CARSON, Calif. – An awful kicking presentation by Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri removed what ought to have been a Week 1 triumph for Jacoby Brissett as the swap for Andrew Luck at quarterback.
Vinatieri, the NFL’s record-breaking driving scorer, missed three kicks – an additional point and two field objectives – in the Colts’ 30-24 extra time misfortune to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
“I was lousy,” said Vinatieri, who remained at his storage and sat tight for the media after the game. “Clearly, I didn’t kick well today and let my group down. They played well. Glad for the folks who warded their butts off and returned. … I feel like that misfortune is 100% on me. You play a group like the Chargers, who clearly are a decent group, can’t come in here and miss three kicks and hope to win. That is such a large number of focuses to give away.”
Vinatieri re-marked with the Colts during the offseason on the grounds that the 46-year-old accepts they have a group equipped for making a run this season and he believes he can even now kick at an abnormal state.
Be that as it may, questions are certain to come up after Sunday’s presentation, on the grounds that returning to last season’s misfortune to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs, Vinatieri has now missed five kicks – two additional focuses and three field objectives – in the previous two games he’s played in. Sunday denoted the first run through since 1999 that Vinatieri missed three kicks in a game, and it’s the third time it’s occurred in his 24-year vocation.
“In case you’re a [general manager], you’d cut me, wouldn’t ya?” Vinatieri asked an ESPN correspondent. “I don’t settle on those choices. Those are choice for another person to make. I will go out there and make sense of what I fouled up and attempt to fix that, and let those choice be made by other individuals.”
Vinatieri said he’s fine healthwise notwithstanding missing time during preparing camp with knee damage. He said he won’t do a ton of loosening up this week as he attempts to recover the touch that enabled him to be the NFL’s driving scorer.
Regardless of his kicker leaving seven points off the load up which would have won for the Colts, mentor Frank Reich is as yet supporting Vinatieri.
Adam Vinatieri missed two objectives and an additional point in the Colts’ Week 1 loss. Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports
“He’s the one person I’m not stressed over,” Reich said. “We have the best kicker ever. He didn’t have a decent day. There were a great deal of folks that didn’t.”
One player who had a decent game was Brissett, who made his first start as Luck’s substitution following Luck’s retirement two weeks prior. Brissett was 21-of-27 for 190 yards and two touchdowns, including the one that topped off a 16-play, 80-yard drive that constrained the game into extra time following a two-point change.
“I can’t recollect an excessive number of missteps that he made,” Reich said. “He was in finished control. He was balanced, he recognized what he needed when there were talks on the sideline about either. He comprehended what he needed and he made it work. That was a decent start for Jacoby.”
About the main thing that went poorly for Brissett, who marked a two-year, $30 million contract with the Colts a week ago, is that he didn’t get opportunity to top his exhibition by driving Indianapolis to the triumphant score. The Chargers scored a touchdown on the principal arrangement in additional time for the triumph.
“It’s intense,” Brissett said.
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