Carpenter doesn’t fault HC Rex Ryan for having kicker concerns

Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter (2) watches his field goal against the New England Patriots in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. Holding is Bills punter Brian Moorman. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — As the Buffalo Bills wrapped up their preseason, Buffalo’s kicker Dan Carpenter missed yet another field goal. That sparked the ire of Head Coach Rex Ryan.

In a post-game press conference, Ryan — who has a specific distaste for losing games — lambasted the kicking situation, and called for anybody who can kick a ball to try out for the job. Carpenter didn’t defend himself, he just said he’s going to do what he can to improve.

“Yeah I mean, if you have a kicker that goes three for six in the preseason, you should be concerned as a coach,” Carpenter said. “That’s their job, and so obviously I need to do better. I know that, he knows that, everyone else in this building expects me to do better.”

Carpenter realizes his job could be in jeopardy, but Rex reeled in his frustration in a press conference on Friday.

“We will definitely look at anything that we think can help our team, and that’s at any position,” Ryan said of the search for a kicker. “That’s kicker, that’s any spot and that’s every single one.”

Only a year ago, Carpenter — who only missed four of his 38 kicks in 2014 and three of his 36 kicks in 2013 — looked to be a prolific kicker who could break Buffalo Bills team records. Ryan said he hoped the kicker position would have been buttoned up.

“You know I’m concerned, and I’ll tell you the reason I’m concerned about it is going into the year, I thought we had everything nailed there. I thought that, ‘Hey look, we got a kickoff guy, we got a kicker, we got a punter, we got a long snapper,'” Ryan said. “But to say that I’m just gonna’ turn a blind eye to the fact that we missed four kicks, that’s not me.”

Ryan suggested he is certainly looking for a new kicker, but as of now, Carpenter still has a job. He’s going to take the time he has moving forward to eliminate any issues, he said.

“I mean obviously I’m doing what I can to figure out what’s wrong, if there is something wrong,” Carpenter said. “There can be over-analyzing at times, so there’s not a whole lot I can do, except move on and get better in the days to come and go from there.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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