The Case for Keeping Gostkowski
As I mentioned above, the Titans only just signed the veteran kicker only two weeks ago. In addition to only having a couple of weeks to practice, he’s coming off of a hip injury that required season-ending surgery a year ago. There is going to be rust – probably even more than we realize.
During pregame warm-ups, Jim Wyatt reported that Gostkowski was making 50+ yard attempts with ease. While these kicks are easier to make in the thin air at Mile High, it’s still noteworthy that leg strength isn’t an issue for the Titans kicker – it never really has been.
Gostkowski is a solid kicker – I’m still a firm believer in that, but I do think that a mixture of rust and mounting pressure to be the teams savior at the kicker position undoubtedly got to him. What all of that said, when the pressure was at an all-time high, he still hit the one that mattered most – the game-winner. Could that be the confidence boost he needs to get back on track? Only time will tell, but it’s a good way to get things going in the right direction after spotting the Broncos defense 10-points and almost single-handedly costing the Titans the game.