Scobee deletes Twitter account as Steelers kicker, coach feel heat
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a chance to kick a field goal in overtime to seal a victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.
Instead, the Steelers opted to go for it facing fourth-and-1 at the Ravens’ 33-yard line.
Steelers kicker Josh Scobee, who missed two field-goal attempts in the second half, watched from the sideline as quarterback Michael Vick unsuccessfully stepped back and threw an incomplete pass in wide receiver Antonio Brown’s direction.
Despite having running back Le’Veon Bell, averaging 5.9 yards a carry, offensive coordinator Todd Haley called a short pass. The incompletion gave the Ravens the ball. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was able to stage a drive to get kicker Justin Tucker in field-goal range.
Tucker, who finished the night 3 of 3, drilled the 52-yard field goal to seal the Ravens’ divisional road win 23-20.
The Steelers led the Ravens 20-7 in the third quarter, but with Pittsburgh’s woeful special teams, an opportunistic John Harbaugh-led team was able to claw its way back to force overtime.
Scobee, acquired from Jacksonville in August after injuries to Shaun Suisham and Garrett Hartley, had two chances to give the Steelers (2-2) some cushion late in the fourth quarter only to pull both kicks wide left.
"It’s pretty frustrating," Scobee said. "I feel like I let the team down. It’s not something I ever want to remember doing. It’s just a bad feeling."
The second miss gave the Ravens (1-3) enough time to put Tucker well within range to force the extra period. It also gave coach Mike Tomlin pause when the Steelers moved into Baltimore territory twice in overtime.
Both times Tomlin opted to go for it with backup quarterback Michael Vick rather than send out Scobee for another long attempt into the unforgiving end of one of the trickiest places to kick in the NFL. Vick, starting in place of injured Ben Roethlisberger, was stopped on fourth-and-2 at the 39 and later overthrew Brown on fourth-and-1 from the 33.
"We lost, so I’m not going to try and justify anything that we did," Tomlin said. "Anything we did, I take responsibility for."
Tomlin said the Steelers "have to turn stones over" in an effort to win games. That might not bode well for Scobee.
"The last two I played them down the middle and they both moved," said Scobee, who is 6 of 10 on the season. "It’s a tough end to kick because it’s a little more open area. It’s something that takes experience."
There was plenty of reaction on Twitter, and Scobee apparently deleted his account, joshscobee10, to avoid it (WARNING! Strong language):
Josh Scobee probably shouldn't check Twitter tonight
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) October 2, 2015
*Josh Scobee logs on to Twitter* https://t.co/jRud5qQHQM
— morales. (@Anthonys_Era) October 2, 2015
When you search josh scobee on Twitter pic.twitter.com/tpVVLrhXWi
— RIP Yogi Berra (@brooklyngohard) October 2, 2015
A reminder that Josh Scobee's Twitter bio is "will kick balls for money."
— Renato Mazariegos (@RPMSports18) September 11, 2015
josh scobee's twitter bio reads like an unemployed kicker which is exactly what he will be tomorrow
— Jake Baskin (@baskincase) September 11, 2015
Lmao Josh Scobee deleted his twitter. He knows. 😂😂😂
— Norg (@nathannorrgran) October 2, 2015
someone start a Twitter account for Josh Scobee so I can send him this https://t.co/nviUY7gj4O
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) October 2, 2015
Footage of Josh Scobee practicing karate in the garage pic.twitter.com/iJKW75Lx5x
— Steve Braband (@stevebraband) October 2, 2015
Mike Tomlin and Josh Scobee in the near future… pic.twitter.com/1JtAuyHcuW
— SpongeBob Sports (@SpongeBobSports) October 2, 2015
If Josh Scobee played soccer… pic.twitter.com/V5RGVPJ7iW
— Football Reactions (@NFLReaction) October 2, 2015
Every time a Josh Scobee field goal attempt is in the air, I think about his future in drywall repair.
— Norman Chad (@NormanChad) October 2, 2015
— Jeopardy! Sports (@JeopardySports) October 2, 2015
Justin Tucker and Josh Scobee get their own DirecTV ad … pic.twitter.com/nFZkpy3Rad
— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) October 2, 2015
No way #Steelers should've lost this game.
— Charlie Batch (@CharlieBatch16) October 2, 2015
That's your 4th down call, Steelers pic.twitter.com/GLiUf0TshD
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 2, 2015
Incomplete. Unreal. The Steelers have failed on two fourth downs in overtime. Gave it to Le'Veon Bell neither time.
— SI NFL (@si_nfl) October 2, 2015
Steelers should just have @AntonioBrown84 kick it. He does everything else well.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) October 2, 2015
Nantz keeps saying the Steelers "are in field goal range." What game is he watching?
— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) October 2, 2015
Let's see if the Steelers offense can drive this into missed field-goal range
— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) October 2, 2015
The Associated Press contributed to this report.