New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski doesn't feel there is a kicking crisis in the league. In fact, he feels it's the complete opposite.
In the shadow of the most recent kicking problems on several teams, there have been a couple of kickers in the league that has been consistent over the past few seasons, and one of them is Gostkowski.
While his position isn't under threat, many kickers on other teams lost their spot on the team due to poor performances. But he doesn't feel like we're in the middle of a kicking crisis.
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He said, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com: “I honestly don’t think of it that way. That’s just me personally. Obviously kicking is very mental and if you do struggle it is a little harder to go out there with confidence, but the good ones, if they miss they can bounce right back and make the next one.
"There are a lot of reasons why guys can miss — it isn’t always just black and white — but you just have to learn to move on from it. That’s just the approach I take. I’ve missed plenty of kicks before.
“I think the kickers have been so good the past couple years that it just looks different. There are still plenty of guys doing well, it’s just easier to point out the guys that miss.”
So why is Gostkowski being successful when it comes to field goals while others are cracking under the pressure? The Patriots kicker puts it down to not comparing himself to other good kickers like Justin Tucker and Adam Vinatieri.
He said: "“I don’t over-think it any more. I’ve been doing it too long to worry about what other people are doing. . . . I don’t concern myself with other guys, and try to compare or contrast or anything like that. I don’t root for guys to miss or anything like that. If I watch football, I just watch as a fan.”
So is that it really? Just a simple case of mind over matter? Gostkowski seems to think so, and you can't argue with a record of 80-of-85 field goals since the start of 2013 season.