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Landon Donovan volunteers to kick for Steelers after Josh Scobee meltdown


The Pittsburgh Steelers probably have no other choice but attempt to rectify the team’s woeful situation at the kicker position after Josh Scobee missed two fourth-quarter field goal attempts in a 23-20 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It appears that will be the case as reports indicate the team will hold kicker tryouts, beginning with former Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath.

Odds are good the Steelers will bring in other kickers as well, but at least one person thinks the team should think outside the (penalty) box and enlist the services of someone who knows a thing or two about kicking:

Landon Donovan.

The U.S. men’s soccer legend responded to a tweet in which his name was tossed out as a potential replacement for Scobee.

Granted, Donovan’s offer to volunteer was done in jest. But given how horribly Scobee has been this season — he’s gone 3-for-7 from 40 to 49 yards this season — even a former soccer superstar arguably would be an upgrade.

Scobee, meanwhile, hopes he gets a crack at redeeming himself after his nightmarish performance Thursday night.

“Oh yeah, absolutely,” Scobee said. “I wanted to redeem myself, but I didn’t get it. I understand it. I just have to move on.”

The problem for Scobee is that the Steelers might be feeling it’s time for them to “move on” as well.