Tampa Bay kicker Connor Barth is not worried about staying perfect as he starts working with his fifth holder since becoming a Buccaneer. Barth is a perfect 6-for-6 on his field goal attempts this season and finished the 2009 season making seven-of-eight field goals. While Barth is pleased with not missing a kick he says his goal is to have a good season and is not focused on a perfect season.
“For me it is just I’m six-for-six right now I’m happy to be 100 percent, but you if you’re shooting for perfection you’re going to fail. That’s what gets a lot of people too,” said Barth. “You can’t shoot for perfection that’s why a lot of people fail in a lot of sports I feel. That’s where people try to be so nit-picky and so perfect. You’re human. Eventually you’re going to miss a kick. You’re going to miss a putt. I’m not saying you set yourself up to fail, but you focus on just doing the best you can and not worrying about the result. It is crazy to think about the 100 percent thing. If you try and be perfect you’re killing yourself because eventually something that is going to happen and it might be out of your control. In the end I just keep the confidence I have now and keep working.”
Barth will have the challenge of working with his fifth holder since joining the Bucs organization. On Tuesday Tampa Bay released punter Chris Bryan and signed punter Robert Malone a day later.
“It has been five,” said Barth of his holders. “With every holder that comes in I don’t try too much pressure on them. I’m just like ‘hey if you can put the laces out I’m going to put it through any time.’ It is that easy. Andrew does a good job because 95 percent of the time the laces are out. Then really all a holder has to do is get it down at that spot. That’s why Andrew’s so good.”
“I’m not a real picky guy when it comes to holding. Some guys like the super lean. I like just a little tilt into them. Mason Crosby likes it really leaned. With Chris [Bryan] we had to work a lot on him getting that thing a little straighter. Everyone’s different. For me I’m simple just a little lean in. That’s how he was with his kicker in college.”
Barth said that he, Malone, and Economos went a perfect 6-for-6 in practice on Wednesday. While Barth may not have consistency with his holder he has it with his life-long fan and coach.
“I just sit back and talk to my dad because he’s kind of my coach,” said Barth. “He’s been around the game for so long.”
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