Former Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR
Most of us have been sacked in the recliner on a lazy afternoon when a movie comes on we had seen before but didn’t really ever enjoy. Instead of suffering through it, we reach for the remote.
On Saturday morning, after seeing Roberto Aguayo miss an extra point and a late field goal in the team’s 23-12 loss to the Bengals the night before, Koetter and general manager Jason Licht decided to change the channel on the former FSU standout.
“We saw what that movie was like last year,” Koetter said. “We’re just not going to go that direction anymore. That doesn’t mean that we’re never going to miss a field goal again, or miss an extra point again. Just like offensive lineman are going to miss blocks, quarterbacks are going to miss open receivers, and we’re going to miss tackles, that is part of the game. I think it is safe to say that we have just seen enough in our time here on these fields. Right now we feel like we need to move towards a more consistent performance in that area.
“Anytime you have to let a draft pick go it’s not something you look forward to doing, but it’s a production business. It’s unfortunate because Roberto is a good kid. He’s tried to do the right thing, but again, it’s a production business. I’m sure he’ll get another opportunity. He’s just got to learn from this and move on. This allows us, as a team, to get behind Nick. There is pressure even in that. As a team we need to support Nick and move forward.”
While the release of Aguayo is a boost for the battle for Folk, Tampa Bay will bring in some competition for the veteran who won’t necessarily be handed the job.
“We’re going to bring in another kicker because we want to have another leg in camp. Plus, anything can happen. A guy can pull a hamstring or twist an ankle. As long as we have room, we’d like to have another guy that can kick the football. As of right now Nick is going to be our kicker.”
The Bucs moved up in the second round last year to take the former Seminole, a move that drew plenty of criticism both locally and nationally. It only got worse after Aguayo went 22-of-31 on field goal attempts and 32-of-34 on extra point attempts as a rookie.
Koetter was asked if having the Hard Knocks cameras make the release process more difficult.
“No. It’s not…the cameras don’t make it harder,” Koetter said. “It’s hard because you are dealing with a person’s career and a person’s life. Whether it is Roberto Aguayo or anyone else that we have to let go. I see what these guys go through. It’s one thing, at any job, if you are letting go of a guy who doesn’t care or isn’t trying to give his best, or not doing the things you ask him. That is hardly ever the case. These guys are out there trying to do it the way we ask them and they’re giving it their all. It just isn’t good enough sometimes, and that is difficult. The way I try to frame it when I talk to those guys is, this doesn’t affect your manhood. I’ve been fired. You get over it. You learn from it and apply it to your next opportunity.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
He would been toast long time ago if not for the dumb draft position.
Solid moves from K + L on bringing in another kicker to compete. Always good to have a backup plan. Is there any buzz on who exactly they might be looking at?
Does anyone know any big name kickers that are still available?
No real names left out there, except Dan Carpenter, who was good until last year, when he missed 6 of 25 attempts, along with a bunch of extra points.
Bucs will probably bring in a no-name guy. It’s the scouts’ job to keep a list of unknowns at every position who might be productive.
John Lunsford, former Buc tryout, recently released by the Seahawks. Patrick Murray, former Buc PK recently released by the Saints. My opinion – Not a lot of real competition, Folks will be Buc PK.
Correction: Folk no S. Three’s company, folks is a crowd! lol.
Coach said it all. Go Bucs!
Keeping you up to date my friend because I know you don’t use Twitter. Bucs have signed PK Zach Hocker, 6-0 189 25 3 Arkansas as competition for Nick Folk. And Roberto Aguayo lasted 10 minutes on the waiver wire before he was claimed by the Chicago Bears. If he he beats out another former Buc PK, Connor Barth, we will see him in Tampa again for our second regular season game. #karma
Coach said it all? Where was the mea culpa for getting rid of Barth and trading up to draft a kicker instead of drafting quality lineman to keep our QBs upright and open holes for our RBs?
Don’t get me wrong, JL is (probably) going to end up being the best GM in the sorry history of this franchise in that role, but boneheaded moves like that along with the stereotypical overemphasis by inexperience GMs on skill positions over the OL and DL will likely be the difference between us being a playoff team this season and the 1-2 years more it will likely require to solidify the foundation around Jameis.
We’re talented but wafer thin in terms of depth; I’m encouraged and fingers crossed but most likely our,ack of depth is exposed again and it takes until next season or the year after to get over the hump. Frankly given where we’ve been since the Glazer boys fired Gruden I’m okay with it taking another few years for our coaches and QB to make us a perennial playoff challenger. We’re headed in the right direction for the first time in a very long time.
Because all the other GMs in the league bat 1.000 on their draft picks?
What planet are you from where that is the standard of performance for GMs in the NFL? Not this planet.
The real key for a GM is how they handle Cap Space. We have not seen how Licht will handle that with Evans & Winston. The tough part is a team cannot win the Super Bowl without a good QB, but if you overpay, the team will be not good enough to be a Super Bowl contender. Look at the last Super Bowl winners
2017 – Brady – Not paid as a top 10 QB
2016 – Peyton had to take a pay cut
2015 – Brady (see 2017)
2014 – Wilson – On Rookie Contract
2013 – Flacco – On Rookie Contract
2012 – Eli Manning – Cap hit of 9.6M
2011 – Rodgers – Cap hit 7.75
They released the guy and are moving on. What, do you want a cookie as well?
Wasted 2 draft pics…a really dumb pick to move up to second round for a kicker when bucs had a decent kicker already on the roster..Lets hope bucs GM learned from this….
Bucs did not have to release Aguayo now, so I see this as more of a signal to the rest of the team. If you were brought in to do something, you do it in the first (or second!) chance you get!
The bucs’ bold moves at kicker have turned out disastrous, remember Kyle Brindza?
Mark, I’m an FSU alum I was floored when they traded up to take him! I’m sure you noticed how he declined every year after his RS Freshman season when he won thr Groza. His FG% went from 95.0 to 90.0 to 80.8 in college. Last year was not a fluke, it was a continuing downwards trend!
I didn’t like the pick when it was announced but I got behind him once he was a buc and rooted for him to succeed. Now I am just glad we are moving on. Overall, I am happy with what Licht is doing and the direction he has us heading. Is he perfect? No but no GM bats 100%.
Over rated college kicker is a bust in the NFL anyone who paid attention saw this coming.
Dude got a good rep kicking short to mid range kicks in college and got worse every year. Should’ve never been drafted, what a waste
Licht and Koetter said they f-‘d up. what more do you want?
I think if Robero was drilling FG’s we would be calling Licht a hero.
Wish Robeto well though, seemed like a good kid. And he still has what, 850,000 grand coming his way?
He should be OK.
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