Adam Jones displeased with Mike Nugent
Cincinnati Bengals kicker Adam Jones took Sunday's 37-37 tie as a loss.
With a great opportunity to win the game with two seconds remaining in overtime, kicker Mike Nugent pushed a 36-yard field goal attempt to the right. What's normally a chip-shot field goal for NFL kickers turned into disappointment in Cincinnati's locker room.
Among those upset was cornerback Adam Jones, who voiced his displeasure with Nugent.
"We were in a perfect position to win the game, two seconds left on the clock, we've got to win the game," Jones said after the game. "Everybody in here gets paid to do a job and that's what everybody needs to do."
Following those remarks, Jones was asked if the Bengals should replace Nugent.
"I didn't say that, but I said everybody gets paid to do a job," Jones said. "So perform and do your job, that's all I'm saying."
While Nugent deserves considerable blame for missing an easy field goal, Jones shouldn't be so quick to point the finger at him. It's easy though, since kickers don't have to put up with the rigors other players do — such as risk physical harm on each play. Kickers come in, rarely get touched while attempting to perform a task that pales in comparison to what his teammates go through daily.
But the Bengals' defense did give up 37 points. Generally speaking, if you give up 37 points, you don't deserve to win — especially in the NFL. So while emotions were running high following the game, Jones should realize his unit deserves plenty of blame for the outcome too.
And assuming Jones has calmed down since the comments, perhaps he'll come to realize that the Bengals were actually fortunate to end Sunday's game against Carolina in a tie all things considered. It's rare for teams to give up 37 points through 75 minutes and not lose.
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