The Kansas City Chiefs once reliable kicker, Ryan Succop, has suddenly become one of the worst in the league through three games. Making just two of five field goals, only two kickers have been worse, Arizona’s Jay Feely and the Giants Lawrence Tynes who has only attempted one field goal due to injury this season.
With the Chiefs falling to the San Diego Chargers by three, obviously Succop’s miss on Sunday ended up providing the final margin of victory. Even though most of the blame fell on QB Matt Cassel’s shoulders following an interception to end the game, don’t think Succop doesn’t blame himself.
“It eats at me more than it eats at anybody else in this locker room, the fact that we lost Sunday,” Succop told The Star. “It hurts. … The thing that is hard is I know all the guys in the locker room are counting on me for those points. We’ve got to have them.”
Todd Haley quickly defended his kicker after the game and that support isn’t lost on Succop.
“That means a lot to me that Coach would be there for me … I’m ready to get back to work, and I feel very blessed to have that attitude.”
It’s good for Succop to have such a positive outlook, but any equity he built up during his outstanding rookie season was gone after he struggled last season. Now he should be given a little kick in the pants, even if it’s something as small as having a few veteran kickers in for a workout today at Arrowhead.
There is no more mentally unstable position on the team than kicker (though Ryan Leaf would claim otherwise) and the Chiefs need to get theirs back on track quickly if they want to avoid staying in the NFL’s basement.