Bucs kicker Matt Bryant talks tough in radio interview
Bucs kicker Matt Bryant, during an interview this morning on radio station 97X in Tampa Bay, made critical remarks of fellow kicker Mike Nugent and suggested coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik have been less than truthful.
Asked whether he is getting along with Nugent, his competitor for the kicking job, Bryant said, "We pretty much go about our business. . . It's not like we're shutting the door on somebody's foot. But the other day, it dawned on me. He made some comment a while back when he was aksed why he would sign here, and he said he thought this was the best opportunity for him.
"Did they tell him something to make him think this was the best opportunity? Or did he look at a number of teams and single me out? If he singled me out, then he's out of his damn mind. If I would have been 100 percent healthy, like we do back home, you take somebody out behind the woodshed and kick their butt. But that hasn't been the case, so you go on with your business."
Bryant said he still didn't know whether he would kick in Friday's preseason finale against Houston, though his hamstring injury is "close" to being healed.
Morris said earlier this week that he had met with Bryant and encouraged him to try to kick in the game. It came off as something of an ultimatum, but Bryant wanted to point out that Dominik was in the meeting, too.
"I noticed that Raheem got a lot of flack from that newspaper article," Bryant said. "I can tell you he wasn't the only one in the room."
Bryant also suggested Nugent may not be the best option even if Bryant isn't able to perform, calling into question his preseason performance.
"It's not necessarily going to be Nugent," he said. "You've seen the preseason? Even though that could be your next $2.5 million kicker. There's different things that could happen. They could very well go with him or they could give me a little more time to get a little stronger. They could go with somebody from another team. There's so many different options.''