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Despite Four Field Goals, Billy Cundiff Displeased With Kickoffs
ASHBURN – Billy Cundiff made all four of his field goal attempts in the Washington Redskins’ victory at New Orleans on Sunday, though having only six of his nine kickoffs go for touchbacks left him feeling slightly disappointed with his performance.
“I would have liked all of them to be touchbacks,” Cundiff said. “We’re playing in a dome. I know that [Darren Sproles] brought two out from nine deep, and I was pretty disappointed in that.”
Cundiff, signed by the Redskins on Aug. 29 after they released Graham Gano, was most concerned about the field goal operation. He had only a few days, and one preseason game, to get comfortable with Nick Sundberg’s snaps and punter Sav Rocca’s hold.
“For me, that’s the toughest thing, because you’ve really got to snap and you’ve got to get used to the hold and there’s a bunch of things going on,” Cundiff said. “You’ve got to get used to the coach calling the game. … It’s just trying to figure out just how everything works. It’s trying to figure out how the team works on the sidelines.”
There were two situations when the Redskins went for a fourth-down conversion – a fourth-and-1 from the New Orleans 48-yard line at the end of the first quarter, on which fullback Darrel Young rushed for two yards, and a fourth-and-2 from the Saints’ 33-yard line on the first drive of the third quarter – a play that was wiped out on a pass interference call.
Cundiff made a 37-yard attempt in the first quarter, a 41-yard attempt in the second quarter, a 37-yard attempt in the third quarter and a 45-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.
“We got in a rhythm, and I feel like this game was really the first game I really got in a rhythm,” Cundiff said. “We had a great pregame and I felt like we were finally clicking, so if you start working backwards, it took about four times working together before we really started clicking.”