By: Amanda Borges (@Amanda1010XL)
The life of a kicker seems like the easiest of any player in the NFL. They kick a ball for a living. They don’t get hit. They don’t run routes and tackle receivers. They line up and kick the ball.
Oh, how wrong we are to say that. The life of a kicker, as told by former Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee, isn’t all that easy.
Picture this: You have your dream job and you’re good at it. Not just good, you are great. You are successful, your peers love you, and you’re getting paid really well. You have this job for several years and you have no thoughts of quitting anytime soon. Then, your world crashes all around you. Your job is taken away and you’re left to figure out how to pick up the pieces.
That’s what happened to Scobee. It wasn’t easy for him. He joined us in-studio to talk about his life since being traded and then released, and venturing into the unknown territory of being an unemployed kicker in the NFL. He was brutally honest, saying that he didn’t have the right mindset when he was traded to Pittsburgh. He was away from his family, his teammates, and the city that he loves. It was a recipe for disaster.
Scobee was also very honest about the Jaguars special teams coaching staff, saying that the current regime has not utilized the strengths of punter Bryan Anger. If you’ve been paying attention to Jags news lately, Anger more than likely will not return to Jacksonville next season. Scobee told us that Anger is one of the best punters in the league and it was coaching that made him look bad.
“I still think he’s [Anger] one of the best in the NFL. He’s a top five punter, without a doubt. He just wasn’t utilized the right way here in Jacksonville,” said Scobee.
Scobee compliments #Jaguars punter Bryan Anger. Says he’ll be the highest-paid punter in the NFL. “Mark my words.”
— Amanda Borges (@Amanda1010XL) February 23, 2016
How crazy is that? You have the talent. You have the job. But, if your coach tells you to do something differently, doesn’t take advantage of your strengths, and also doesn’t accept criticism of his own coaching style, then you’ll be set up to fail.
Here’s the moral of the story: Your circumstances determine your success. It seems so backwards, doesn’t it? You can be talented, humble, hardworking, and coachable. But, if your circumstances don’t line up with everything you’re capable of doing, you may find yourself failing.
Luckily for Scobee, he may get another chance. He’s had workouts with Tampa and New Orleans so far. Now, he waits.
Listen to the full interview with Scobee, below.