PITTSBURGH — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has his kicker’s again, and plainly will proceed for the remaining of the season.
After practising to hold his job late final week as a result of of struggles all 12 months, Chris Boswell helped seal Sunday’s 17-10 victory over the New England Patriots with a 48-yarder within the ultimate minutes. He had missed a 32-yarder within the third quarter.
“He is our kicker from begin to end and I favored the best way he got here again and banged that subsequent alternative, and that’s what this factor [football] is about,” Tomlin stated. “You’re going to be examined, we’re going to be examined, typically you’re going to fail however you higher go sufficient of them.”
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Boswell has transformed 11 of 18 (61.1 p.c) field targets this season, leaving Pittsburgh at risk of turning into the primary NFL workforce with a sub-60 p.c kicking price for the reason that 2000 Bengals. He is additionally missed 5 further factors, although he made each Sunday.
The misses prompted the Steelers (Eight-5-1) to check out free brokers Kai Forbath and Matt McCrane, making use of stress on Boswell to carry out properly in Thursday’s observe, which he did.
Boswell, 27, stated from his locker Sunday that Tomlin informed him after the miss to hold his head up as a result of he is going proper again to him. The coach did simply that on fourth-and-6 with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left and the Steelers holding a 14-10 lead.
“I made that call after I walked into the stadium with him that he was our kicker and I wasn’t going to play that second-guessing sport in the present day,” Tomlin stated. “We evaluated that course of in a really thorough method. Prior to going into the stadium we had a terrific deal of consolation with the route that we selected to take.”
Boswell stated the assist from the workforce is rewarding, however he nonetheless has to carry out higher. Boswell turned a Professional Bowler thanks to an 89.5 p.c success price on field targets (85-of-95) from 2015 to ’17. That is what made his two ugly misses in a Week 14 loss to Oakland puzzling.
“Nothing’s forgiven,” stated Boswell, who signed a five-year extension value round $20 million in August. “It is variety of the character of our enterprise. You’ve to carry out.”
That won’t cease teammates from attempting to increase his confidence.
“He ought to be extremely excited, as a result of we’re for him,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stated. “We despatched Bos on the market and there was confidence. I believed he was going to make it. Clearly he believed in himself and he did it, and I am proud of him for doing it and giving us an opportunity to win this sport.”