At Wednesday’s “State of the Ravens” news conference, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was asked about Billy Cundiff’s missed field-goal attempt against the Patriots, a 32-yard kick that could have sent the game into overtime.
He said he “dies with” players who experience such struggles because they have become like family to him.
“When you work as hard as you do to put a team together like this, this is like watching your kids in high school play basketball. You don't scream at your neighbor's kid because he's not passing it enough. They become like sons to you, so you feel for them,” he said. “This business is about managing your mistakes and managing your failures. Inopportune things like that kill these guys, and I die with them. I don’t lash out.
“You end up caring for these guys. You know how much time and effort they put in. It breaks your heart that somebody has got to be the goat, but if we had lost, 31-10, then there’d be a lot of goats.”
The Ravens discussed hiring a sports psychologist to work with Cundiff, but they appear to be comfortable with where he is at mentally and emotionally heading into 2012. However, it seems all but certain the Ravens will bring in a kicker to compete with Cundiff, who signed a five-year deal last offseason, in training camp.