With the Steelers down 17-3, Jeff Reed missed a 26-yard field goal.
Now, this did not lose the game. I don't blame Jeff Reed for the loss.
That being said, I'm about done with him. I'm done with his whining. After the game last night, Jeff Reed talked to the media and had some interesting things to say.
Thanks to the good folks at steelersdepot.com, who has the entire interview with Reed, everyone got to hear a sour Reed speak after the game. Dressed in a "haters hate" t-shirt, Reed went on to say that the fans are only there to bash him and then went on to blame to the turf for his misses.
Reed said that he didn't want to make excuses, yet he made excuses. Not only is Reed not playing well, he is becoming a hypocrite and a blemish on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Reed has been playing at Heinz Field since 2002, so I automatically dismiss that excuse. As for the fans bashing him, don't give them a reason to bash you. Make some field goals, especially the ones that you're supposed to make.
All offseason, Reed complained about his contract and said that he feels betrayed, yet the Steelers franchised him, making him one of the highest paid kickers in the league this year.
Reed is not playing like a player that doesn't have a contract should be. Instead of blaming the fans, the field and the Steelers, Reed needs to take a long look at himself because he only has himself to blame.
Now it seems that Reed's time as the Pittsburgh Steelers kicker could be coming to an end. ESPN's Adam Shefter is reporting that the Steelers are considering cutting Reed.
The Steelers are reportedly going to bring in multiple kickers for workouts on Tuesday, which could spell the end for Reed in Pittsburgh.
Reed is 15 of 22 on field goals this season and his kicking percentage of 68.2 is the lowest of his career—lower than the 71.9 percent in 2003, his second year in the NFL. Reed missed nine field goals that season and the Steelers finished 6-10.
I'm going to assume that the Steelers will replace Reed. I think it's time and probably should have done before the season.