While there is plenty of blame to go around for this loss, the Titans should have absolutely sent this game to overtime. The Titans unexpectedly mounted a second half comeback that fell just short when kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed from 45 yards out with just seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. A successful three-point try would have sent the game to OT. It would have given the Titans a chance to pull off yet another unexpected comeback. Gostkowski couldn’t come through.
This felt like it was coming. Gostkowski has had an incredibly strange season thus far despite making three game-winning field goals throughout the first half of this season. John Glennon perfectly captured what an odd season its been for Gostkowski thus far:
Gostkowski's bizarr-o season:— John Glennon (@glennonsports) October 25, 2020
Starts out: 0-3
Next stretch: 9-9
That’s tough to explain. He started out terribly before performing excellently. He’s now back to performing poorly. It leaves Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel with a tough question: What should they do with Gostkowski? Do they continue to show faith in him?
Gostkowski’s six misses lead the league in a category you don’t want to lead in. It’s worth noting that two of those misses were blocked at not fault of his own, but there’s no doubt that Gostkowski has been an inconsistent kicker.
It appears that the Titans will stick with Gostkowski for now:
#Titans' Vrabel: Confident that Gostkowski will make the next one.— John Glennon (@glennonsports) October 25, 2020
Is this the right decision? The waiver wire has slim pickings at the kicker position.
Is sticking with Gostkowski the right move? Leave your opinion in the comments.