Cundiff’s Misses Came In ‘Worst Situation’

John Harbaugh said Billy Cundiff will get his two missed FGs inside the 50 ‘worked out.’

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, December 4th, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Ryan Mink, Week 13 vs Browns

Kicker Billy Cundiff possibly had it the worst in rainy, blustery Cleveland.

Cundiff lined up for three field goals and missed two of them.

He was wide right from 34 yards, then from 41 yards on back-to-back Ravens drives, keeping the score closer than it could have been before halftime.

After the game, Head Coach John Harbaugh said the weather conditions were the culprit.

“It was the worst possible situation,” said Harbaugh, a longtime special teams coach. “What you had was really bad footing, you had a cross wind from that corner in the ‘Dawg Pound.’”

Last year’s AFC Pro Bowl kicker has now missed eight field goals this season after misfiring on just three last year. He is 26-for-34 for a 76.5 success rate after having an 89.7 success rate last year.

Five of Cundiff’s misses this season have come from over 50 yards. But entering the game, he had not misfired from inside 40 yards (9-for-9) and had only missed once this year from inside 50 yards.

Harbaugh said he wishes they would have put Cundiff on the left hash because the wind was blowing the ball from left to right. Kicking twice from the right hash, Cundiff was wide right on both attempts. The first hit the flag at the top of the uprights.

Cundiff banged in a 21-yard attempt at the end of the first half to give the Ravens a 10-0 lead, and even that kick wasn’t smooth. The line-drive almost went wide left because Cundiff overcompensated, according to Harbaugh.

Cundiff also had trouble on an extra point, which bounced off the left upright before going through. He had missed only one extra point before in his career.

“That was how much trouble he was having getting his plant foot down enough to get the ball where he wanted,” Harbaugh said.

The Ravens opted not to attempt what would have been a 43-yarder on their first drive of the game, which ended up not panning out when running back Ray Rice was stuffed.

They decided to punt instead of attempt a 49-yard attempt in the fourth quarter following Cundiff’s two misses. Harbaugh said they knew they weren’t going to be able to attempt deep kicks in Cleveland.

Afterwards, the head coach expressed confidence in his kicker.

“I think you’ve got to trust him,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a pro. He knows what he’s doing. He’ll get it worked out. We’ve got plenty of coaches who put their two cents in, but I think everybody kind of stayed away from him and let him figure it out.”

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