Quoting Greg Easterbrook's Tuesday Morning Quarterback column on espn.com:
Why didn't Baltimore call time? The Ravens had a timeout, and, with most teams, a kicker who isn't ready has the green light to call timeout, just as a quarterback who isn't ready calls time. Even if the Ravens don't give their kicker free rein to call time, reader Adam Barnhart of Chevy Chase, Md., notes the Ravens have a special-teams coordinator -- not a coach, a coordinator -- plus an assistant special-teams coach, a "kicking consultant" and a head coach who was himself a special-teams coach. Barnhart asks, "How is it none of them knew to call a timeout to give the kicking team enough time to get set before the biggest Ravens down of the season?"
Anybody can miss a kick. The question is, why didn't the Ravens call timeout?
What TMQ thinks happened was that the Ravens' kicker and coaching staff were expecting the icing timeout from Pats coach Bill Belichick. As Cundiff ran onto the field, Belichick motioned toward the side judge, which is what coaches do when they plan to try an icing timeout. But Belichick never called the icing timeout. Reverse psychology! At least now the unused Baltimore timeout can be donated to charity.
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