Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas (2) reacts after missing a field goal against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Tennessee Titans Trust Rob Bironas?

Rob Bironas has been one of the most reliable kickers in the NFL. He has proven he can kick the ball as far as 60 yards through the uprights. Bironas has been a clutch kicker throughout his eight-year-career with the Tennessee Titans.

I’ve always been a fan of Bironas , sometimes even walking away to the kitchen when he’s about to attempt a 50-yard field goal because I knew he was going to hit it and I trusted him. Now he has lost my trust. A lot of people are underestimating how important Bironas is to this team and its success. At age 35, the Titans signed him to a two-year, $6.67 million contract this offseason after coming off of his worst season since 2006.

In 2011, Bironas was 29-of-32 netting 9-of-10 from 40-49 yards out. That’s the Bironas I trust. But last season, he was 25-of-31 and more importantly 5-of-10 from 40-49 yards out. Now you can say it was a bad season but after missing a 37-yard field-goal attempt (wide left) and a 38-yard field goal attempt (wide right) in a preseason game? It’s definitely a cause for concern.

Bironas had missed weeks of training camp because of a “sore back.” He hadn’t gotten the practice reps needed and it certainly showed in the preseason game against the Bengals. He did say in an interview on that his misses were not because of his sore back but because he was “rusty.”  Bironas will have many clutch kicks to make with a rough schedule. We can’t afford to leave three points off the board, give the opponents great field position, and of course—lose the game on a miss.

When it’s all said and done, Bironas could be the most important piece on the Tennessee Titans offense for the 2013 season.

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