Randy Bullock is back to work this week after what he calls a "frustrating" performance on Sunday.
Bullock, who missed three field goals against Tennessee, earned a game ball just one week earlier his 41-yarder for a victory in San Diego as time expired. In Sunday's 30-24 win over the the Titans, Bullock missed a 46-yard field goal at the end of regulation, sending the game into overtime. He also missed two 50-yard attempts in the first half.
"I don't think I have ever had a game like this," Bullock said. "It was frustrating, but at this point all I can do is move forward and come back for more work this week."
The 23-year old kicker, nicknamed "Iron Boot" for his leg strength, has since received encouragement from within the organization. Bullock told head coach Gary Kubiak that chairman and CEO Bob McNair talked to him after the game, offering support. According to Kubiak, a kicker needs to know that his team has confidence in him.
"You watch your locker room as a coach and I know our guys respect Randy," Kubiak said. "He's a worker. He's not some guy who comes in here and kicks his few balls and calls it a day. He works really hard at what he does and he's young. We're going young with him and we're going to stand behind him. Like I said, he's got a job to do. He's responsible for his job. But we're going to give him a lot of help. His teammates are going to support him. I'm going to support him and we've got to get him going in the right direction here."
Bullock , who is one-for-five on field goal attempts, has eight touchbacks on nine kickoffs and six extra points this season. Three-of-four missed attempts were from 50 yards or greater.
"I'm sure he'd be much happier if he got to kick some 30- and 35-yarders," Kubiak said Monday. "We take that into consideration. But he's got to make that kick to end the game yesterday. That's his job. But there are three people involved in that: the snap, the hold and the kick. And we've all got to take responsibility and get better and they will. We've got confidence in Randy. We'll see if we can get him a little bit closer. But we expect him to step up and be strong here and work through this and do a good job for us."