Tag:Billy Cundiff
Posted on: February 1, 2011 9:07 pm

Hot Routes 2.1.11: Other NFL news

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is a generous sort. Even though Cuban is a lifelong Steelers fans, he’ll even invite the Packers to his Saturday night party. With one caveat. It’s a 10-drink minimum.
  • Yahoo! Sports’ excellent The Postgame has a where-the-hell-are-they-now update on former Colts K Mike Vanderjagt.
  • An interesting piece by CNBC’s Darren Rovell about why he’s not covering the Super Bowl this year (even though he’ll be in Dallas the week of the game).
  • Sometimes reporters aren’t perfect. Just like you’re not perfect at your job. So, cut Peter King some slack. He’s one of the best.
  • If you’re headed to Dallas this weekend for the Super Bowl and you plan to spend money on memorabilia, make sure what you’re buying isn’t counterfeit. Because there’s a bunch of it out there.
  • The proposed stadium for L.A.’s NFL team (you know, assuming it comes to fruition) has a name (Farmers Field).

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 8:08 pm

Cundiff inks 5-year deal with Ravens

Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier in the week, we mentioned that that the Ravens were looking to sign kicker Billy Cundiff to a long-term contract.

Well, looks like they have.

Cundiff’s agent, Paul Sheehy, tweeted that his client signed a five-year deal. The Ravens have confirmed that the deal is worth $15 million.

The journeyman kicker best known for his early work with the Cowboys had a career-year in 2010. He was successful on 26/29 field goals and tied an NFL record with 40 touchbacks.

This also seems like a good time to point out that, for whatever reason there's a dearth of reliable kickers in the NFL. And there's also a lack of heavy-handed fathers out there teaching their kids to become placekickers. Sure, you get ridiculed by Peyton Manning and sure, if you miss a bunch of kicks at the end of games, you'll be publicly eviscerated by everyone in and around your team.

On the other hand: $15 million!

Actually, you know what, forget I said anything until the future Brinson, Jr. is kicking in the NFL. Then it's your turn to create the next Billy Cundiff.

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 2:58 pm

Not a bad stretch of months for Cundiff

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

From the underdog to winning the job in the preseason to the starting K spot for the Ravens to a surprisingly fantastic season to the Pro Bowl and now to a long-term contract extension. Yep, it’s been a pretty good year for Ravens K Billy Cundiff.

Although a new contract isn’t complete, NFL.com writes Cundiff will be rewarded for his season with a new long-term deal.

Cundiff Cundiff previously had kicked pretty well for the Cowboys in 2004 and 2005, but since then, he's had stints with three teams, including the Ravens.

It was thought Shayne Graham was the favorite to win the kicking job for Baltimore this preseason, but Cundiff surprised observers by beating him (things worked out OK for Graham as well – he kicked extremely well for the Patriots).

On the season, Cundiff made 26 of 29 field goals (89.7 percent), and he was rewarded with a trip to the Pro Bowl.  But perhaps most impressively was this stat: he tied the NFL record with 40 touchbacks this season.

Even more impressive than that: the man with whom he shares the record, former Vikings K Mitch Berger, kicked the vast majority of his touchbacks while playing in a dome. Cundiff did not.

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 7:46 pm

Hot Routes 11.15.10: Week 10 boxscore tidbits

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

-With his concussion suffered early during the Sunday night game, the streak of consecutive games made with at least one catch ended for Steelers WR Hines Ward. It ends at 186, the third-best streak in NFL history.

-Ravens K Billy Cundiff blasted three touchbacks Sunday. That gives him 25 on the season (a 58.1 percent success rate on his kickoffs), the top mark in the NFL. He’s already destroyed the club record (15 by Matt Stovall in 2007).

-Cowboys WR Dez Bryant had three catches for 104 yards, the most he’s ever produced in his career. Since Jon Kitna replaced the injured Tony Romo at QB four games ago, Bryant has 23 catches for 328 yards and four touchdowns.

-Seahawks WR Mike Williams had 11 catches for a career-high 145 yards in Seattle’s win against the Cardinals. He did it with a broken finger suffered in practice four days earlier.

-Chiefs QB Matt Cassel threw for 469 yards, the second-highest single-game total in Kansas City history (Elvis Grbac had 504 yards in 2000). The Chiefs still lost.

-For the first time since 1941, two brothers are NFL punters at the same time. Kansas City’s Dustin Colquitt faced Denver’s Britton Colquitt on Sunday, and Dustin’s average (43.3 yards) beat Britton’s average (41.0). The Chiefs still lost.

-When Manny Pacquiao destroyed Antonio Margarito in a unanimous decision in Dallas on Saturday, it was his second win of the year at Cowboys Stadium (he beat Joshua Clottey there in March). The Cowboys, meanwhile, have only one win at home this season.

-Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught five passes for 72 yards and three touchdowns in helping beat the Steelers. Which was a marked improvement over last week when he dropped passes, muffed up a kickoff return and fumbled deep in Browns territory to help hand Cleveland the win.

