Stephen Gostkowski: Despite recent struggles 'I’ve always had my confidence'

Ryan Hannable
December 04, 2016 - 1:52 pm

[caption id="attachment_114472" align="alignright" width="400"]Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals in the Patriots' win against the Rams. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports) Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals in the Patriots' win against the Rams. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)[/caption] FOXBORO -- Even though the Patriots only scored two touchdowns in the 26-10 win over the Rams, it meant it was a busy day for kicker Stephen Gostkowski. After going through some recent struggles, it was a big day for the kicker as he kicked four field goals, including three from 40-plus yards. Gostkowski entered the game missing four field goals this year, his highest number since 2012. "It's a start. It's one game," Gostkowski said. "Every week is a different challenge. You just got to battle, keep your head down, stay humble and show up but control your attitude and your effort and make sure both of those are good and have faith in the process that what you've been doing is going to continue." The kicker is in his 11th season and said he's been around sports long enough not to get down after a few tough games. "In athletics, I've gone through ups and downs my whole life," he said. "I've always had my confidence when it comes to athletics. It's sometimes stubborn to a fault. As long as I'm out there and getting a chance to play, I expect to do well. No one is harder on themselves than me when I do bad and I don't plan on changing any time soon." It's been noted Gostkowski has tweaked his kicking motion a few times over the year, but he said it's nothing he hasn't done in past seasons. "You fine tune every week," Gostkowski said. "When you play in New England you can have cold weather, hot weather, windy weather, or snow. It's a daily change out there and it's not a climate controlled environment so you're fine-tuning every day. Your body feels different, but you're going to go through all that during a long season so it's no different from any other season I've had."