Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop spoke about his Week 9 struggles in the losing effort against the Carolina Panthers.
Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop was supposed to ride in like a savior in Week 9 and save the team from its kicking woes of weeks past. Instead, Succop continued those woes and didn’t improve an area of need that the Titans have struggled with all season long.
Succop attempted three field goals in Week 9, and missed all three of them. One of those was from 56 yards out that he came up well short of, but the other two misses were from much more reasonable distances of 43 and 44 yards out.
After the game, Succop said he felt good during and after practicing this week, but he simply wasn’t able to get the job done on Sunday.
"“I had a good week of practice, felt like things were really progressing nicely, just didn’t get it done today, and that’s tough, that’s on me.”"
Succop was placed on Injured Reserve prior to Week 1 and returned at the earliest possible time in Week 9. When asked if he thought he had maybe returned too soon, Succop shot down that notion.
"“No, I don’t think so. I felt like this week of practice in particular I really was starting to really hit the ball well. So it’s just frustrating when I didn’t do it today.”"
While his second of three missed field goals came from 56 yards out as the Titans were looking to grab some points before the end of the first half, Succop made it clear that his coming up short on such a long attempt had nothing to do with his knee issues from before the season started.
"“I’m not going to make any excuses or anything like that. I’ll look at it, and figure out how to get better, how to grow from this and that’s what we’ll do.”"
In all, the Titans left nine points on the field in Week 9 thanks to missed field goals, ultimately falling 30-20 to the Panthers.
It has been the same story all season for Tennessee, and it’s a problem this team can’t afford to keep trying to overcome. Succop will get more opportunities in Week 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs, and all we can hope for is that he’ll have it figured out by then.