Now I know how ESPN’s Mike Greenberg felt.
It wasn’t that long ago when his beloved New York Jets had the Pittsburgh Steelers all but beaten in the playoffs only to see his kicker miss two field goals allowing the Steelers to survive. Kicking in the NFL has become so incredibly easy that the league had to move back the point after touchdown just to make it “more interesting.”
Steelers’ kicker Josh Scobee has taken the word ‘interesting’ to a whole new level after failing twice last night to all but put away the Baltimore Ravens. Now six of ten in his field goals on the season, Scobee hasn’t made one PAT or field goal that didn’t leave his teammates without a slight heart murmur and that’s part of the reason he needs to go.
[Update]: Scobee has been released. The team has signed Chris Boswell who has not attempted an NFL kick.
Steelers’ Head Coach Mike Tomlin and General Manager Kevin Colbert are in a situation where they finally need to swallow some pride, admit the trade was a mistake and give Scobee the boot. If you don’t have the confidence in a guy to make a 50-yard field goal to win the game in overtime then that tells you all need to know about the confidence the rest of the team must have in him.
Scobee currently reminds me of a professional golfer with the yips. Talk to anyone who plays golf and they’ll tell you that’s a bad word and you should never speak it on a golf course. Maybe a better example is former Major League second baseman Steve Sax who suddenly couldn’t throw the ball from second to first base.
The problem is that this goes beyond Scobee though. There can’t be one person on that roster or coaching staff for that matter that doesn’t have significant doubts about Scobee right now and who could blame them? The Steelers did a lot of good things last night (and plenty bad) but should have walked away winners.
Fingers can and should be pointed in other directions such as at Tomlin, Todd Haley and a porous run defense but this all comes back to Josh Scobee. Colbert and Tomlin have a fragile locker room right now and they need to step up right the ship. Admit the mistake and send Scobee back to the Mystery Machine.
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