Did the New England Patriots Cheat the Baltimore Ravens out of the Super Bowl?

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 25, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:   Niko Koutouvides #90 of the New England Patriots celebrate after Billy Cundiff (C) #7 of the Baltimore Ravens missed a game tying field goal late in the fourth quarter during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Can we take a man that is employed as a kicking consultant seriously?

To be honest with you: No. Randy Brown, the Baltimore Ravens kicking consultant, is a complete fraud and ultimately a cry-baby. 

If you don't all know by now, during Sunday's AFC Championship in New England, Gillette Stadium's scoreboard fell behind a down following Joe Flacco's completion to Anquan Boldin, where he ultimately fumbled the ball going out of bounds and it was unclear if it was a first-down or not. The officials on the field ruled it as 2nd-and-1, but the scoreboard displayed first down—this all happened three plays before Billy Cundiff's infamous 32-yard shank. 

Tuesday morning on Philadelphia's WIP radio, Brown decided to share some of his rather interesting remarks regarding Gillette Stadium's scoreboard being a down behind for the final three plays. 

The scoreboard was one down behind, the entire last three plays, from what we understand. [When asked if the Patriots did it on purpose] I don’t think you can rule anything out in New England, can you?

Really, Mr. Kicking Consultant? You're going to play that card? It's your fault, along with John Harbaugh and the entire Baltimore Ravens coaching staff that the team took so long to get Cundiff on the field to kick the potential game-tying field goal—not to mention that the Ravens had one timeout to spare. 

When Brown referred to that "you cannot rule anything out in New England," he was simply making an indirect comment on New England's whole spygate incident back in 2007.

Could Brown acting as a cry-baby simply be just him trying to place the burden on a possible "cheating conspiracy" with the Patriots rather than the blame falling on his own you-know-what? I mean, he is the kicking consulting—what the hell does he do? All he has to do is "consult" with Cundiff and keep track off when he needs to be on the field.

How hard could it be? Isn't it just counting? 1-2-3-4?

The thing that boggles my mind the most is that even if Brown was convinced that it was third-down, shouldn't the entire field goal kicking team be ready anyways?

In all my years of playing football and coaching football, at third-down, the special teams should be organizing—whether it's the punt team or the kicking team.

I suppose Brown couldn't handle the pressure of being the team's kicking consultant, as Cundiff was the last man on the field and ran onto the field with roughly 15 seconds left on the play-clock.

My question is: Why is there even a position on Baltimore's staff labeled the kicking consultant?

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