It was the same old story on Sunday in the kicking game; more missed kicks that cost the team points, and ultimately a win. The Colts have to address it for the sake of their season.
Adam Vinatieri was given a chance. He was given a chance to rectify his poor kicking results after a terrible first three weeks of the season. It seemed like he was on the right track after a couple of games, but then he started missing again. Now it’s time to cut bait.
For the sake of their season, the Colts need to bring in a new kicker and cut Vinatieri. Originally, I had said they could wait until the end of the season so he could retire. But that is no longer an option. He has now cost the Colts two games this season.
Those two games could be massive down the stretch. They could be the difference between the Colts making the playoffs or sitting at home. This is a business, and business decisions need to be made. Management has to make a decision that is about business and not emotion.
Vinatieri has done great things in this league. He is the NFL’s all-time leading scorer and has made two kicks to win Super Bowls. But he is 46 now and he has clearly lost his ability to make kicks with any consistency. The Colts deserve better with this team.
This team has a chance to make some noise around the league. But they can’t afford to be leaving points on the board. They can’t afford to give away games. Now is the time to stop the madness and bring in another kicker. Mike Nugent. Matt Bryant. Heck bring in Roberto Aguayo for all I care. As long as one of these kickers can consistently make kicks, they need to be signed.