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.