If you blow the type of kick Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff did, fans are going to be calling for your job.
That’s just the nature of the NFL. It comes with the territory.
While a large portion of Ravens’ fans are hoping the team parts ways with Cundiff after he pulled a potential game-tying 32-yard field goal wide left with just seconds remaining in the AFC Championship Game in New England, the team has no plans of getting rid of the the 2010 All-Pro.
Cundiff will in fact be with the Ravens when training camp gets underway in late July, and general manger Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh are intrigued to see how he responds to the historical miss.
“I know people fail in this business and I know that they have success,” Newsome said, via MASNSports.com.“The only way you’re going to be able to continue to have success is to be able to deal with your failures.”
One of the main reasons why the Ravens have been able to be one of the NFL’s most stable franchises is because they aren’t impulsive. It would’ve been easy for the Ravens’ brain trust to make Cundiff the scapegoat following his miss or even waive the eight-year veteran after his failed attempt to connect on a chip shot field-goal.
But, they acted logically, and while it’s more likely than not the Ravens will bring in a kicker to compete with Cundiff, they’ll give No. 7 a chance a second chance to make up for his mistake.
The miss in New England was the icing on the cake for what was a topsy-turvy 2011 campaign for Cundiff. He was a dismal 28-of-37 (75.7 percent) in the regular season, and hit on just one of six attempts from 50-yards plus.
Heading into next season, Cundiff’s main focus will need to be putting this vital postseason miss behind him and finding that past success that made him an one of the league’s best kickers.