Oct 27, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent (2) walks towards the sidelines after warming up before the game against the New York Jets at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports
At the beginning of the year, I said they kept the wrong kicker and should have stuck with Josh Brown. I continue to stand by that. While this is the first game one of his misses cost the team the game, he nearly cost them the game with misses against GB, Buf and Det – his game winning FGs in Buf and Det are not needed if he makes the earlier kicks. 76.5% does not cut it for a kicker and you can see that Marvin’s confidence in him is questionable as he has passed up long game winning FG tries in back to back weeks. Nugent’s FG% ranks 25th out of 32 kickers – Brown 13/15 (86.7%) ranks 15th. Ask yourself this, with the game on the line: How confident to you feel with Nugent?