When you're statistically one of the best to ever play at your position just a few years into your career and possess a career mark of 87.2 percent on field goal attempts from 40-49 yards, you've probably earned the right to talk yourself up just a little. It also helps when you can convert from 69 yards away too.
"We think about these things really specifically, if you send me out there you have a reason for it -- because they think I can make a kick," Tucker said Thursday during an appearance on NFL Network. "To me it doesn't matter where I just have to hit a good ball. If conditions are prime -- like last season, we opened up in Denver, the weather was warm and the field was nice, you're up in altitude so the ball just carries and in pre-game I hit the cross bar from 85. So if the situation is just prime, maybe 84 and a half yards."
Now this lofty kick, which would be twenty yards longer than the current NFL record, might seem decently possible given Tucker's past performance, but Broncos punter Britton Colquitt heartily disagrees.
"I looked at that and I laughed. Let's start here: Tucker loves Tucker. He loves himself so much, and I take it personally because Morgan Cox is (the Ravens') long-snapper and he was my long snapper at Tennessee. I also take it personally because I'm a holder. If I was a kicker, the last thing I'm going to do when I make a field goal is sprint as far away from my holder and snapper, as he loves to do and just does some kind of dance. That drives me crazy...
"Second of all, you don't get on the air and say, 'I think I kicked an 85-yarder that hit the crossbar.' If you hit an 85-yarder and hit the crossbar, you remember. You don't say, 'I think.' I'm pretty sure I remember him missing about 15 from 60...
"Anyway, Justin, I know you're out there and you're probably doing your opera thing or whatever, looking in the mirror. Everyone knows you're a great kicker, you don't have to tell 'em."
I really didn't know that some of these special team guys could be such divas. Normally this sort of smack talk is reserved for receivers. Even Colquitt's compadre, teammate and kicker Brandon McManus, joined in on the aggressive ribbing of Tucker.
"I will give him an all-expense paid trip if he can do it," Brandon McManus said, according to 9news.com. "I’ll pay for his flight, his hotel, if he wants to come out here and do it. I’ll kick with him, I’ll witness it and I’ll vouch to the world that he can do it.
I'm really not sure where this beef stems from, but perhaps these two Broncos are just a little bitter about this Tucker kick?