“It’s About How You Kick Under The Lights”

June 9th, 2022

Todd Bowles talks kicking.

As Joe wrote the other day, history says Todd Bowles won’t be afraid to launch Ryan Succop in August if the Bucs’ Super Bowl kicker is struggling to keep up with challenger José Borregales.

Yesterday, Bowles reinforced that.

Asked about the kicking competition the Bucs have eagerly crafted and embraced, Bowles made it clear that it’s a wide open battle and impressing Bowles in practice won’t mean much.

“It’s about how you kick under the lights, not how you kick in practice,” the head coach said, noting the competition will play out in preseason.

What fun it will be if the kicker battle comes down to the third and final preseason game, which will be played in the pristine kicking conditions of the Colts’ ugly dome.

Succop has a fat salary and a weak leg, but he’s got experience and will always be a hero in Bucs’ lore. Borregales has little time under the lights, only light preseason work in 2021 after being college football’s top kicker in 2020.

Succop really has no excuses. Kick solidly in the three-game preseason and the job should be his. If he’s healthy and can’t do that, then it’s hard to say Succop deserves the gig.

9 Responses to ““It’s About How You Kick Under The Lights””

  1. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    Sometimes you make so much money you wind up broke.

  2. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Geez. With the Bucs, it’s always the kicker drama.

  3. mark2001 Says:

    4 ever. We used to call that pricing yourself out of a job.

  4. Daniel Says:

    Didn’t Succop say he had issues with the turf in Indy?

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I guess we won’t be going for it so we can set up for FGs……

  6. Allbuccedup Says:

    Hopefully we won’t waste a 4th round pick in 2023 on a field goal kicker.

  7. Allbuccedup Says:

    Oh thats right we don’t have a 4th round pick!

  8. sasquatch Says:

    It’s time to move on. Ready to see what Borregales can do.

  9. Alvafan Says:

    We moved on from Matt Gay and he beat us last year in the playoffs while Succup choked his 4th quarter kick