Kicker Watch

October 8th, 2020

Lost in Sunday’s thrilling comeback victory was something that set up the need for a massive comeback.

And Joe will be keeping an eye on it tonight in Chicago.

New Bucs kicker Ryan Succop missed a 44 yard field goal late in the second quarter with the Bucs trailing 21-7. The Chargers then took advantage of the field position, and their ensuing 31-yard drive (not exactly impressive) ended with a 53-yard field goal and a 24-7 lead.

Yes, kicking matters, a fact Bucs fans know well.

Sure, every kicker will miss kicks, but not every kicker plays for the Bucs and their too-long history of a mess at the position.

Joe feels greater confidence in Succop than in kickers of The Lost Decade, but that doesn’t say much and he hasn’t had a ton of field-goal work this season. Against a very solid Bears defense tonight, Joe expects a few tries from Succop. And Chicago isn’t the easiest kicking venue.

Joe hopes, hopes, hopes that Succop gets the job done. If he doesn’t, Joe hopes the Bucs are at least looking at kickers over the weekend. This is not a season for playing kicker games.

38 Responses to “Kicker Watch”

  1. Pryda...sec147 Says:

    I hate hate hate our kicking woes I’m almost to the point where we probably need to go for it on 4th down and always go for 2 extra points

  2. Darin Says:

    Nobody out there better than him imo. The kickers they sign tl replace him would also miss kicks in Chicago. I’m assuming Licht knows this too.

  3. August 1976 Buc Says:

    He is still the best kicker in Tampa Bay in a long time, still no one wants to see a miss like last sunday. But the trajectory of the ball coming off his foot is alot more accurate then the weird crap that has plagued kickers since Mat Bryant was here.

  4. Bird Says:

    Ryan sucbalz

  5. Pewter Power Says:

    I wasn’t aware of any kicking woes. leave it to Bucs fans to talk about failures of previous years even in a season that’s going well with a kicker doing well.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I didn’t know the rest of the kickers in the league never miss. Yeah FG’s matter. So do TD’s, fumbles, interceptions, you get the idea. Usually the best team wins on sunday, or thursday, not the best kicker. If kicking was the difference in most games kickers would be paid, and drafted like QB’s. Joe just worrying about nothing.

  7. Beeej Says:

    Has anyone signed Matt Gay yet?

  8. bucfanforever Says:

    Beej – Colts put him on their practice squad

  9. DoooshLaRue Says:

    He missed ONE FG.

    Brady has thrown 2 Pick 6s

    Little overblown there Joe.

  10. Buc N A Says:

    It was ONE kick Joe, I realize your freaked out because of years past but this is a different time and different team. Don’t be calling for anyone’s head…. yet. Sheesh you don’t call for a receiver to be cut when he drops a ball or one goes right thru his hands.

  11. 2020 The Year of The GOAT Says:

    Practice practice practice

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This game will probably come down to Turnovers, Penalties & Special Teams…..most of them do.
    FG kicking is a big part of it.

    But, against the Chargers….a pick 6 & a missed FG would normally sink the Bucs…..but not this year.

  13. SOEbuc Says:

    Lucky Succop can hit extra points, Joe. That’s all we can leave it at for now. Who is going to trade a good kicker week five and what price were you thinking of paying?

  14. unbelievable Says:

    He missed 1 FG (other one was blocked which is on the o-line).

    Not worried about Succop.

  15. the_end Says:

    Nurruu Leg?

  16. the_end Says:

    And Weenie Arm looms from above….

  17. Buc4ever Says:

    We have a kicker that actually can make extra points reliably which we haven’t had in years. Let’s wait and see.

    More worried about injuries to skill positions at this point. Should kept Perriman..

  18. 813bucboi Says:

    not worried just yet….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  19. Beeej Says:

    bucfanforever Says:
    October 8th, 2020 at 8:12 am
    Beej – Colts put him on their practice squad

    Sweet, thanks

  20. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Joe come on why do you have to write these articles that are almost complete Jinxes?

    Yeah he missed one kick ONE KICK IN 4 GAMES that’s some of the best kicking we have had in over a decade.

  21. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    Just look at his miss, the ball didn’t change trajectory it was a straight miss left, as if he just wasn’t aiming well. Compare to past kickers who slice and hook the ball every damn kick which will give you PTSD watching them. At least succoup hits a straight ball.

  22. Bird Says:

    Ndog , matt gay , ryan sucbalz and jameis walk into a bar

  23. buc15 Says:

    can we let it go? So sick of every time we miss one kick, we are looking for a new kicker. Maybe, just maybe if the fanbase can let it go our kicker can relax a bit

  24. lambchop Says:

    I’m not worried about Succop, but this is a valid argument given the bugaboo around kickers in Tampa. It’s hard not to worry about the Matt Bryant and Lawrence Tynes hex after 1 FG miss, especially when we’ve had so many mental midgets fizzle under the pressure of missing kicks.

  25. lambchop Says:

    But, I also would like to point out that a K coming to Tampa is under a tremendous amount of pressure to start with, because he’s expected to be a savior based on past poor performance. Someone confident can block that noise and just do their job, and I think Succop might be that guy.

    Replace a K after a bad game? No. Worry about going down the only road we’ve ever known, post Bryant? Yes.

  26. 813bucboi Says:

    see ndog

    we’re still “missing kicks”….

    lets lock that kicker excuse in the cage with you!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  27. Cobraboy Says:

    I won’t be surprised if there are 6 FG’s kicked between the two teams tonight.

  28. BucEmUp Says:

    Not worried about Succop. If they lost last week it wouldnt have been on him to Blame, it woukd have been on the coaching letting this team be down 21-7 aginst that team in the first place. Im tired of seeing both offense and defense go to sleep after we score a td. Run the score up full throttle for a change. Remembered the Saints kicked your ass and you are not that good until you prove it!

  29. Cobraboy Says:

    Ftmyersbuc Says:

    Just look at his miss, the ball didn’t change trajectory it was a straight miss left, as if he just wasn’t aiming well.

    His follow-through was terrible. He flat missed it. I wonder of soft turf under his plant foot had any effect. Would not take much slippage for that to happen.

  30. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Bird Says:
    October 8th, 2020 at 9:57 am
    Ndog , matt gay , ryan sucbalz and jameis walk into a bar

    Very close Bird, but I think ndog would sachet in to the bar rather than just walk.
    You know he has to have a huge, flaming entrance!

  31. hammerhead Says: Your moderation is awaiting comment. Says:

    They stashed a kicker on the PS for a reason.

  32. Cobraboy Says:

    @Doosh: Ndog would sashay in with a JW blow-up doll…

  33. SlyPirate541 Says:

    1 missed kick?

    100% is maybe a bit lofty.

  34. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    They kept the wrong kicker, but what is done is done.

    He only missed one kick in the game…so did their kicker. No reason to be concerned yet.

  35. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Tonight is going to be a defensive showdown. We have the edge in offense, but a good defense can shut a great offense down.

  36. Bird Says:

    Doosh And cobra

    Dang. That makes more sense.
    Yup. That joke will continue to build and grow legs.

  37. jcscycles Says:

    Both Succop and the Chargers kicker missed in the South end zone. That goalpost is just the Bermuda triangle for kickers.

  38. Kathryn Says:

    The field is in terrible shape at that end. Awful. That’s why both kickers missed. No doubt.