Folk not concerned over position with team
Buccaneers kicker Nick Folk is asked about his bad on the field, missing three field goals in a 5-point loss to the Patriots.
TAMPA, Fla -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said he and general manager Jason Licht "won't be making any rash decisions" after kicker Nick Folk missed three field goals in the Bucs' 19-14 loss to the New England Patriots.
They are weighing their options, however, and considering making a change.
A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Bucs will be bringing in 3-5 kickers for a tryout Monday while players have a three-day break for their mini-bye week.
When asked about the tryout, Folk said he's not worried about it. He told ESPN, “It’s just part of business. I’ve been through it ... many times. It’s just part of the business."
“You have to be able to evaluate yourself, look at it and improve, learn, see what went wrong, make the corrections and move forward," said Folk, an 11-year veteran who has been on three teams and kicked in 154 career games. “Just go out there and swing. Don’t make it too hard. It’s not real hard when you get down to it."
The Bucs felt strongly enough about Folk's performance in training camp and the preseason that they parted ways with 2016 second-round draft pick Roberto Aguayo. They valued Folk's experience and felt like he could kick under pressure.
Koetter admitted that Folk's recent struggles have been a surprise.
"When we decided on Nick as our kicker -- I’ve told you guys this many times -- whoever our kicker is, I’ve got total confidence in him," Koetter said. "I think Nick was kicking very well up until a week ago. He had a rough day against the Giants, he came back, and the one day we kicked in practice [this week] he kicked very, very well. We had no reason to think Nick wasn’t going to kick well last night.
"That first one right before the half, that 56 yarder -- it was pretty windy down there -- I actually thought long and hard in the few seconds you have to think about it, throwing for the end zone instead of trying for the kick."
He decided to go for the kick since Folk had made a 56-yarder in practice this week. It wasn't even close. That one wasn't as concerning as his misses from 49 and 31 yards -- kicks that a guy like him should make in his sleep.
"There are a couple there that you’re expecting him to make," Koetter said. "When I say, ‘We’re disappointed today’ at opportunities that we missed, that’s at a lot of different positions. That’s certainly one.”
He is 2-of-7 on field goals in the past two games and missed an extra point two weeks ago against the New York Giants. He is 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) on field goals this year, which is 29th in the league.
"I just didn’t hit the ball yesterday real well," said Folk, who admitted the same thing after his misses against New York. He plans to decompress during his time off by spending time with his wife and children. "Hopefully I will get back next week and kick the ball better. That’s all you can do.”