fans, the thought of
continuing to be the team’s kicker – after he hooked wide left a 32-yard attempt in January’s 23-20 loss to the
championship game – was an unappealing possibility that demanded action.
So Sunday's news that the organization had terminated Cundiff's contract was a satisfying outcome to those same fans. And history shows that Cundiff isn't the first kicker to lose his job after faltering in the postseason.
** Don Cockroft sent a 30-yard try wide left, kicked a 47-yarder just short, and missed an extra-point attempt. The
** Doug Brien was unsuccessful from 43 and 47 yards with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter, contributing to the
To be fair, there are also a few who bounced back from disappointment to continue enjoying fruitful careers.
** With the
** Three missed field-goal attempts in a 17-14 loss to the New York Jets in a 2009 AFC divisional game haven’t prevented the
"You get more credit than you deserve when you make it and more blame than you deserve when you miss it," Brien told The Sun in an interview last week. "If you can't deal with that roller coaster and internally stay even-keeled, then it's probably not the position for you."
Being uniquely familiar with Cundiff's dilemma, Brien sent an email to Cundiff after watching on television Cundiff's miss against the Patriots.
"I hadn't talked to Billy in years, but when that happened, my heart went out to him," Brien said. "I felt bad and shot him an email and said, 'Keep your head up. You're a great kicker. Just put it behind you.'"