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Was Cundiff not paying attention before kick?

Posted on: January 23, 2012 3:04 pm
 
B. Cundiff missed a 32-yard FG to tie New England.By Josh Katzowitz

There’s been a mini-controversy brewing over why Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn’t call time out in the final seconds of regulation Sunday, just before kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal that would have tied the Patriots and sent the game to overtime.

As my CBSSports.com colleague Ryan Wilson wrote, Harbaugh said it never occurred to him to call timeout and that Cundiff said, "It's a kick I've kicked probably a thousand times out there … I didn't convert and that's the way things go. There's really no excuse for it."

Well, there might be an excuse after all, though it’s not coming from Cundiff and it places all the blame on him. According to TMZ, Cundiff, while practicing kicks on the sideline, was unaware of the Ravens field position and coaches were “furious” that Cundiff wasn’t ready to kick.

That could explain why you saw Cundiff sprint from mid-field to the 22-yard line with time running out on the playclock, and that could be why Cundiff so badly missed wide left on the game-tying field goal.

According to TMZ, “coaches repeatedly called for Cundiff -- at least 6 times -- to no avail -- he wasn't responding.  … Our sources say players and coaches are saying Cundiff was distracted ... not paying attention and not ready to immediately execute a kick.”

Maybe Harbaugh was furious at his kicker (just like the other dozens of times coaches are furious at their players during a game), but in the aftermath, he also was reassuring. "I just told [Cundiff] it's going to be okay," he said. "Everybody has a bad day ... Billy's going to be fine."


The Patriots beat the Ravens 23-20 in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday after Baltimore's Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field-goal attempt with 11 seconds remaining that would have tied the score. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms recap all the action. 


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Obsorn
Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:07 pm
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Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:42 pm
 

Was Cundiff not paying attention before kick?

There you have it. This is on the lazy retarded coaches of the Ravens. How do you not get his attention after the 2nd try? 6 tries later and he finally responds? That can't happen in the NFL. The Baltimore organization should be embarresed with what happened. 



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:21 pm
 

Was Cundiff not paying attention before kick?

Sounds like Harbaugh wasn't paying attention, either.  You see your kicker run onto the field late to kick a game-tying field goal and you don't think to call time out?  Was he saving it for the 2012 opener? 

And coaches "called to Cundiff at least 6 times"?  Um, what happened to actually moving your feet and going to grab the guy?  The story says he was practicing kicks on the sideline.  What was the special teams coach doing?  Watching him?

Cundiff failed on the kick, but there was a coaching staff breakdown here.



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:35 pm
 

Was Cundiff not paying attention before kick?

What are you, four? Spaces, dipshit.



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:27 pm
 

Was Cundiff not paying attention before kick?

come on,man!!laces out!!lee evans was supposed to catch that ball anyway.it never should of came down to a kick.flacco made the throw of his career and his reciever choked,no way he let's that guy strip him,just go down to ground when you get ball and it's over.



Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:12 pm
 

Was Cundiff not paying attention before kick?

Harbaugh screwed up by not calling time out. He is the one that made the mistake.
Coaches are supposed to put players in the best position to win. Harbaugh could have
done that by calling time out. Anyway you cut is, the dude was rushed.....



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:56 pm
 

Was Cundiff not paying attention before kick?

TMZ???  You are gettign your facts from TMZ?!?  WTF?  Are you going to be telling us who lady gaga is banging next??



Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:24 pm
 

Was Cundiff not paying attention before kick?

When I read According to TMZ twice in the one article I realise CBS sports journalism is in rapid decline.




Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:21 pm
 

Was Cundiff not paying attention before kick?

When I read According to TMZ twice in the one article I know CBS sports journalism is declining rapidly.




Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:04 pm
 

Was Cundiff not paying attention before kick?

If Harbaugh calls timeout then he is gonna get blasted for icing his kicker. No win situation. Kicker has to be ready at all times. No excuses!


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