Cundiff Trying To Move On From Miss

The day after missing the 32-yard field goal, kicker Billy Cundiff finds perspective.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Billy Cundiff said it’s tough to find perspective after missing a game-tying field goal Sunday night.

But the Ravens’ kicker woke up to his two small children on Monday morning. His daughter was excited to go back home to Phoenix. His son was happy just as long as his father got him some breakfast.

Those reminders of family and faith are helping Cundiff cope with the 32-yard kick that sliced wide left and kept the Ravens from a chance at overtime in the AFC championship.

“It’s tough to disappoint your teammates, it’s tough to go out there and fail. But at the same time, I have had a lot of success. I feel like I am going to continue to have success,” Cundiff said.

“There are a lot of people that I think, at first, thought they were going to talk me off the ledge. I think to have that mentality towards me, they obviously don’t understand.”

Cundiff signed a reported five-year contract this past offseason after having a Pro-Bowl season.

His field-goal percentage dropped from 89.7 to 75.7. Cundiff was 1-of-6 from over 50 yards. He went 13-for-22 on the road, including in the playoffs.

Cundiff hit 20 and 39-yard field goals in New England before his 32-yard miss. He had made five straight kicks since returning from his calf injury.

“It was my first kick that I have missed in the fourth quarter all year, and it was probably the biggest one,” Cundiff said. “If this situation would happen again, I feel like I would be able to go out there and put it through.

“Obviously, these kind of situations, they don’t define a person. It’s a response, in my opinion, that defines somebody. So, I can either go ahead and roll over, or I can pick myself back up knowing that it’s going to sting, but I am going to get back to work and prepare for next year.”

Cundiff pointed to San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers as an example of how a kicker can bounce back. Akers missed 41 and 34-yard field goals in the playoffs last year while with Philadelphia and had his franchise tag rescinded. They drafted a rookie kicker, Alex Henry, and Akers was a free agent.

Akers signed with the San Francisco 49ers and set records for most field goals attempted (52) and made (44) in a single season.

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs doesn’t want to see his kicker go elsewhere.

“You think he wanted to miss it?” Suggs said.  “You learn more in failure than you ever do in success. I think it’s all going to build for Billy. I think he’s going to be a phenomenal kicker for years to come. I just hope I don’t have to face him in the future and he’s probably going to kick me out of the playoffs, send me home.

“We love everybody in this locker room. I think he’s going to be alright.”

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