As the saga of the Steelers carries on with Le’Veon Bell now a free agent, Antonio Brown seemingly to be traded and Ben Roethlisberger’s management known as into question, Steelers overall manager Kevin Colbert addressed the messy drama this past week in a scrum with local journalists.
Pretty overpassed, noteworthy as it changed into once within the shadows of the total superstars’ spotlight this past season, changed into once the attempting campaign of kicker Chris Boswell.
Maybe it is rate pondering whether the total drama would possess performed out as it did had Boswell been higher, serious about the impact his misses had on the Steelers’ fortunes. Finally, Boswell converted a occupation-low 65 percent of his discipline targets and most definitely most telling uncared for seven kicks (level-after attempts and discipline targets) in 5 games Pittsburgh didn’t steal, including a season-opening 21-21 tie with the Browns in which he misfired on a game-a success 42-yard discipline intention. That tie keep of abode the tone for the roller-coaster trip that changed into once Pittsburgh’s playoff-less 9-6-1 season.
“The drop-off with Chris Boswell changed into once gorgeous, disappointing and here’s one thing that Chris shares with us like we half with him,” Colbert stated thru a transcript from his scrum. “We possess that Chris Boswell has the power to protect out higher than he did, he has already proven that. He keep of abode a extinct for himself in 2017, as a Authentic Bowl player and final yr statistically he changed into once one of the most worst kickers and that’s the reason a substantial drop-off.”
Boswell’s statistics are sure proof of his trials and tribulations during a season he ended on injured reserve with a groin ruin. In 20 attempts, he converted an heart-broken 13 discipline targets. The 65 percent kicks converted, the 13 discipline targets and the 20 attempts were all occupation-lows and the percentage changed into once the 2d-worst within the league before simplest Zane Gonzalez (9 of 14 for 64.3 percent), who performed in simplest seven games for 2 groups. Boswell made 43 of forty eight extra parts alongside with his 89.6 level-after percentage third-worst within the league.
As the Steelers struggled out of the gate to a 1-1-1 sage, Boswell’s difficulties ran parallel as he changed into once simplest one of 4 on discipline targets and 9 of 11 on PATs. In a fine Week 13 defeat at Oakland, the four-yr pro uncared for two discipline targets and the Steelers misplaced, 24-21.
Bell, Brown and Substantial Ben drew a vogue of headlines and controversy, but ‘Bos’ had a tumultuous season and his future in Pittsburgh will be up within the air.
“As a young player we also possess that he can pick up his contrivance out of that and we might give a hang to him in that strive,” Colbert stated. “Does that imply that he might furthermore honest not possess competition? Absolutely not. We signed a kid, Matt McCrane, once we place Boswell on reserve/injured and Matt did a pleasant job in that Cincinnati game kicking the discipline targets that helped us steal that game. Might also we add one other young player into that combine? Positive. There’ll be competition for ‘Bos.’”