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Ravens likely to bring in competition for Billy Cundiff

New England Patriots cornerback Arrington celebrates as Baltimore Ravens kicker Cundiff and Koch show ther emotions after a last minute missed field goal in Foxborough Reuters

The Ravens’ season ended with dual punches in the gut in the form of a dropped pass by Lee Evans and a missed field goal by Billy Cundiff.

Evans is gone from the team and Cundiff might not make it to Week One as the team’s kicker. John Harbaugh, speaking at the NFL owners meetings, said that the team is going to look for other kickers to compete with Cundiff over the summer.

“Yeah, we’ll probably bring the best group of players to camp that we can,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. “If we can get a kicker that is capable of competing with Billy, we’ll do it. Do you have to draft a guy? Is there a free agent? Is there a guy that will be on the street? That’s kind of hard to determine. We want competition for pretty much every position. I say that so I’m not ruling anything out, but Billy is our kicker. And I would anticipate Billy will be our kicker for the opening game of the season. I think he’ll have a great preseason. I think he’ll have a great season next year, but everybody gets competition and he’s no exception.”

Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal — and missed it badly — with 11 seconds to play in the 23-20 AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots. After the game there was much discussion about Cundiff’s readiness to take the kick as well as Harbaugh’s decision not to call his final timeout when his team looked like they were rushing more than you might like before a kick of such importance.

Even without that miss, it would be a good idea for the Ravens to bring in competition for Cundiff, though. He missed 10 field goals last season, all of them on the road, and it would be foolish not to at least take a look at what else is out there before signing up for another year with Cundiff.

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  1. flaccodelic says: Mar 27, 2012 4:06 PM

    FGs are not the only reason you stick with a kicker, though. Cundiff choked on a key one, no doubt, but he also helped the team out with an insane amount of touchbacks, even by “new rules” standards. That probably saved the team a couple return touchdowns outright and who knows how many instances of great field position that would have turned into scoring opportunities for the opposition. For several years the team carried two kickers because Stover was so accurate, but couldn’t get the ball down field for a touchback to save his life. Hard to quantify, but the Ravens special teams were a weakness last year, and would have been worse if not for Cundiff’s strong leg.

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 27, 2012 4:11 PM

    Spekaing to his agent, Cundiff became furious at the news that he’ll have to compete for his job and threw his cell phone at a nearby wall, missing wide to the right.

  3. NakedCowboy! says: Mar 27, 2012 4:19 PM

    big cundiff fan! dude is clutch!

    Sincerely
    Pats fan

  4. themage78 says: Mar 27, 2012 4:22 PM

    Sure Blame Cundiff for the failed 4th down on the drive before which would’ve given you a tie anyways. He could’ve made that FG with less pressure, and the one he missed would’ve been for the game instead, not just a chance for OT.

    HArbaugh was stupid for going on 4th down cause it was a very long 4th compared to maybe a 40-45 yard FG.

  5. jimiinpa says: Mar 27, 2012 4:22 PM

    it happens , all kickers miss sometimes. shane graham will probally be the only competition he will have to face , the rest out there are worse than cundiff

  6. Deb says: Mar 27, 2012 4:25 PM

    I agree the Ravens should shop around, not just because of the last miss but because Cundiff’s numbers were down all season from the previous year and he missed the kick because he wasn’t paying attention to the action. But I hope they’ve also gotten rid of that kicking coach/consultant who was blathering in Harbaugh’s ear during a crucial moment in that game. You don’t ever question a coach’s judgment during a game like that. He’s lucky the only thing Harbaugh did was shove him out of the way. The other Harbaugh brother probably would have decked him.

  7. edgarcaetano says: Mar 27, 2012 4:42 PM

    @flaccodelic

    i agree with you, in part, about Cundiff’s touchbacks… but consider that with the new rules even my granddad can kick a touchback… so why not bring a more accurate and reliable kicker?

  8. pftard says: Mar 27, 2012 4:48 PM

    This comes up every year in Baltimore about some position.., this year it’s Kicker. Harbaugh is right about pushing competition at every position. I think only Ray Lewis comes to camp w/ complete job security each year. This year.., Flacco will have that same security, but all the ‘starters’.., even Ray Rice will have competition pushing at every spot.

    This is how consistently strong teams are built.

  9. edgarallan926 says: Mar 27, 2012 4:49 PM

    themage78 says:
    Mar 27, 2012 4:22 PM
    Sure Blame Cundiff for the failed 4th down on the drive before which would’ve given you a tie anyways. He could’ve made that FG with less pressure, and the one he missed would’ve been for the game instead, not just a chance for OT.

    HArbaugh was stupid for going on 4th down cause it was a very long 4th compared to maybe a 40-45 yard FG.

    _____________________________

    Kick was at least 50 yards and obviously on the road, Cundiff hadn’t made a 50 yarder on the road all year and was 1-6 overall. Don’t mind going for it on 4th down as much as I do him not calling a TO when they were in clear disarray

  10. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 27, 2012 5:22 PM

    Now they just need to bring in some competition for Flacco.

  11. deathtoromo says: Mar 27, 2012 6:14 PM

    They need competition for Harbaugh. How that clown got a head coaching gig is beyond many but gives hope to idiots everywhere. Can’t rely on Lewis to be the defacto leader of that team much longer.

  12. modellforprez says: Mar 27, 2012 7:06 PM

    I could never in my life explain how good it felt to hear those 3 beautiful words early that Sunday evenig. HE MISSED IT. pure shock coupled with harbaugh gaffe as much as I hate marsha brady and the pattys I hate purple pigeons that much more. oh and I didn’t forget we got tebonned but hey ya can’t make it to all the super bowls. we got the best of palmer “thanks kimo voh” the great peyton,plummer,hasselbeck. rivers,flacco,warner.sanchez and flacco again. losing only to brady,rogers and tebow.

  13. randallflagg52 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:51 PM

    Does this surprise anyone? Regardless of if he made that kick, Cundiff could use a little fire under him. He has a very down year compared to last season. No matter, the Ravens have the best front office in football (Ozzie is God and De Costa is Tebow) I’m pretty sure they’ll land on their feet.

  14. camocav213 says: Mar 31, 2012 1:45 PM

    GOOD FOR THEM.I HOPE THEY GET A KICKER THAT CAN KICK THE BALL THROUGH THE POLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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