The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had kicking issues for a while now. They cut Roberto Aguayo prior to the start of the season after trading up to draft him in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. Nick Folk was his successor, but he hasn’t been successful either.
He had a poor showing on Thursday Night Football against the Patriots, going 0-for-3 on his attempts while making two extra points. It ended up being the difference in the Bucs going for a touchdown instead of a field goal at the end of the game in what was a 19-14 loss.
We’ll just include Folk’s third missed field goal, which was a 31-yarder — shorter than an extra point.
Prior to that kick, Folk missed kicks of 56 and 49 yards — neither of which are exactly guarantees for anybody.
After the short miss, Folk was seen with his head down, with a member of the Buccaneers’ staff appearing to help cheer him up.
Punter Bryan Anger was trying to act like the whole scene wasn’t going on next to him. It was awkward.
That head pat at the end. Oof.
We also asked you all to caption the scene, because it would certainly seem that a conversation is going to be had soon.
Here’s what you said:
“Coach needs to see you, bring your playbook.”— Mike Sullivan (@MikeSullivan) October 6, 2017
"Maybe you should go talk to CBS' kicking expert..." https://t.co/eRNgpFPKYA— '03 Kliff Kingsbury (@fearthe_beard11) October 6, 2017
Can I have the Cheetos in your locker before you leave? https://t.co/3BCoAUwmOO— Michael Rosen (@_MichaelRosen_) October 6, 2017
"Hey Nick, just wanna make sure that I get that 5 bucks you owe me before you clean out your locker..." https://t.co/foHtC6WW48— Erik (@StatFreak101) October 6, 2017
...but if they gave points for missing? bro. hall. of. fame.— Blogging Dirty (@BloggingDirty) October 6, 2017
"You can sleep on my couch till you get back on your feet"— Travis Mowry (@SnakeLazer) October 6, 2017
The Bucs are probably going to be looking for a new kicker soon. Head coach Dirk Koetter said after the game that he’d be discussing the kicking situation with the general manager, but the team wasn’t going to make any “rash” decisions, even while it brings in other kickers for tryouts:
The #Bucs are arranging kicker workouts, sources say, which does not bode well for K Nick Folk. Likely to wait to see how kickers perform.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 6, 2017
Still, you can’t help but feel bad for Folk.