Stephen Gostkowski “embarrassed” by Monday night’s performance

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The Titans struggled to find consistency at kicker throughout the 2019 season and the 2020 season didn’t get off on the right foot on that front.

Stephen Gostkowski signed with the team early this month and made his debut for the team in Denver on Monday night. It was not a good one. Gostkowski missed three field goals and an extra point before coming through from 25 yards out in the final seconds to allow the Titans to escape with a 16-14 win over the Broncos.

Gostkowski called the chance to kick a game-winner an opportunity he didn’t deserve and said he “really put them in a tough spot” with his earlier misses.

“You don’t always get that lucky to get a chance to redeem yourself,” Gostkowski said, via Turron Davenport of ESPN.com. “But I’m just happy that the guys got to celebrate. I’m disappointed in myself and embarrassed and frustrated, but at the end of the day, we won, and luckily, guys are happy going home.”

Cody Parkey was the last kicker to miss four kicks in a win and the Bears stuck with him throughout the 2018 season. Parkey wound up missing a game-winning field goal attempt in the playoffs and we’ll see if Gostkowski is able to get that kind of run in Tennessee.

34 responses to “Stephen Gostkowski “embarrassed” by Monday night’s performance

  1. What an awful game for Gostkowski! When you kick that poorly, and finally make a game winning kick, your job isn’t safe! The front office will be bringing in a bus load of kickers for a competition and the opportunity to kick this upcoming weekend.

    The new kicker will be a guy NOT named Gostkowski!

  2. As a fan, its painful to watch your team drive down the field time after time, not cash in and lose to an inferior opponent. Whether its a fumble through and end zone or missed FG’s, its brutal.

    And clearly, Gostowski is not what he once was right now. any regular NFL year 0-1 is not good. This year, it may be magnified.

  3. I’ve always been a big fan of Gosty, but I’m afraid that it might be time. . . .
    Cool guy, but if I was a Titans’ fan, I’d rather not have game-winners relying on his leg.

  4. Your job as a kicker is to kick FGs and extra points. Maybe kick offs.
    How in the world can you miss that much and have a job the next day?
    Yes there are alot of factors that go into a FG, I get it. It’s not all one player. That’s why if you miss one here or there, it’s fine. But that was just ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Stevie has been weird about kicks since the 2015 AFCCG extra point miss. In the regular season hes been fantastic, but his post seasons have been awful.

    super bowl 51-missed extra point
    super bowl 52-blocked field goal/missed extra point
    super bowl 53-missed field goal

    then in the regular season the last 2 seasons, he has been shaky to a point where it cringed to see if he could nail a kick.

  6. This didn’t come completely out of nowhere. He was getting inconsistent with XPs before his injury last year. This may be a case where a couple Pre-Season games would have made this clear before week 1.

  7. It’s not looking good. He was a bit shaky in his last season with NE and now we get this. I’m hoping he turns it around, but this could be a flashing neon sign that his time has come.

    Luckily for him, his name and prior accomplishments will likely buy him a chance to right the ship. A less accomplished kicker probably would be looking for work this morning.

  8. Looking at the struggles the kickers of every single team go thru Justin Tucker is a living legend. Missed 1 xp all his life. Enshrine him in the HOF now (BTW the enshrinement is sort of a pun, don’t have to take it seriously)

  9. He should be. He was a top 3 paid kicker, at one point the highest and he literally would lose games with in-game misses here and there and then never admit he dis anything wrong. He would sort of smirk and act like the pattern of his misses weren’t detrimental.

    In all honesty, he sort of was in that mold of Brady where the media didn’t hold him accountable and he’d skate after some bad stretches.

    There were kicks that would just eek inside the uprights, too, where they were ugly and it wouldn’t obviously show up on a stat sheet.

    He had a good overall run, but he was overrated. Sweaty palms here in his last few years of kicking, even on PATs.

    Must be nice to be so inconsistent and make millions.

  10. rodgerstonelson says:

    September 15, 2020 at 7:29 am

    This game should have been a blowout.

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    I agree 100%. The only reason why this game was close is the Vegas line shifted 6 points throughout the week. You knew Denver was gonna win that game vs the spread after seeing such a dramatic line change.

  11. joetorontoislame says:
    September 15, 2020 at 9:59 am
    You play to win the game. He had his worst career game and they still won.
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    That’s one way to look at it . . . .

