Boswell Putting Rough 2018 Behind Him

Steelers kicker looking to bounce back after missing 12 kicks a year ago

Josh Rowntree
May 28, 2019 - 1:11 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Chris Boswell is ready to turn the page. 

The 2018 season was a disastrous one in which Boswell, one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers the previous season, made only 65 percent of his kicks.

“Still being here is a blessing,” he said following Tuesday’s OTA. :Just being in this sport, this industry, is a blessing in general. As long as they’ll have me here, I’m just going to keep kicking and swinging.”

Just a few months ago, it was in question if Boswell would be back. Known for his ability to make clutch kicks, Boswell missed seven field goals and five extra points. Four Steelers losses were potentially altered by his misses. 

“I’m going to stick to what I did, going into my fourth year here,” he said. “It didn’t work last year, but I’m not just going to scratch everything.

“Everything’s on the way up.”

Injury was apparently an issue. Boswell did not kick in the final game of the season after a strong performance in Pittsburgh’s Week 16 loss in New Orleans. 

“I’m not going to talk about injuries,” he said. “It’s nothing to even mention or be brought up. I’m out there to do a job and I didn’t do that job to the best of my abilities. That’s all it comes down to.”

Now the question regarding Boswell is if his issues were strictly mechanical, or if a mental role played a role. 

“I’m not going to go into details,” he said. “That’s not something that’s ever going to be shared. I had some long meetings with a lot of people, getting to the bottom of everything. 

“Me confidence is good. I’m hitting the ball really well and I’m going to continue to do that.”

Before last season, Boswell signed an extension through the 2022 season. His cap his for this year will be $4.2 million. But competition could be there for him. The Steelers cut kicker Matt McCrane, who kicked in Week 17. On the OTA roster is rookie Matthew Wright. 

“Everybody’s got to convince them,” Boswell said. We’re here, we’re day-to-day, week-to-week, game-to-game. No one is locked in.

“We’ve always had somebody and I just approach it the same way. No matter who is out here, it’s me versus me. It’s not me versus anybody. As long as I can conquer that, I should be good.”

Boswell was not the only special teamer to draw criticism last year. Punter Jordan Berry was among the NFL’s worst, statistically. And special teams coach Danny Smith also was the center of critiques. 

“Danny’s not the one out there kicking, punting and tackling,” Boswell said. “He can only do so much and he does a hell of a job with what he does. It just comes down to us playing on the field. 

“Danny taking a lot of heat is not personally okay with me because I should take all that heat without him talking about what he’s doing wrong to me or Jordan (Berry) or tackling. We’re all one group and we have to stay one group. Danny’s not out on the field tackling and doing all this stuff.”

Boswell is looking forward. Despite the one down here, he is a career 85.2 percent kicker. 

“It’s just the next kick,’ he said. “I know I’ve got to be better than last year, but I’m not even paying attention to last year. I’m focused on my next kick, I’m focused on next Tuesday, which is my next team period. Just kind of going day-by-day, kick-by-kick.”

Hear all of what Chris Boswell had to say below.