Let’s face it; Adam Vinatieri is the reason the Colts aren’t 1-0 right now. He missed a total of three kicks on Sunday, including a chip shot 29-yard field goal. He added another missed field goal and a missed extra point to conclude the worst day of his career.
The Colts’ coaches have backed Vinatieri and said that they aren’t worried about him. They all have faith that he will bounce back. I am a little more skeptical. He’s 46 years old, and Father Time may have caught up to him. He finished last season poorly as well.
It will be interesting to see how he responds to his poor play. If he shows up and plays like his normal self, then the Colts don’t have anything to worry about. Him making kicks is what he’s supposed to do, and they won’t lose the game because of him.
But if he continues to struggle, there is a real chance that the Colts bring someone else in to compete with him. This roster is too good to have to deal with a struggling kicker. They need someone who can be counted on reliably for every game.
I would be shocked if Vinatieri plays as poorly as he did in LA, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he did miss a field goal. Like I said, he’s old. Age gets to every player eventually. This very well could be his last year in the NFL.
If the Colts are able to execute all three of these things, they should be able to win yet another game against the Titans without too much trouble.