Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Jeff Reed missed a silly 26-yard field goal last night against the New England Patriots. The reason? From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
“I’m not one to make excuses,” Reed began. “I’ll take the credit for the miss. It was a great snap, a great hold, great protection. It’s kind of hard when you plant your foot and the hole – a piece of ground moves where the ball’s under the holder. I almost missed the ball completely.
“I’m not going to make excuses. If you’ve played any kind of sports in your life, you realize that what we play on is not very good turf. It happens.”
I’m officially confused. If he’s not trying to make excuses, then what is he doing? Reviewing the “not very good turf” conditions of Heinz for the Post-Gazette’s Homes & Garden section?
“Not at all, man. Some big kicks, I’ve missed some important kicks. It’s sports. It’s not an excuse, but it’s life. You can’t sit here and say, man, you’ve been an 85 percent here and there and now you’re whatever percentage. I’ve lost track. It hurts me that I don’t help this team get points. But percentages are way overrated, and on a night like tonight when I felt great, kicked off well, did everything I was supposed to do and you miss a 20-something yard field goal, everyone wants to focus on that in a game like this.”
Reed really shouldn’t go around promoting the fact that he has missed “big kicks” and “important kicks.” I’m not Mike Tomlin nor am I a member of the Rooney family, but I would think that important people in the Steelers organization are not exactly thrilled that Reed thinks that “percentages are way overrated” and missing kicks is just “sports.”
You see, Reed has never had a strong leg, so his ability to get paid millions of dollars for kicking a football is solely based on accuracy. Well, if percentages that reflect accuracy are “way overrated,” then, I guess, so is Reed’s leg.
Reed has missed seven field goals this year. Two of them have been from 50+ yards so we won’t harp on that. Excluding the missed 26-yarder from last night, the remaining four are from 40-49 yards. Specifically, 40, 45, 46, and 49 yards away.
In fact, Reed is 0/4 from 40-49 yards on the year. In the last five years, he has been 4/5 (2009), 8/10 (2008), 4/5 (2007), 4/7 (2006), and 6/9 (2005). Percentages must really not matter, especially if you’re at zero for the year.
Reed even criticized the fans for their criticism of him:
“I don’t really know what you’re talking about, but it doesn’t surprise me. If you’re not perfect in this city, man, then you’re going to hear about it. It’s been like that for nine years, and why would they stop now?”
Oh, okay. Only Pittsburgh fans get angry when the athletes don’t play up to par. The fans in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and everywhere else must only give hugs when their teams perform poorly.
Oh, right, you’re not one to make excuses. I guess the stupidity must be innate then.