Harbaugh: Cundiff's missed field goal might've been difference

Kicker is 0-of-3 from beyond 50 yards, 14-of-14 from under 50

October 26, 2011|By Edward Lee

The Ravens’ shocking loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars ultimately was decided by five points. But could the outcome have been different if Billy Cundiff had converted that 52-yard field-goal attempt in the third quarter?

Coach John Harbaugh seems to think so. At the time of the miss, the Ravens trailed the Jaguars 9-0, but might have the field goal shifted momentum in the Ravens’ favor?

“That was a tough miss yesterday,” Harbaugh said during his weekly briefing Tuesday. “You know, they made three 50-yard-plus field goals, and we missed our one, and that was probably the difference in the game. So that’s something that we’re going to be good at as we go forward.”

After missing two 51-yard attempts against the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 25, Cundiff had made 10 straight field goals – but none from beyond 50. Cundiff’s try against Jacksonville was not only wide right, but never curled back toward the goal posts.

“Yeah, we thought we had that corrected,” Harbaugh said. “We had two of them, I think in the same game, that got pushed to the right that were the same problem that we worked really hard on that over the last four weeks, I think, it’s been since that happened. And for him to come out and push that ball the way he did – and it looked the same way – that’s a bad miss, and that’s a disappointing thing for him. And I know that he’s more mad about it than anybody. That’s not something that he’s done in his career; he’s not been a guy that’s pushed balls. If anything, he’s pulled balls. I’d rather see the ball get pulled on a long field goal because that means you’re attacking it a little bit more. So, hey, man, it’s the same swing as you’d use on a 25-, 35- or a 45-[yarder]. It’s all the same swing. You might drive the ball a little bit more on a longer one, but it’s still going to be a straight ball. And he’s capable of doing that, and I think over the course of time, he’s going to make a lot more of those than he misses.”

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