Pretty significant news today that should help the Tennessee Titans.
6-2, that is what the Tennessee Titans record would be if they had competent kicking for the entire season.
Instead, Cairo Santos did what you would expect a replacement kicker to do. He made a few kicks, but ultimately was a complete dud and he directly caused the Titans two wins with missed kicks.
Even worse, those missed kicks cost them wins against the Indianapolis Colts and the Buffalo Bills, two teams that the Titans could potentially be competing with for wildcard playoff spots in a few months.
That is why today’s news is especially important. It looks like there is a chance that Ryan Succop could play this Sunday vs the Carolina Panthers.
If all goes well, that means that the Titans will finally have a reliable kicker and the margin for error is a little bit bigger week in and week out. You will know if Succop is truly healthy or not because Mike Vrabel won’t put a player on the field unless they are fully healthy unlike some other coaches.
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Since he was added in Tennessee back in 2014, Succop has made 116 of 134 field goals good for 86.6%. That career average alone would be enough to put him just outside the top-5 (7th) in kickers with more than 9 field goal attempts this season.
That consistency has been desperately missed in Tennessee and when it comes back, maybe Mike Vrabel is a little bit more reserved with the wild play calls and the failed 4th down conversions.
Tennessee has one of the hardest schedules in the NFL going forward, so they need to be able to make the “gimme” plays like field goals from the 30-40 yard range. If Succop can give them that and maybe a 50+ every now and then, this team could shift from a 25 point per game team, to 27 or 30 points per game.
That would be unheard of in Tennessee, but that is how much of a difference it makes to have a kicker who you trust to make those plays, which is exactly what Succop is.