When Billy Cundiff went 1-for-4 last week, his game-winning field goal likely saved his job with the Washington Redskins. Coach Mike Shanahan made it clear the day after that he wasn’t even working out other kickers.
Cundiff probably won’t get the same courtesy this week. He missed a 31-yarder in the second quarter Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons and could be searching for a job Monday.
Cundiff is 2-for-7 since the season opener and 6-for-11 overall. At the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he missed from 31, 41 and 57 yards out.
Asked last week if he believed his impressive NFL resume allowed coaches to look past his first career performance with three misses, Cundiff said he had “no inclination whatsoever” that cutting him was an option.
“The feedback I’m getting from them is very positive. I think they kind of saw this as an anomaly,” Cundiff said Wednesday. “Moving forward it’s my job to make sure I right the ship.”
Graham Gano, whom the Redskins cut to sign Cundiff, is available, as is Neil Rackers, who was in training camp with Washington.
Cundiff’s miss against Atlanta prevented the Redskins from taking a 10-0 lead. The kick was attempted on fourth-and-4. The Falcons proceeded to drive down the field for a touchdown that tied the score 7-7.
Cundiff was booed running into the tunnel at halftime.