  12. Well, he did win the game for the Titans.

    But boy o boy. His sports psychologist better clear their schedule today for a long Zoom chat.

  13. MortimerInMiami says:
    September 15, 2020 at 9:42 am
    Once again BB knows best!
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    Gostkowski has had injury issues and inconsistencies for a few years now, so that was an easy call for BB to try to find a new, young, less expensive, kicker. Since Folk currently has the job the Pats may not have yet found the young kicker, but more time will tell. Folk did kick pretty well for the Pats last season although, as we know, he missed one Sunday.

    BB has coached at some level in the NFL for 46 straight years now, an NFL record. So he must know what he is doing occasionally. One of these years BB may even crack his first smile as an NFL coach.

  14. touchback6 says:
    September 15, 2020 at 9:47 am
    He should be. He was a top 3 paid kicker, at one point the highest and he literally would lose games with in-game misses here and there and then never admit he dis anything wrong. He would sort of smirk and act like the pattern of his misses weren’t detrimental.

    In all honesty, he sort of was in that mold of Brady where the media didn’t hold him accountable and he’d skate after some bad stretches.

    ——-

    When are you going to hold BB accountable for throwing away the SB against the Eagles by benching his #1 CB for the game to satisfy BB’s ego?

  15. SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 15, 2020 at 11:50 am
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    When are you going to hold BB accountable for throwing away the SB against the Eagles by benching his #1 CB for the game to satisfy BB’s ego?
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    FWIW, Stephon Gilmore was not benched in the Super Bowl against the Eagles. Gilmore did not have his best game, but he did a decent job on Jeffery who only caught three passes (albeit 1 TD) in that game.

    You did not actually think Malcolm Butler was the Pats #1 CB that season did you? Not by a long shot; Butler was really very mediocre that season (much better the previous year). Should Butler have been benched the entire game for whatever he did that pissed off Belichick, maybe not. But since none of us really know what he did to piss off BB, we can only guess if the benching was warranted, given how the entire secondary not named Gilmore struggled in that game.

  16. ……..
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 15, 2020 at 11:50 am

    When are you going to hold BB accountable for throwing away the SB against the Eagles by benching his #1 CB for the game to satisfy BB’s ego
    ……
    When are you going to hold Belichick responsible for winning 6 Super Bowls.

  17. SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 15, 2020 at 11:50 am
    touchback6 says:
    September 15, 2020 at 9:47 am
    He should be. He was a top 3 paid kicker, at one point the highest and he literally would lose games with in-game misses here and there and then never admit he dis anything wrong. He would sort of smirk and act like the pattern of his misses weren’t detrimental.

    In all honesty, he sort of was in that mold of Brady where the media didn’t hold him accountable and he’d skate after some bad stretches.

    ——-

    When are you going to hold BB accountable for throwing away the SB against the Eagles by benching his #1 CB for the game to satisfy BB’s ego?

    2 3

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    Your lies and pathetic myths will never work. BB does what is best for the team.

    When McCourty or Chung say “he knows why he wasn’t involved
    in the gameplan

    Butler was horrible down the stretch, had the flu and honestly may have faked the flu once he knew they were not going to use the Star package much with him vs the Eagles.

    Chung was the key. He had been dominating Ertz. If he hadn’t broken his arm, they probably win the SB. And, Jon Jones late season injury hurt as he’a emerged as arguably the best Star package player in the NFL.

    Butler’s ego is what had him
    mentally check out and lose his own teammates faith just like selfish Brady did last year.

    Moss in 2010, Welker in 2011 and so forth. Once the ego goes, BB sniffs it out and tries to do what is best for the team.

    Bademosi earned the next man up from practicing that week. Butler arrived barely in time for Wed’s practice that week.

    You probably are one who believes Goodell’s lies, there is a tooth fairy and there is no pandemic, too.

    Have a nice day!

  18. whywerule says:
    September 15, 2020 at 12:06 pm
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 15, 2020 at 11:50 am
    ——-

    When are you going to hold BB accountable for throwing away the SB against the Eagles by benching his #1 CB for the game to satisfy BB’s ego?
    ———————————————————-

    FWIW, Stephon Gilmore was not benched in the Super Bowl against the Eagles. Gilmore did not have his best game, but he did a decent job on Jeffery who only caught three passes (albeit 1 TD) in that game.

