This Sunday the Kansas City Chiefs will see one of the better kickers in the league this season in Baltimore’s Billy Cundiff. As the Baltimore Sun notes, if it weren’t for the Chiefs there never would have been a marriage between Cundiff and the Ravens.
In the 2009 draft, the Ravens were looking to sign kicker Ryan Succop as an undrafted free agent. But the Chiefs used the last pick of the entire draft on Succop, who became Mr. Irrelevant.
With Succop gone, the Ravens signed Graham Gano, who eventually lost the kicking job to Steve Hauschka before the season began. After Hauschka struggled, the Ravens replaced him with Cundiff.
Succop has made 20 of 26 field goals for the Chiefs (76.9 percent). Cundiff has converted 26 of 29 attempts (90 percent).
The season that Cundiff is having is one of the underrated story lines entering this weekend’s matchup. We know Charlie Weis, the Chiefs running game and the Ravens defense will hog the headlines, but believe me when I tell you Cundiff will have a big impact on the game, which we will talk more about as the week moves along.
It is pretty crazy how Scott Pioli deciding to use that final pick on Succop put into motion all of those other dominoes and to think that two other kickers needed to struggle in Baltimore before Cundiff got his shot. That’s not even to mention that he was Chiefs property for a short time in 2008 though he never kicked for them in a regular season game.