Will Justin Tucker be the next Stover, or the next Hauschka or Cundiff?

jtucker

Painful images of missed field goal kicks from the past few seasons resonate in my mind. The potential game winning Steven Hauschka kick sailing wide left against the Vikings in 2009 is imprinted in my head as is the Billy Cundiff left hook in Foxborough. As harsh as the moments were, Baltimore once held both of those men in high regard before those incidents tarnished their reputation forever.

Hauschka came to the Ravens after a short stint with the Vikings and brought his big leg with him. He looked promising after nailing his first career field goal 54 yards right down the middle against the Texans in 2008. But those high hopes of a new franchise kicker quickly dissipated the following season after Hauschka missed four field goals in the first half of the season before being released during week 10, effectively ushering in the Billy Cundiff era.

Fans quickly grew fond of Cundiff after he kicked a game-winner in overtime against the Steelers two weeks after the release of Hauschka. He followed up his 2009 success with a pro-bowl season in 2010, setting the record for most touchbacks in a season and hitting 26 of 29 field goal attempts. Baltimore believed they had finally found the heir to the automatic Matt Stover and signed Cundiff to a five-year, $15 million contract. Unfortunately, It was all downhill from there as Cundiff struggled in 2011 and all of his troubles culminated in that fateful missed kick during the waning seconds of the AFC Championship game. Cundiff was released this offseason in favor of the Ravens’ current kicker, rookie Justin Tucker.

Although we’re all still high on Tucker’s early success, including that shaky game-winning field goal against the Patriots last week, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. As hopeful as I am for the young Longhorn alum, history has shown us that admiration can quickly turn to hate in the world of place kickers.

Only time will determine the eventual fate of Justin Tucker, but my fingers are crossed for now.

This entry was posted in Blog View, Featured by Riley Babcock. Bookmark the permalink.

About Riley Babcock

Riley Babcock
Riley Babcock was born and raised in Maryland where he took a big interest towards sports at a young age. The Baltimore Ravens soon became his main interest which led to his eventual hiring as Editor of the Ravens blog, Ebony Bird, in early March of  2011. Riley is an...more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Hot off the street

FILMSTUDY: Offensive Linemen Control Finale in NOLA

With some of the most interesting camp battles taking place on the offensive line, I did full scoring for the last game. All of the OL scoring is based on 76 non-penalty, real offensive snaps, which e...read more

Ravens and House of Ruth Enter 3-Year Partnership

The Baltimore Ravens and the House of Ruth Maryland have launched a three-year community partnership, the team and House of Ruth Maryland announced on Thursday. The partnership hope to raise aware...read more

RAVENS LINKS: Ravens’ Top 6 Rivalries

Top Ravens' Rivalries: Past & Present CBS Baltimore discusses six Ravens rivalries of the past and present. Read the full list here. Harbaugh speaks about NFL's latest ruling on domestic vi...read more

RAVENS 22, SAINTS 13: 5 Good, 5 Bad Takeaways

Although the scoreboard tells a different story, the Baltimore Ravens reserves absolutely dominated the New Orleans Saints last night in the Superdome. There’s a social media phenomenon called Th...read more

Ravens at Saints: What we Looked For, What we Saw

Heading into the Ravens final preseason game we chronicled five things to look for as the Ravens closed out their preseason schedule last night in New Orleans. Here’s a look at how those things p...read more

View More