    You did not actually think Malcolm Butler was the Pats #1 CB that season did you? Not by a long shot; Butler was really very mediocre that season (much better the previous year). Should Butler have been benched the entire game for whatever he did that pissed off Belichick, maybe not. But since none of us really know what he did to piss off BB, we can only guess if the benching was warranted, given how the entire secondary not named Gilmore struggled in that game.

    ———-

    Butler played more snaps at CB that season than any other player on the team….including Gilmore. I guess BB decided to play him so often because BB thought he stunk. In any case, the Patriots secondary couldn’t stop the Eagles for pretty much the entire game. What was the downside of putting Butler into the game? Oh yeah….BB’s ego would have been bruised…

  19. SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 15, 2020 at 1:24 pm
    whywerule says:
    September 15, 2020 at 12:06 pm
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 15, 2020 at 11:50 am
    ——-

    When are you going to hold BB accountable for throwing away the SB against the Eagles by benching his #1 CB for the game to satisfy BB’s ego?
    ———————————————————-

    You did not actually think Malcolm Butler was the Pats #1 CB that season did you?
    ———-

    Butler played more snaps at CB that season than any other player on the team…..
    —————————————–

    Gilmore missed three games that season due to injury. If you think that makes Butler the better CB, IMO you are still incorrect. Sure availability is important, but there is no true comparison between Gilmore and Butler.

    Again, we do not know why BB benched Butler. If the theory that Butler had already approached Patricia about joining him at his next gig, when he was expected to be Lions HC, then I agree with Butler’s benching. If the theory that Butler was the leak for the Seth Wickersham Patriots story is true, then I agree with the benching. In fact, if either of those theories are true, I do not know why Butler was active. OTOH, if the theory that Butler had thrown a childish tantrum when BB told him he was starting Rowe is true, then I think Butler should have played when Rowe and Bademosi were struggling. But something happened, we just do not know what happened.

  20. It’s one game for the guy. He kicked in New England for so long, and now has been put onto a new team in a new environment in this Covid world. So I think the team gives him a shot to prove their faith in him correct.

    That said, this is a results business, so his leash is pretty short. If he continues to struggle, and misses some easy ones, it’s time to move on.

  21. Most teams are getting smart, and grabbing the young guns with strong legs that didnt make a team this summer,and putting one on the practice squad. Guys like Chase Mclaughlin(Vikings), Greg Joseph(Bucs), Justin Rohrwasser (Pats). Smart’en up Titans.

  22. whywerule says:
    September 15, 2020 at 2:04 pm
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 15, 2020 at 1:24 pm
    whywerule says:
    September 15, 2020 at 12:06 pm
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 15, 2020 at 11:50 am
    ——-

    When are you going to hold BB accountable for throwing away the SB against the Eagles by benching his #1 CB for the game to satisfy BB’s ego?
    ———————————————————-

    You did not actually think Malcolm Butler was the Pats #1 CB that season did you?
    ———-

    Butler played more snaps at CB that season than any other player on the team…..
    —————————————–

    Gilmore missed three games that season due to injury. If you think that makes Butler the better CB, IMO you are still incorrect. Sure availability is important, but there is no true comparison between Gilmore and Butler.

    Again, we do not know why BB benched Butler. If the theory that Butler had already approached Patricia about joining him at his next gig, when he was expected to be Lions HC, then I agree with Butler’s benching. If the theory that Butler was the leak for the Seth Wickersham Patriots story is true, then I agree with the benching. In fact, if either of those theories are true, I do not know why Butler was active. OTOH, if the theory that Butler had thrown a childish tantrum when BB told him he was starting Rowe is true, then I think Butler should have played when Rowe and Bademosi were struggling. But something happened, we just do not know what happened.

    —-

    What we do know is that BB decided not to play Butler. We also know that Butler played in every game in the season leading up to the SB. Furthermore we know that the Patriots’ secondary was getting abused by Foles and the Eagles. Finally we know that Butler was dressed and available for the game. Again, given these facts, what was the downside of giving Butler a chance to stop the bleeding? One thing….Bill had already decided he wasn’t playing and Bill’s ego for sticking to that decision not matter what was more important in the end than winning the game

  23. To his credit, Gostkowski was perfect in the AFCCG at KC. That game is the masterpiece of his career. Other than that, he was great when it didn’t really matter and shaky in the big moments. His career took a turn for the negative when they moved back the extra point in 2015.

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