Cundiff's long-range struggles could impact in-game decisions

Harbaugh acknowledges that offense could be tempted to go for it on fourth down or punt

November 16, 2011|By Edward Lee

Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff is enduring the worst stretch of his career from long distance, missing five of six field-goal attempts from 50 yards or more. But Cundiff, who went to the Pro Bowl last season, is 20-for-21 from under 50 yards this season.

Still, coach John Harbaugh conceded during his weekly news conference Monday that Cundiff’s struggles could affect decisions on whether to attempt a long-range field goal, punt the ball or go for it on fourth down.

“It could, I think, especially with the weather getting a little tougher,” Harbaugh said. “The operation has everything to do with it. It’s a team effort out there, the three guys in the operation and the protection. There were some things there that made it a little bit tough on him. But you know what? That’s part of it, and that was disappointing. I know he feels like he can make [those]. He made two 58-yarders in pre-game, so we felt like he had a good chance to make that kick. But those kind of long kicks are never easy kicks, and you really don’t want to give up that field position, which is your point, and I think it’s a fair point.”

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