If This Clip Of His Teammate Taunting Him To His Face Is Any Indication, Robert Aguayo Never Had A Chance
And let that be a lesson to any organization that - for some reason - still thinks it's a justifiable decision to address a need at placekicker with a second round pick. Never mind that it's absurdly irresponsible asset management when that position can be just as adequately filled outside of the draft, because the unspoken truth is that selecting a kicker that early basically dooms his career before it even begins. We can laugh at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for placing a laughably high value on Robert Aguayo, but let's fall back on laughing at Robert Aguayo who only lost his job after being put in a no-win position.
Every single player that was making less money than the guy that was tasked solely with kicking a couple balls every practice (and make no mistake, there were a lot of them) was already inclined to talk shit to the dude that undeservedly went ahead of them. You think Chris Baker was the first teammate to intentionally tap dance on a brain that was made fragile by the inherent pressure that comes with being selected on Day 2 of the draft as someone that plays a position that almost immediately makes them an outcast? Hell no. The Bucs' coaches were probably encouraging that type of behavior to simulate the tensions of an actual NFL game.
Robert Aguayo was probably too damn high strung the second he lined up on the first day of his rookie training camp with expectations that were literally impossible to meet. With what their team invested in him, Tampa Bay players and fans wouldn't have been happy unless he somehow kicked field goals that counted for 5 points. Of course that burden weighed on the guy that likely became the target of direct taunts and blatant disrespect from pissed off players as soon as their hard work went for naught. Robert Aguayo might not be cut out for the NFL, but the Buccaneers certainly didn't help his chances when they had a spotlight shining in his eyes before he even got a chance to introduce himself to his holder. Simply out, you might go a little wide left too if you had the aggravations of an entire organization intimidatingly chirping over your right shoulder.