Houser’s Debut Critical for Playoffs

New Ravens long snapper Kevin Houser was pressured by the Bengals, but held up.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Ryan Mink, Week 17 vs Bengals, Wild Card at Chiefs

The Bengals put the heat on Kevin Houser, but the Ravens’ freshly-signed long snapper held up.
 
The 11-year veteran who stepped in for Morgan Cox this past week, snapped for seven punts and two field goal attempts in his Baltimore debut.
 
There were no serious flubs, which always spells a successful day for a long snapper.
 
“[Houser] did a good job,” Harbaugh said. “And he did a good job with the protections. They were coming after him.”
 
Cincinnati put single-coverage on Baltimore’s gunners in order to put more rush on Houser up the middle. They got close to punter Sam Koch in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a 28-yard boot.
 
“They got us on one little twist in there where they got pressure,” Harbaugh said. “Maybe he could have done a little better with that [and] maybe could have gotten a little more help.”
 
Houser’s snaps were all on target, which also helped kicker Billy Cundiff hit 25 and 47-yard field goals.
 
Cundiff said it was important for the special teams unit and Houser to get live reps before entering the playoffs, where every kick and snap is magnified. He said “it went well.”
 
“Everything was OK,” Houser told the National Football Post. “I don’t think anybody thought it would be perfect the first time around. There’s some things we need to work on.”

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