-Of the 50 passes tossed by Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, more than half (27) were targeted for either Roddy White or Michael Jenkins.

-From 2007-09, Bengals RB Cedric Benson combined for only three fumbles. This season alone, he’s got three.

-For the first time this season, Jets RB Shonn Greene outgained LaDainian Tomlinson on the ground. Greene had 72 yards on 20 carries, while Tomlinson carried the ball 18 times for 57 yards.

-The Jets dominated the time of possession vs. Cleveland (47:08 to 27:36) but needed until the very end of overtime to squeak out the win.

-Since his big coming-out party in Week 2 (17 carries, nine catches, 232 total yards, three TDs), Lions rookie RB Jahvid Best hasn’t scored a TD and has gained more than 50 yards on the ground just one time. On Sunday, he had 17 carries for 35 yards.

-Even with four players throwing the ball Sunday (Chad Pennington, Chad Henne, Tyler Thigpen and Brandon Marshall) the final passing stats for Miami were pretty good. The four combined to complete 24 of 37 passes for 323 yards, two touchdowns, one INT and a passer rating of 99.3.

-This is a stat that will make Pete Prisco gnash his teeth. In the past two games, Jaguars QB David Garrard has completed 41 of 52 passes for 602 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Two weeks ago, his passer rating was 157.8. On Sunday, it was 134.1.

-Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe caught 13 passes for 186 yards and two scores. Much of that production, though, came in garbage time when the game was already lost.

-Mike Goodson became the first Panthers RB to rush for at least 100 yards this season. Not Jonathan Stewart, not DeAngelo Williams. Mike Goodson.

-Buccaneers RB LaGarrette Blount has only played in six games this season. In his past four, he’s rushed 65 times for 329 yards and three touchdowns.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 12:34 pm

Cundiff finally has his stability

B. Cundiff beat out S. Graham for the starting Baltimore job (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Billy Cundiff couldn’t have felt comfortable this offseason when the Ravens brought in former Bengals kicker Shayne Graham to compete with Cundiff for the place-kicking job.

Cundiff made 15 of 20 field goal attempts last year in Baltimore, but Graham entered the competition as the fourth most accurate kicker in NFL history. Sure, Graham had worn out his welcome in Cincinnati, but he traveled to Baltimore intent on reaffirming his kicking abilities.

Instead, Cundiff beat him out for the job. It’s not that shocking if you watched Graham all of last year – which I did – and saw him miss high-pressure kicks, a deficiency that’s tagged him the past few seasons.

Apparently, he didn’t handle the high pressure of competing for his next job all that well either.

Or, maybe Cundiff simply outshined him. For Cundiff – who’s on his fourth NFL team – a little stability went a long way.

“I definitely think it helps,” Cundiff told the Baltimore Sun. “We were joking about it in training camp that this is the first training camp since 2005 I’ve been through with the team that I was with the previous year. So I’ve had five or six years here where I haven’t had the ability to work with the same people over the course of the offseason and get all of those reps. But when I came in from the whole offseason programs and went into training camp and the preseason games, there was a comfort level there that I haven’t experienced in a really long time.”

Cundiff, for most of his career, has been the fill-in guy. Now, he’s got the kicking job all to himself.

“The ultimate goal is never to be a fill-in,” Cundiff said. “So for me, all of this hard work since essentially 2005 when I got injured, all of that was worth it. So when they said I earned it, I think of it as confirmation for all of that hard work.”

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:24 am

Does Cundiff plan on losing Ravens kick contest?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Have you ever heard the story about the samurai who lost a sword fight before it even started? The samurai, in a fit of rage, ripped out his sword, threw his holster away and charged his foe. The foe, calm and collected, easily defeated the rattled samurai. Afterwards, it was suggested that, subconsciously, the samurai planned on losing all along. After all, if he’d planned on winning, he would have needed a place to put his sword, and therefore, would not have discarded his holster before charging.

This in mind, does it seem a little odd that Billy Cundiff, who is neck and neck with Shayne Graham in the battle for the Ravens kicking job, has already booked a flight home to Phoenix for this Saturday? Saturday is when the Ravens make final cuts to form their 53-man roster.

Sure, Cundiff, the incumbent kicker, isn’t verbally ruling himself out of the competition. In fact, he might be leading it. "They'll let me know whether I'm coming back," Cundiff told the Baltimore Sun. But residents of Baltimore don’t generally take a weekend getaway to Phoenix. Why even test fate?

The Baltimore Sun says that Cundiff has been slightly better than Graham in preseason and training camp. And Cundiff seemingly has a stronger leg. But the Ravens would never have signed Graham to begin with if they were entirely confident in Cundiff.

Graham, a 32-year-old ex-Bengal, is the fourth most accurate kicker in NFL history (85.2 percent). Cundiff, 30, is on his ninth NFL team.
It’s possible Cundiff can pull off the upset. He is 3/3 in the preseason, making field goals from 26, 42 and 25 yards. Graham is 2/3, connecting from 32 and 24 yards, and missing from 50. But if Cundiff does win the job, deep down, it sounds like he might be more surprised than anyone.

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