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Kansas City Chiefs Player Profile: Ryan Succop

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The NFL regular season is right around the corner and with that, KC Kingdom is providing you with a player profile up until week one kick off. Today’s featured player is kicker Ryan Succop.

How did Ryan Succop end up as a Kansas City Chief? 

Ryan Succop kicked at South Carolina for four seasons before entering the draft in 2009. He was selected by the Chiefs with the final pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, deeming him that year’s Mr. Irrevelant. Succop might have been given that nickname after the draft, but he hasn’t been irrelevant for Kansas City during his five year career.

Fun fact: Succop is the only player remaining from the Chiefs’ 2009 draft class who is still in Kansas City.

2013 stats

Succop went 22 of 28 on field goal attempts and converted all of his extra point attempts. The missed kick that stands out in most Chiefs’ fans minds was when he missed a 41-yard field goal, which would have given Kansas City’s back-ups a win against San Diego (and kept the Chargers out of the playoffs).

Obviously there was some controversy with the ball not being placed where it should have been (thanks referees), but still… It’s a tough pill to swallow.

Succop also took to punting duties in the game against the Giants early on in the season when Dustin Colquitt was injured. His lone punt went for 29 yards.

Overall

I think I’m in the minority here, but I’m still not sold on Ryan Succop as the Chiefs’ “franchise kicker”. Yes, I get that kickers are going to miss occasionally, but I never feel confident when Succop goes out to get three points for the Chiefs.

Kansas City signed Tulane kicker Cairo Santos during free agency this year, and I’m pretty excited about that. Santos didn’t miss a single field goal attempt in 2012 and went 26 for 27 on point after attempts (his only miss was blocked). He also made a Tulane school record attempt of 57 yards. I think this kid will be great competition for Succop and should give him a run for his money.

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  • Chuck Burrell

    I also think we should improve the kicker position. It has nothing to do with succops consistency. It’s all about leg strength for me. In my mind, the chiefs had a chance before each half of the playoff loss to Indy to get an extra 3 points on the board. 59 yarder at the end of the first half and a 61 yarder at the end of the game. Reid didn’t even pretend to be interested in trying for those long shots because he knew succop doesn’t have the leg. In no way am I blaming the loss on succops lack of leg strength. But I do believe a different kicker could have won us the game.

    • Joel Wagler

      Very fair point, Chuck. Succop isn’t really exceptional in any way. Easily replaced (in theory), probably cheaper.

  • PussyCATDaddy

    Only two kickers in the NFL made a field goal at 59 yards or greater last season. If your complaint is that Succup’s leg is not strong enough for a kick of that length, then you have a problem with most NFL kickers.

    • Guest

      That’s not what I was saying at all. I just feel Succop is inconsistent and have never felt confident in his abilities. Just my personal opinion.

    • Cam Davis

      My problem is Succop is 27th in the league beyond 50yds. He also is inconsistent on kickoffs, AND he cost us a victory in San Diego. He won’t be the kicker in September, Toub doesn’t want him.

  • John Viril

    Hey…as a Tulane Alum, I’d like to see Santos win the job

    • Leigh Oleszczak

      I’m not a Tulane alum and I’d like to see Santos win the job. Succop has never impressed me much.