INDIANAPOLIS – If the Colts continue to struggle in the game of kicking, they will do it with veteran Adam Vinatieri in the near future.
Colts coach Frank Reich, after speaking with general manager Chris Ballard, said Wednesday that Vinatieri, who has had the most disappointing season of his 24-year career in the NFL, is " our guy "in terms of typing.
"Chris and I have discussed the situation, we trust Adam," said Reich. "Obviously, there have been other kickers working here.We trust in Adam.He's not just our kicker, he's a leader of our team – a captain, a presence It's important, we think we need him forward and have the utmost confidence in him. "
Vinatieri, who became the NFL's all-time all-time scorer in 2018 and will likely be in the Hall of Fame when his career is over, cost the Colts (5-4) at least two games of the season with defeats against the The Los Angeles Chargers in the first week and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9. He missed an extra point against Miami, which forced the Colts to make a touchdown in the 16-12 loss to the Dolphins last weekend.
Vinatieri's problems have already provoked Ballard twice. The Colts had six kickers for workouts before week 3, and then four more worked for the team earlier this week.
Vinatieri has only made 70% of his extra points attempts (14 of 20) this season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, it is poised to have the worst pass rate of all kickers with at least 20 extra points attempts in NFL history. His success rate of 73.7% on placement attempts (14 out of 19) is only slightly higher than in 2003 when he scored a career low with 73.5% of his attempts.
These types of bad numbers would normally result in the release of a player, but the Colts will continue to stay with Vinatieri because, says Reich, "you treat everyone fairly, but not everyone in the same way".
"I think it makes sense," said Reich. "And everyone understands it.With 24 years of what he has done, we trust him.If you are going through a difficult time, we will be a little more patient than usual."
The Colts are currently on a two-game losing streak and one game behind the Houston Texans for first place in the South AFC. They have three straight games against division opponents, including a game against the Texans on November 21st.
"His mental stamina is really important to me," said Reich about Vinatieri. "I believe in him, I believe that everything we live in is only a phase, it will help us win games and lead us where we want to go."
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