Is Cundiff on His Way Out of Baltimore?

Is it over for Cundiff in Charm City?

Billy Cundiff has more on his mind these days than the 32-yard field goal he missed last season in the waning seconds of the AFC title game. He fully realizes that he’s in a fight for his job and it’s a fight that may be over after rookie Justin Tucker’s perfect performance last Thursday night. Tucker’s best boot was a 53-yd Field Goal that was dead center with plenty of room to spare.

Cundiff was told last Wednesday night that he would not play against the Jaguars and he does not know if he’ll see the field yet in the Pre-Season finale against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday.

Watching from the sideline, Cundiff was stunned and disappointed.

“I found out before this game that I wasn’t going to get any reps, which shocked me,” he said. “I felt like I had a really good week of practice.”

Coach John Harbaugh insisted the move was made simply to give Tucker the chance to play from start to finish.

“Billy has had a great, great camp. He’s done really well,” Harbaugh said. “I think we know Billy. … Billy has proven. (Tucker) has not proven. This is something that (Tucker) needed. We needed to see if he could handle a whole game from beginning to end and have that pressure on him, and obviously he handled it very well.”

So, are the media and fans reading to much into this situation?

Harbaugh was non-committal when asked about who had the edge in the competition saying,

“We have to make some decisions here again next week, So, we’ll just have to see how that goes.”

At the start of Training Camp I thought that the job was Cundiff’s to lose and while he’s been solid in practice and games so far Tucker has outperformed him. The majority of fans seem in favor of his release and young Tucker taking the spot only makes sense because he hasn’t made or missed any big kicks yet in a regular or post-season game. He’s the new guy while Cundiff is the guy who choked in the playoffs. It will be hard for Cundiff to erase that image from the minds of Ravens fans regardless of how well he kicks now.

It sounds like the team may be ready to move on.

 

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