By nature of their position, kickers are a confident bunch, and the Ravens’ Billy Cundiff is no different.
That's why it's not shocking that Cundiff sounded confident that he could have made a potential 52-yard field goal in the second quarter of Sunday's 30-24 win against the New Orleans Saints.
On that particular play, Cundiff and the field-goal unit was sent out on fourth down-and-7 from the Saints' 34-yard line. But the play was a ruse as the Ravens tried to get New Orleans to jump offsides and instead absorbed a 5-yard penalty for delay of game. Punter Sam Koch then dropped a punt inside the 10-yard line.
Afterwards, Cundiff said he would have liked an opportunity."I always think I can make it," said Cundiff, who has converted 22-of-25 field goals this season. "At the same time, with their offense, if we pin them deep, then we give them a long field. If we miss it, it's no longer whether I can make it, but whether the coaches want to play the stats game. I was excited. I got out there and looked at it and thought, 'I can make this.' But Sam is so lethal, so good at what he does that you've got to let him go in and do his deal."
Cundiff did kick two field goals that proved to be the difference in Sunday's win against the organization that had employed him for five games in 2006. But Cundiff said he had fond memories of his time with the Saints.
"You have to remember that I had a good experience down there," he said. "It was one of those deals where as I look back, I'm glad I got the opportunity there. I probably wasn't ready and obviously, I still needed to be tested, I still had a bunch of things that I needed to work through to get here and to have the success that I've had here. Coach [Sean] Payton was really, really nice to me. We were together in Dallas, and when I got signed, I got signed on Thanksgiving Day and he had my wife and I over for Thanksgiving dinner. So no hard feelings. At the same time, when we're on the field and we're playing against each other, we've got to get the win. So for me, it's nice to know that I can show them that I'm better than I was when I was there."
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