Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel apparently thinks kicker Ryan Succop is doing “a pretty good job” despite his obvious struggles.
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel went full coach speak when asked about the struggles of kicker Ryan Succop on Monday.
The Titans kicker missed the first eight games of the 2019 season after he felt his knee wasn’t ready for action following offseason knee surgery.
Since his return in Week 9, Succop has been nothing short of a disaster, missing four of his five field goal attempts and one extra point. His latest miss came in Week 14 against the Oakland Raiders right before halftime on a 42-yard attempt he doinked off the upright.
The Titans must be at least somewhat concerned about their kicker also, as the team is now carrying two kickers after the signing of Ryan Santoso. While Santoso hasn’t handled a field goal attempt himself yet, he has handled the kickoff duties.
I’ve always been a fan of the idea that, just like quarterbacks, if you have two kickers, you have no kickers.
Despite all the concern about Succop and the Titans’ kicking game as a whole, which has been abysmal this season (the Titans have made just 8-of-17 field goals the entire season), head coach Mike Vrabel continues to support his kicker.
Now, of course you don’t expect the head coach to throw his kicker under the bus, so this response isn’t really surprising. Still, one would hope that the Titans are at least considering making a change if this continues.
After all, the Titans are battling for a playoff spot and one missed kick could be the difference in their season. Because of their recent offensive success, the Titans have been able to mask this issue.
Believe it or not, kicker Cody Parkey has done the best job out of the three kickers this season. Parkey remains a free agent and should be on speed dial for the Titans with Succop not seeming to get any better as the weeks go on.