Bill Belichick has confidence in Stephen Gostkowski despite missed kicks, notes entire field goal operation part of play

Ryan Hannable
September 16, 2019 - 1:52 pm

Stephen Gostkowski's play stood out Sunday against the Dolphins, but not the way he would have liked.

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The veteran kicker missed three kicks -- two extra points and a field goal -- for the first time in his NFL career. Gostkowski was particularly hard on himself after the game, but speaking on a conference call Monday, Bill Belichick noted it isn't just Gostkowski who has a role in those plays.

While Gostkowski and long snapper Joe Cardona have been together for years, there's a new member of the trio in holder Jake Bailey, who beat out Ryan Allen over the summer.

When asked about the misses Belichick showed confidence in Gostkowski, while also signaling he may not be entirely responsible for the three misses.

“As we know, the field goal operation is really a full-team play," Belichick said. "It is not just one guy, but the most important player is the kicker on that particular play. We just have to do good job all the way around —- coaching and timing and execution by the specialists and protection by the other eight player. Just work at it.

"Steve is a good kicker. He’s made a lot of big kicks for us. Certainly kicked well last week against Pittsburgh. I have confidence in all the people who are involved here — coaches, the players, specialists, so forth. We just have to work harder at it and expect better results.”

The 35-year-old was 27-for-32 on field goals last year, with all of his misses coming over 40 yards. He did miss a kick early in the Super Bowl though, which continued a trend of missed kicks in the postseason.

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