Mike Tomlin is the symbol of consistency for the Steelers over the last 15 years. That consistency dates back to 2007 when the young head coach took the league by storm. Most players from the Steelers’ playoff runs in the 2010s are no longer on the team. You have one key holdover in Cam Hewyard, who experienced those electric runs. But when Ben Roethlisberger retired following the 2021 season, that shut the door on a lengthy era. However, there is still one constant from the team, and the last of Killer B’s, still hanging around. Kicker Chris Boswell joined the Steelers in 2015, and it has been a joyful ride ever since.
Over his career, Boswell has earned a reputation as one of the league’s best kickers. But in 2022, he had a down season, posting a career-low 71.4 field goal percentage. It’s not what he wanted, but much of it can be chalked up to a groin injury he suffered last October.
That brings the Steelers to 2023. B.T. Potter came in during training camp and at least let Boswell know that he had to prove that the yips were related to the injury and not a decline in play. In training camp, Boswell easily won the job. However, his start to 2023 is not just good; it’s scorching.
In a year where the offense is allergic to scoring, anytime they get into field goal range, it remains essential. The leg of Boswell is how the Steelers have decided to score their points this year. Which, well, is okay, I guess. But Boswell has cashed in every time so far this season. Boswell has returned to form after a shaky end to last year following an injury. It can not be overlooked, given the play of this offense, but Boswell continues to build an excellent career in Pittsburgh as a trusted option in the kicking game.
Boswell is a perfect ten for ten so far this season. He is a money three for three from over 50 yards. Seven of those ten field goals have come from forty yards out and longer. It’s just routine for Boswell. Boswell is on pace for one of the best seasons of his career at 32 years old. The more things change, the more they remain the same. Boswell is still kicking it at a high-level.