First of all, the Jets are not happy with Nick Folk. All of the nerves that he brings to Jets fans, are the same nerves that he gives the Jets brass. The team is looking for someone else.
No I am not in the room. We can infer this by the Jets actions. As it has been reported, approximately 10 minutes after Josh Brown was released, the Jets put in a phone call to his agent. Ten minutes.
If the Jets were happy with the guy they currently have in the position, would they have made a move that quickly? No way.
Now, let’s talk about the most important trait you want in a field goal kicker. That trait is consistency. You need your guy kicking the field goals to be consistent, and not make you nervous.
Nick Folk’s career has not reflected that consistency. After seasons of 83% and 90% field goal percentages, he fell off the course, with seasons of 64% and then 76% for two years with the Jets. Not the numbers of a guy that makes you feel confident coming in for important field goal attempts.
In contrast, Josh Brown has been quite consistent. A career 80% field goal kicker, he went from 2006-2010 not kicking for less than 79%. Include 2011, and for the entire stretch he never kicked under 75%.
That is the mark of consistency.