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Shanahan not sure what Redskins will do with Billy Cundiff

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Billy Cundiff got a reprieve in Week Four when his last field goal went through the uprights and deflected attention away from his three misses earlier in the Redskins’ win over the Buccaneers.

Coach Mike Shanahan was offering no such pardons in the wake of Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Falcons. Cundiff missed a 31-yard field goal late in the second quarter, giving the ball back to the Falcons with enough time for them to drive for a game-tying touchdown with 30 seconds left in the first half.

Cundiff said he “just didn’t hit” the kick and Shanahan said that he was disappointed by a miss in that spot. Was he disappointed enough to consider making a change at kicker this week? Shanahan didn’t commit to any course of action, but he left the prospect of a change on the table this time.

“I’m not sure what we’ll do. I never say anything right after a game,” Shanahan said, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “You let 24 hours go by and collect your thoughts and make decisions on what you think gives you the best chance to win.”

The Redskins fans who booed Cundiff when he returned to the field after halftime would probably like to see the team at least work out other options. With four misses in his last five tries, it’s hard to imagine Cundiff has too much more rope in Washington.

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26 Responses to “Shanahan not sure what Redskins will do with Billy Cundiff”
  1. Maximus Decimus Meridius says: Oct 8, 2012 12:11 PM

    Time to bring back Graham Gano. Should have never cut him in the first place.

  2. Stiller43 says: Oct 8, 2012 12:15 PM

    This guy went off a cliff similar to vanderjagt after his miss in the playoffs in 05.

    …thats a shame.

  3. jmsincla says: Oct 8, 2012 12:16 PM

    Cut him loose, just don’t let Gano come back.

  4. rj88888 says: Oct 8, 2012 12:24 PM

    Just go for the first down. For best chance to score and win.

  5. tjacks7 says: Oct 8, 2012 12:34 PM

    funny how Shaun Suisham seams to be hitting everything in Pittsburgh, a place that’s known to be difficult for kickers, and the Skins couldn’t wait to run him out of town a couple years ago.

  6. uncommon1 says: Oct 8, 2012 12:37 PM

    Longwell is still available

  7. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 8, 2012 12:43 PM

    Tuna got rid of him years ago in Dallas when he started sucking there. Has never been good since that point.

  8. thatswhatsgooood says: Oct 8, 2012 12:46 PM

    I can not believe this guy is still in the league stealing millions of dollars to go out an miss 30 yard field goals, especially when they are absolutely needed. Harbaugh should have fired Cundiff on the spot last year and Shanahan should have fired him immediately after the game yesterday. Sure this guy can hit from 50 yards once a season but so can high school kids. Absolutely terrible kicker.

  9. hoosierdude says: Oct 8, 2012 1:00 PM

    Time for another, “I’ll take my talents elsewhere”?

  10. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 8, 2012 1:01 PM

    redskins are the joke franchise of the NFL

  11. mcqphx says: Oct 8, 2012 1:03 PM

    Cunduff

  12. tincansailor981 says: Oct 8, 2012 1:14 PM

    Keep him. I enjoy the weekly follies.

  13. mpayne12 says: Oct 8, 2012 1:29 PM

    I’m sorry but Gano? are you guys on crack? Have you forgotten how awful he was already? Forget gano. If you want a good kicker that is available how about neil rackers. Geez.

  14. pftcensorssuck says: Oct 8, 2012 1:30 PM

    Wasn’t this the year that the Redskins were supposed to be serious contendors?

  15. thefiesty1 says: Oct 8, 2012 1:30 PM

    There was a reason that Tucker beat him out in Baltimore
    The Skins got what they thought they were getting.

  16. bobonmycob says: Oct 8, 2012 1:33 PM

    Redskins are a joke… basement of the NFC east

  17. baloneyjohn says: Oct 8, 2012 1:33 PM

    Good thing you have a week to week rental agreement. You may need to use the out clause pretty damn soon

  18. weneedlinemen42 says: Oct 8, 2012 1:35 PM

    “Shanahan not sure what Redskins will do with Billy Cundiff”

    I’ve got a suggestion. Get a trebuchet. Stick it at the 40 yard line, then fire Cundiff through the posts. It is possibly the only way he’ll convert from 50-yards.

  19. commonsensedude says: Oct 8, 2012 1:40 PM

    “funny how Shaun Suisham seams to be hitting everything in Pittsburgh, a place that’s known to be difficult for kickers, and the Skins couldn’t wait to run him out of town a couple years ago.”

    That’s the “Law Of The Ex-Redskins.” Well known phenomenon. People who stink in the Snyder-era Redskins often go on to significance or stardom when they leave. See Rogers, Carlos.

  20. londonfletcher59 says: Oct 8, 2012 1:40 PM

    Graham Gano would have, at least, been 10-12, and cheaper than Cundiff. Just sayin’.

    “tjacks7 says:
    Oct 8, 2012 12:34 PM
    funny how Shaun Suisham seams to be hitting everything in Pittsburgh, a place that’s known to be difficult for kickers, and the Skins couldn’t wait to run him out of town a couple years ago.”

    I said the same thing yesterday when Redzone switched over to the Steelers game.

  21. londonfletcher59 says: Oct 8, 2012 1:42 PM

    “mpayne12 says:
    Oct 8, 2012 1:29 PM
    I’m sorry but Gano? are you guys on crack? Have you forgotten how awful he was already? Forget gano. If you want a good kicker that is available how about neil rackers. Geez.”

    He was a hell of a lot better than Cun-wiff is turning out to be, and cheaper.

  22. stealersfannot says: Oct 8, 2012 1:51 PM

    I was shocked that Shanahan brought him in after his release from Baltimore.

    Why?

    All the signs were there that he stunk.

    The AFC championship miss broke this kid’s psyche.

    Even if you chalk that one up to a one-off, coulda-called-timeout, oddity – there was plenty of indication coming from the Ravens camp that this guy was occassionally missing gimmes and couldn’t hit period from beyound 40 yards.

    Heck, maybe there was something in the fact that he lost his job to a rookie!

    Cmon Shanahan!

  23. NakedCowboy! says: Oct 8, 2012 1:54 PM

    what option do they have left besides cutting him…

  24. hor2012 says: Oct 8, 2012 2:50 PM

    I qualify what I’m about to say by telling I’m a Saints fan. Now, Redskins fans know what it takes to win a superbowl. And, I promise you they know that you can’t have fieldgoal kickers missing and costing you games. You just can’t have that. So, they’d better get a kicker in soon before this guy cost the redskins and division title

  25. Always On Slightly Off says: Oct 8, 2012 11:37 PM

    Anybody know where Ray Finkle is these days

  26. mcqphx says: Oct 9, 2012 1:32 AM

    He’s currently in the Miami Dade County Jail for the 1994 murder of Roger Podactor.

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