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Tampa Bay Bucs give the boot to wayward placekicker Kyle Brindza

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The Kyle Brindza era for the Tampa Bay Bucs lasted two games.

The wayward kicker was released Monday. In the last two weeks, Brindza had missed five field goals and two extra points for Tampa Bay.

The Bucs had traded for the rights to Brindza during the preseason, sending tight end Tim Wright to the Detroit Lions for his rights. Brindza showed plenty of leg – he hit a 58-yarder against Houston – but his accuracy was sketchy. In all, he made only six of 12 kicks.

Bucs’ coach Lovie Smith said he did not regret giving Brindza another chance after his performance against Houston.

“Absolutely not, he deserved another shot,” Smith said. “I don’t think you move on from a player based on one performance. But when you see it becoming a trend, going a certain way, then you have to react to it and that was the case.

“Kyle has a strong leg, but in our league points are valuable. You can’t miss five out of seven field goals (the last two weeks) , two extra points, whatever it was. We just can’t afford to be in that position anymore, so I feel like we saw something we didn’t like two weeks ago and yesterday’s game told us the direction we needed to go.”

Tampa Bay has not named another kicker, but former Buc Connor Barth was with the team late in the preseason.

Kickers across the league are struggling with the new extra point distance. Pittsburgh has already replaced its kicker, and Philadelphia, Jacksonville and the Saints have struggled.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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