The LA Rams lost another close game. This time, the Rams came up on the short end of a 24-17 final score to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The LA Rams did many things right in the game. But, the Rams did many things wrong in the game as well.
One area of the Rams game that was glaringly 'wrong' was the disappointing performance of Rams veteran placekicker Brett Maher. Mather was a last-minute signing for the Rams after the team parted ways with both rookie kickers: North Carolina State kicker Christopher Dunn, and Oklahoma State kicker Tanner Brown.
For the record, Maher has not been horrific this season. He has been perfect under 40 yards (7 of 7) and pretty good at 40-49 yards (7 of 9). But he loses accuracy over 50 yards, and the Rams needed him to make field goals of 51 yards, 41 yards, and 51 yards respectively in a Week 7 slugfest against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He made the 41 yard field goal, and missed the other two.
Complicating the matter further is the fact that he also missed his lone extra point attempt in the game. He could have ended the game by putting ten points on the scoreboard. He only scored three points. Ironically, the Rams lost by seven points in the game:
McVay makes pointed comments to kicker
And that was something that LA Rams head coach Sean McVay noticed and commented about:
This was not the first time that the LA Rams had kicker concerns. In 2020, the Rams trialed rookie kicker Sam Sloman with unimpressive results. After a Week 6 loss, McVay noticed and commented on Sloman's shortcomings. In that season, Sloman was just 50 percent over 40 yards (2 of 4) and was just 18 of 21 on extra points. Here is what McVay had to say in 2020:
Sloman was released after Game 7 in 2020.
The career of an NFL placekicker is pretty binary. Make the kicks, and you are good for another week in the NFL. Miss the kicks, and you need to pack a suitcase and prepare to interview with other NFL teams.
I'm not suggesting that the LA Rams need to cut Brett Maher and find another kicker mid season. But it's Deja Vu all over again. And we know what happened the last time McVay publicly stated that his kicker has 'got to improve.'
If I were Brett Maher, I would be getting my luggage out of storage.