Barth moves on quickly from missed field goal
Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth was definitely disappointed he missed the potential go-ahead 56-yard-field goal with about three minutes left Sunday in a 24-23 loss to the Falcons.
But Barth didn't lose sleep over it.
It's that type of short memory and perspective that has Barth as one of the top kickers in the conference, with an 80-percent success rate this season. And Barth, who made three field goals Sunday, didn't let his one miss linger.
"Heck no," Barth said. "I went out with my girlfriend and my parents and freinds, and had a good time," Barth said. "It's still a game, you've got to have fun. I'm kicking great, I think. I had a great rest of the game. I cna't be mad about one kick. I'm always 100 percent positive. I have full confdience in myself. Nothing changes. Put it behind you. You've got to move on to the next game, and Denver is a fun place to kick, maybe I'll break the NFL record, who knows?"
Barth had been 4-for-6 from 50-yards or longer this season - including a 57-yarder against Washington - before Sunday's 56-yard attempt. Barth said his footing was fine, he just didn't hit it well enough.
"It's great coach has confidence in me," Barth said. "Nine times out of 10, you'll make it. It's a tough kick, pretty cut and dried, it didn't go through. You definitely want to put them through in that time of the game."
-- JOE SMITH