CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 13: Place kicker Josh Brown #3 and punter Donnie Jones #5 of the St. Louis Rams celebrate after Brown hit a field goal during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Losing takes a heavy toll. Nobody knows that quite as well as St. Louis Rams fans. The team's former kicker Josh Brown said all the losing exacted a heavy price on him too. In an interview with the Newark Star-Ledger Brown dished on his struggles with the Rams.
"The way that the Rams have been in the last couple of years, it's been very hard to get past the losing," Brown said. "You try your hardest not to let that affect your personal performance, but it was so difficult and such a letdown last year, with such high expectations coming off a great preseason. ... To me that was dead weight. You carried the pressure around, I think everybody did. It weighed you down, and it wasn't fun, and it affects every aspect of your life. Everything kind of just went sour, and it was time for a change."
Brown also revealed that the Rams called him immediately after picking his replacement Billy Zuerlein with the first pick of the sixth round.
He will now compete with Nick Folk to be the Jets' starting kicker this year. Even if he does not make the cut in New Jersey, I would still expect him to wind up with a team somewhere after the final round of cuts are made. Injuries and shaky kicking situations usually reveal themselves during the preseason and early weeks of the year.