 8-for-18 on field goals. If they don’t improve over the final two weeks of the season, they’ll be the first team since the 1987 Vikings to miss more field goals than they made.

That 1987 Vikings team saw its regular kicker, Chuck Nelson, go 13-for-24, which is bad but better than this year’s Titans. However, the 1987 season involved a players’ strike that featured three games with replacement players, and the Vikings’ scab kicker, Dale Dawson, went just 1-for-5 on field goals.

The Titans don’t have the excuse of a players’ strike, although they have had injuries at the kicker position that have resulted in three different kickers playing for them this season: Ryan Succop is an ugly 1-for-6, while Cairo Santos went 4-for-9 and Cody Parkey went 3-for-3.

That adds up to less than 50 percent of field goals made. If the Titans just miss the playoffs — and right now they’d miss the last wild card spot on a tiebreaker — they’ll look back at their inability to find a reliable kicker as a big reason.

44 responses to “Titans are first NFL team since 1987 to miss more field goals than they made

  1. and since
    it was a strike year, that means you had crappy kickers all over

    the scouts need to start going after soccer players who know how to strike a ball properly because these young college football kickers blow

  2. Our kicker situation has cost us 2 games minimum.

    If we had started Tannehill from the get-go and had a reliable kicker where would we be?

  3. i’d be interested in the length of the 18 attempts and the 10 misses? If they were mostly 50 yarders i wouldn’t be surprised

  4. h0metownzero says:
    December 17, 2019 at 6:27 pm
    I’ll never forget Blair Walsh missing that 27 yard game winning field goal for the Vikings during the playoffs in 2016.

    Their collapses are epic

    @@@@@@@@222

    That did hurt, but imagine being up by 16 with two minutes left and LOSING! Man that has to burn. The most epic collapse EVER, brought to you by Aaron Rodgers.

  5. What is it with kickers this year? Multiple teams have struggled, though the Titans have the worst of it.

  6. Amazing. Right now, it seems the NFL has some of the worst kickers and QB’s to ever be starters at their respective positions. At least half of the starting QB’s would be backups in any other era of the game, and kickers should not be making the headlines because of their misses the way they have this year. The ghost of Garo Yepremian is haunting these guys or somethin’…

  7. I’ll never forget Blair Walsh missing that 27 yard game winning field goal for the Vikings during the playoffs in 2016.

    Their collapses are epic.

    —-

    Talking about collapsing….Remember when the Packers blew a 2 TD lead in that NFC championship against Seattle in the last two minutes? That was a doozy!!!

  8. So why the dearth of quality kickers? A reliable kicker can make excellent money and have a long career. It’s easy work compared to most NFL players jobs. The hours are good, the exercise routine is moderate, and the risk of serious injury is moderate. The only player with a better gig is the backup QB. So what’s up with so few good kickers? Why don’t colleges develop them?

  9. Hey this better than the automatic extra point form the 2 yard line. What’s wrong with a little drama unless your team has one of the kickers that suck?

  10. Special Teams don’t develop kickers anymore. They spend more time on coverages and trick plays. Every position gets time and coaching, kickers are left on their own and are expected to perform with nothing than a helmet pat. Notice the teams with quality ST coaching have premium kickers and punters.

  11. I’m enjoying these various kicker struggles this season. It’s entertaining.
    Makes having a clutch kicker that much more of a weapon.

  12. I remember a really interesting article (not sure what site it was on) last year that mentioned the post-Deflategate effect on kickers. It mentioned that more than QBs, kickers are the ones who doctor the football quite a lot and preferred worn down footballs to kick rather than fresh, un-used ones.

  13. Are more teams going for it on fourth down when they’re in FG range and maybe this is causing the average attempt to be longer? It would be interesting to control for average distance per attempt.

  14. 18 FG attempts in 14 games? Maybe it’s because I’m so used to the last 20 years of the Boller and Flacco-led Ravens… but that seems awfully low. I thought most teams attempted at least 3 field goals a game?

  15. ivotedfornixon says:
    December 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm
    i’d be interested in the length of the 18 attempts and the 10 misses? If they were mostly 50 yarders i wouldn’t be surprised
    ____________________

    Titans Season Splits
    0-29 – 0/0
    30-39 – 3/4
    40-49 – 4/9
    50+ – 3/6

    Titans also just promoted Greg Joseph, who was 17/20 last year for the Browns. If he hits two more than he misses over the next two games, they are out of the water.

  16. “ivotedfornixon says:
    December 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    i’d be interested in the length of the 18 attempts and the 10 misses? If they were mostly 50 yarders i wouldn’t be surprised”

    Parkey: 2/2 on 40-49, 1/1 on 50+
    Santos: 1/3 on 30-39, 2/3 on 40-49, 1/3 on 50+
    Succop: 1/1 on 30-39, 0/4 on 40-49, 0/1 on 50+

    Overall: 2/4 on 30-39, 4/9 on 40-40, 2/5 on 50+

    2 missed XPs this season too (1 each for Succop & Santos)

  17. Colleges do not want to give kickers scholarships. Its cheaper to pluck a guy from the soccer team tell him to give it shot. Most college kickers are mediocre. There is a shortage of good kickers, and the job isnt easy. Especially given the pressure mentally. Given that, it not surprising that kickers have struggled. I mean Vinatieri is almost 50 do you really expect him to hang with guys 20 years younger?

  18. h0metownzero says:
    December 17, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    I’ll never forget Blair Walsh missing that 27 yard game winning field goal for the Vikings during the playoffs in 2016.

    Their collapses are epic.

    ~~~~~~

    As a lifelong Vikings fan, the Blair miss isn’t even within sniffing distance of Gary Anderson in the 1998 NFC Championship Game. His only miss, FG or PAT, of the entire season.

  19. Cody Parkey is a better kicker than over half the kickers in the league.

    Also, his double doink against the Eagles was deflected.

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