Chris Boswell and his faulty foot could soon be making an exit from Pittsburgh.
While speaking to reporters Tuesday following an embarrassing 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Sunday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin admitted the team will look at other kickers this week, but hinted the organization isn’t ready to move on from Boswell just yet.
“We acknowledge Chris has struggled; we’re willing to explore options that gives us our best option to see that ball go through the uprights, and those options include Chris,” Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “The prudent approach includes Chris.
“His performance merits turning over stones, but the easy option is to assign blame. That’s not our intention. We want to do what’s right for our football team and that’s to ensure we give ourselves the best options to win a football game. That is the approach we intend to take.”
Boswell has botched 11 kicks this season, including six field goals, with his most recent flop coming on the final play of Sunday’s game when his plant foot slipped and caused him to miss a game-tying 40-yard attempt.
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However, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had Boswell’s back during his Tuesday radio appearance on 93.7 The Fan as he claimed the field at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is “not ideal” for kicking.
“I just kind of put my hand on his back and said, ‘Hey, keep your head up. we’re gonna need you at some point.’ Hopefully he heard the words,” Roethlisberger said. “I haven’t loss confidence in him. I still think every time he lines up, it’s gonna go in. He needs to have that same confidence, and I hope he does.”
The Steelers (7-5-1) face an uphill battle as they look to snap their three-game skid when they host the Patriots (9-4) at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday in a crucial AFC showdown.