No, this isn’t going to be a kicker
What is the positive of bringing in a new kicker right now? I get it that everyone is frustrated with Stephen Gostkowski (myself included) but that doesn’t change the fact that signing a kicker is basically a crapshoot.
I mean, what kicker are the Tennessee Titans going to find on the open market that has a resume like Gostkowski’s. He is a kicker with a career 87.4% make rate and he has 14 years of experience in crunch time on the biggest stage.
Sure, changing Gostkowski might work, but it would be a decision that relies on random luck and that doesn’t make sense.
People might point to his surgery, but that didn’t seem to bother him on the kickoffs and he wasn’t struggling with distance. I think this is more of a case of him just lacking confidence and the growing pains of a guy who hasn’t kicked in a year, remembering just how those situations go.
You have to let this play out for at least another week and hopefully, the Titans get up on the Jaguars quickly and they can really see how the PATs look and throw in some FGs if possible. Best case scenario (and most realistic scenario) he reverts back to who he has been for most of his career.
Worst case, you start finding another kicker in Week 2 and you don’t worry that you overreacted.
So, if that isn’t the move I would make, then what is?