OK, I was wrong about
. Really, really wrong.
Sharp readers of this newspaper – do we have any other kind? -- may recall that right before the season started, I wrote that the Ravens had made a mistake cutting Biilly Cundiff and going with rookie
I wrote that a team with serious designs on a
So I went 0-for-2 there, sports fans.
Tucker has turned out to be just fine for the Ravens so far, with one of the stronger legs in the league. And Cundiff has turned into a basket case, missing four of six field-goal attempts the past two games before being cut Tuesday by the
You know how, when an athlete is struggling, people often say "It's all in his head?"
Well, in Cundiff’s case, it definitely was. Two years ago he was a
He was a stand-up guy all the way in the months after, taking shots from the fans and media and never whining.
This, he knew, was a kicker's lot in life. You're only as good as your last kick. And he said all the right things in the offseason about blotting out the memory of that miss and working hard and regaining the trust of the Ravens' players and coaches.
I thought the Ravens could trust him again. But
After making just 7 of 12 field goal attempts in five games, coach
It'll be a lot harder to find one this time around. Cundiff is now officially perceived to be damaged goods.
It's a shame, because he's truly one of the good guys. And he worked his tail off this season to turn things around.