We were all ready to kick Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos to the curb when he missed two field goals in his first two weeks. In the last three games, however, Santos is 6-for-6. Things are headed in the right direction.
So, what helped Santos get his mind right so he could right the ship? Talking to other veteran kickers, such as Robbie Gould, who once played under Dave Toub in Chicago.
"I talked to Robbie Gould," Santos said (via quotes from the Chiefs). "He called me out of nowhere and was really nice. He's a great guy and just shared his experiences of his rookie year. I talked to my friend Caleb Sturgis. He's young; he went through that last year. Steve Gostkowski, guys that we've played against. I try to pick their brain a little bit just to understand what they think about. At the end of the day, you've just got to trust your swing and kick with confidence."
Kicking seems as mental as it is physical. So, whatever works, right?