It’s safe to say Billy Cundiff has kicked himself out of a job for the second straight year on kicks under 35 yards. Last Year Cundiff shanked a 31-yard field goal that would have put the AFC Championship into overtime. This year, a week after going 1-4 on field goals, Billy “Norwood” Cundiff missed from 32-yards that would have put the Redskins up by 10 points at the time. Whether or not that would have changed the complexion of the game is one thing. What’s not up for debate is the need for someone to be able to make extra points. Points are at a premium in the NFL. Just go to a sporting book. The average spread is about three points. You need a kicker if you are going to be an above average team and make the playoffs.
I give credit to Mike Shanahan for not giving the hook to a kicker after one shaky game on the road. But missing to sub-35 yard kicks in consecutive weeks, Shanahan was right to get on the phone and conduct a kick-off. Veterans Olindo Mare and Josh Brown competed with second year Kai Forbath who did not play last year after a season ending injury cost him his rookie campaign in Dallas.
At the end, the newest member of the burgundy and gold will be “Cobra” Kai. (I guess it helps to have a fictional karate dojo that is known for “sweeping the leg.”) Forbath kicked for UCLA where in 2009 he was awarded the Lou Groza Trophy for being the best kicker in college football. Last year he was on the injury roster for the Cowboys and failed to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this year when he was cut during training camp.
Since the Redskins have been in close games in each of the first five weeks, do you think they made the right choice in a guy that hasn’t never played in an NFL game yet?