Lost in the aftermath of Matt Cassel’s awful game-ending interception in the Chiefs 20-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers was Ryan Succop’s 38-yard missed field goal on the second possession of the game. If the kicker doesn’t let that ball sail wide right, Kansas City is driving for the winning field goal on that final drive rather than game-tying.
In fact, after an impressive rookie season that saw Succop hit over 86 percent of his field goal attempts, he made 77 percent last season and is now just two of five in 2011. A team with as many problems on offense as the Chiefs cannot afford to give points away.
However, any doubt about Succop’s job security were quickly squashed by Todd Haley after the game.
“He’s an integral part of this team. Ryan had some really good things in a couple of areas, especially after the penalty and kicking off from the (20) when we needed a high, good hang-time kick. Some of those plays were real big.”
The head coach was also more than happy to make excuses for Sunday’s miss.
“I think the snap may have been a little off. I don’t know. We’ll have to go back and look on tape to see what happened on the miss”
Succop didn’t face any real competition this season with kickoff specialist Todd Carter the only other kicker to spend time with the Chiefs in the preseason. Maybe it’s time for the Chiefs to bring in a couple veteran kickers to try and light a fire under Succop.
I still believe that Succop has the ability to be the long-term answer for Kansas City, but they need to get him back on track and quick.