Kyle Brindza missed another two field goals and an extra point against the Carolina Panthers, bringing his total to six of twelve missed field goals on the season, and two of eight missed extra points. That's a grand total of 20 points the Bucs have left on the field thanks to inept kicking. While Lovie Smith wouldn't comment on Brindza's status with the team last night, it's hard to imagine him lasting the day.
One problem: the Bucs need a kicker who can handle field goals and kickoffs, and that seems to be rare commodity these days.
We all know Connor Barth: he was Mr. Reliable for four seasons before missing all of 2013 with an injury, and then losing out to Patrick Murray in the 2014 preseason. He's hit 85.3% career field goals on 136 attempts, and won several games for the Bucs on last-minute field goals.
One problem: Barth can't handle kickoffs. It's why he lost his job with the Broncos this offseason, and why the Bucs went with Brindza over him. Either punter Jacob Schum is going to have to handle kickoffs, or Barth has suddenly developed a stronger leg.
Once upon a time, Forbath was the Bucs' training camp kicker. He didn't make the team, and was the main kicker for Washington the past four years. This season he lost his job after missing one field goal in his first game, having struggled with accuracy in the preseason as well. Overall, he's been an accurate kicker hitting 87% of his field goals over 69 attempts from 2012 through now.
Like Barth, though, he struggles to handle kickoffs, producing only 48 touchbacks on 122 kickoffs.
In three years with the Houston Texans, he hit 80.3% of his field goals. He was cut after missing one plus two extra points this year, though his main accuracy issues stem from 2013. He's not the most accurate field goal kicker, but he's likely better than Brindza in that regard -- and he does have the leg to consistently handle kickoffs, producing 79 touchbacks on 167 attempts and averaging 65.9 yards per kickoff.
Just cut by the Steelers after missing two kicks against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, Scobee is a twelve-year veteran who has hit 80.1% of his field goals over his career, but was cut by the Jaguars after strugling for most of the 2014 season. He also no longer seems to have the leg to handle kickoffs consistently, averaging just 62.6 and 61.2 yards respectively the last two seasons. Still, that may be a blip on the radar and the Bucs could give him another shot, hoping he's good enough for one more season.