1. a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.
Billy Cundiff made his Redskins preseason debut on Wednesday night. The former Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowler booted three field goals, three extra points, and forced five touchbacks, but will likely be remembered for missing a 46-yard field goal.
“The miss, I just wasn’t as aggressive as I should’ve been,” Cundiff said after the game according to the Redskins official website. “Those are things that you work through as we kind of get our timing down, and those are problems that we can clear up and what the preseason’s for.”
The Ravens cut Cundiff, who they signed to a five-year/$15 million deal in 2010, on Sunday. He quickly traveled down I-95 to sign with the Washington Redskins, who released another former Ravens kicker, Graham Gano to make room for him.
Of course, Cundiff will be remember as the guy who missed a potential game-tying 32-yard field goal in the AFC Championship by Baltimore fans. But, I’ll remember him as the guy who took the blame for John Harbaugh’s poor clock management and Ozzie Newsome’s poor decision making.