Succop brings higher level of security

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –- Cairo Santos did more to win the Kansas City Chiefs' kicking job than Ryan Succop did to lose it.

Succop hit on all three of his preseason field goal attempts and got the Chiefs touchbacks on five if his eight kickoffs.

Succop was costlier, however, and will turn 28 this month, so Kansas City went with Santos.

The Tennessee Titans decided they are safer with Succop as their kicker than with undrafted rookie Travis Coons

Titans assistant special teams coach Steve Hoffman was special teams coach in Kansas City when the Chiefs spent a seventh-round pick on Succop out of South Carolina in 2009.

Hoffman helped develop Succup then and clearly prefers him now to his latest project.

The Titans aren’t good enough to play it risky at kicker. I imagine they will be in several games decided by a field goal or less.

Succup has been there and done it. He should give them an increased degree of confidence.