New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski is coming off a rocky season where he appeared to sacrifice some accuracy on field goals and extra points in exchange for perfecting the art of the kick off. While there can be lengthy discussions over the value of one type of kick versus the other, Gostkowski doesn’t want to be a part of the discussion.
“I feel like if I talk about it too much,” he says, via Monday Morning Quarterback, “then I am already thinking it about it too much.”
And thinking about missed kicks spell the end for kickers in the NFL.
“I would try to stop the bleeding as soon as possible,” Gostkowski adds about missing kicks. “If you worry too much about the negative repercussions of something that you have done, you won’t survive much longer than a game or two.
“I’ve always been able to move on and contain. I get mad, I get frustrated. No one gets more upset when they miss a kick than I do. But I have to be able to get over it for the sake of the team and my own job.”
Gostkowski draws from his experience as a baseball pitcher when overcoming tough times on the field. Just like when an ace pitcher gets taken for a home run, so too will kickers miss an attempt. What’s more important than that lost opportunity is how that player rebounds from the negative event.
A pitcher that can’t shake off that one at bat will have to be pulled from the game. A kicker that gets in a rut will likely find himself unemployed.
Gostkowski acknowledges that he has struggled at points in his career and points out his explanation for why: sometimes the game is just boring.
“As awesome as it…
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