Cundiff frustrated by struggles from long distance

Kicker: "My job is to make kicks, and I haven't done that."

November 14, 2011|By Edward Lee

For the season, Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff has converted 21-of-27 field goals, which isn’t bad.

But he is just 1-of-6 from 50 yards or beyond – including two misses in the team’s 22-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. Cundiff has never missed more than two attempts from 50 yards or more in his career, which is why he did not sound happy after the game.

“That’s my job,” he said. “My job is to make kicks, and I haven’t done that.”

Cundiff said swirling winds at CenturyLink Field played a role in his two misses Sunday. His first offering from 50 yards fell several yards short of the goal posts.

“In pregame, going both ways, we backed up to the 58, and I was really happy there,” Cundiff said. “I hit the ball extremely well in pregame, and then when we came out there, the wind kind of shifted and it was in our face. The 50-yard field goal, which I thought would’ve been very easy, I thought I hit the ball extremely well, and I played it right down the line that I wanted, and the wind caught it and threw it down. You can look at the ball flight and tell whether you guided it or not by how fast the ball spun, but for the ball to work right to left, that tells me that I didn’t spin it. So I actually got after it and hit it well. Kind of frustrating to think that ball was missed.”

His 52-yarder in the waning seconds of the second quarter stayed wide right.

“Going right into the half, that ball was frustrating as well because I thought I hit it well,” Cundiff said. “The wind obviously got the best of me today. If I could have maybe done it all over again, maybe I would’ve tried to hit it a little bit lower, but considering the pregame that I had and what I thought the environment was going to be, I just didn’t perform at the level I should have.”

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