Mike Francesa: Nothing Is a Given Anymore With NFL Kickers

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Aldrick Rosas wasn't his usual self on Sunday. 

Rosas missed both of his field goal attempts as the Giants dropped their seventh straight game, falling to Chicago 19-14. He's converted on 8-of-12 field goal attempts, 21-of-24 extra points this season, but reiterated to reporters that he has to make his kicks. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur called Rosas' performance "unacceptable" and wouldn't reveal if he seriously considered another kicker to compete with Rosas for the kicking job. 

Kickers arguably face the greatest uncertainty regarding their job security in the NFL— the Jets cut Kaare Vedvik after he missed two field goals in his debut earlier this season. WFAN's Mike Francesa believes Rosas is only going through a slump. 

"I don't understand Rosas," Francesa said on Monday. "Kickers are weird. They're like relief pitchers. Rosas was their best player last year. He was great. He was a Pro Bowl kicker last year. Kickers go through slumps. This guy is going through a slump now. It's the only thing I can say." 

NFL teams have cracked down on their kickers this season. Most make drastic changes after one mediocre performance. In October, the Tennessee Titans cut Cairo Santos after he missed four field goals after a 14-7 loss. The Patriots cut veteran Mike Nugent, who filled in for the injured Stephen Gostkowski, when he missed four field goals and one extra point in four games with the team. 

"I don't understand this, but this year in the NFL, there have been more kicks missed than any year I can remember," Francesa said. "Nothing is a given anymore with these kickers. Not extra points - give the NFL credit with changing the extra points because they really have put drama back in the extra points. You now watch the extra point ... it's not automatic.

It's easy to decipher that the Giants likely would've left Soldier Field if Rosas drilled the two field goals. Unlike the case with Carolina's Joey Slye, Rosas didn't have the fate of the game on his foot. 

Tied at 31, Slye missed three field goals including a 28-yard attempt with 2:09 left in the fourth quarter. The Saints trekked down the field before Will Lutz converted on a 33-yard field goal as time expired.

"You see what happened in the Saints game yesterday? Francesa asked. "The guy missed a 28-yard field goal to win the game. Twenty-eight yards! How the hell do you miss a 28-yard field goal to win the game? You can't make a 28-yard kick, you know what? Get your own way home."

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