Billy Cundiff — the Baltimore Ravens” kicker who botched the kick that could have kept the team”s Super Bowl dream alive — was distracted before his field goal attempt … to the point that coaches were yelling at him.
Two players on the team have spoken with — one of whom says he witnessed the confrontation and another who did not witness it but says it is being widely discussed among Ravens players.
Our sources say … immediately before Cundiff attempted the game-tying FG, he was doing what he was supposed to do — practicing kicking on the sidelines. But as the Ravens marched down the field, Cundiff was unaware that his time to kick was looming.
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It”s S.O.P. for kickers to walk toward the field when the time approaches for them to kick — ready to run into the game.
According to our sources, coaches repeatedly called for Cundiff — at least 6 times — to no avail — he wasn”t responding. We”re told the coaches became “furious” because Cundiff wasn”t ready to go.
Our sources say players and coaches are saying Cundiff was distracted … not paying attention and not ready to immediately execute a kick.
As for how the team reacted to the botched attempt, we”re told players were gracious. As one player put it, “We didn”t give him a hard time because he looked like he was ready to kill himself.”