Watch: Bucs’ Nick Folk Misses Three Field Goals In Loss To Patriots, Twitter Reacts
Nick Folk Field Goal Misses
The Bucks kicker — who is replacing the recently-released Robert Aguayo — missed all three of his field goal attempts. One in particular was a 49-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter, as Tampa trailed 16-7. Of course, 49 yards is no easy distance from which to boot a field goal, but Folk’s kick was way off the mark:
— Nick Ramos (@NickR83) October 6, 2017
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter confessed after the game that he had already talked to general manager Jason Licht about potentially making a change at kicker.
“We’ll talk about that,” Koetter said when asked if Folk will be the kicker going forward. “Jason and I had a brief conversation afterwards. That’ll be something that’s forthcoming. But you don’t want to make any rash decisions.”
Folk clearly looked devastated with his mistakes.
Video: Bucs kicker Nick Folk talks about missing three field goals in loss to Patriots: “We should have won the game. … This one’s on me.” pic.twitter.com/IL4mQJ7rnn
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) October 6, 2017
Fans on Twitter didn’t wait long to poke fun at the kicker’s errors.
— Amy (@ALH_43) October 6, 2017
Nick Folk NFL highlights pic.twitter.com/xrUwDEFY37
— Happy Belichick (@SportsTalkKyle) October 6, 2017
— Zach Hausauer (@Zhowsour) October 6, 2017
Bye- bye Folk
— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) October 6, 2017
What is particularly telling is that Folk’s record thus far this season is even worse than Aguayo’s was in 2016. In 2016, Aguayo finished 22 of 31 on field goals (71 percent). Folk is 6 of 11 through five games (54.5 percent).
Folk successfully made a 34-yard field goal in the final seconds of last week’s contest against the New York Giants to lift his team to a 25-23 win.
At least the Bucs made up for that with this:
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) October 6, 2017
Tom Brady finished 30 of 40 for 303 yards and a touchdown to Chris Hogan, and was sacked three times. New England was missing Rob Gronkowski, who sat out with a thigh injury.
The Patriots (3-2, 2nd in AFC East) next visit the New York Jets on Oct. 15, when the Bucs (2-2, 4th in NFC South) visit the Arizona Cardinals.
TAMPA, FL – OCTOBER 5: Kicker Nick Folk #2 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gets a hold form punter Bryan Anger #9 as he misses a 56-yard field goal attempt during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on October 5, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)