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Redskins kicker carousel continues

According to the Redskins media guide, exactly one man attempted regular season field goals for the franchise from 1988 through 1994: Chip Lohmiller. In each of those years, he led the Redskins in scoring. In three of those years, he led the entire NFC in scoring.

Since then, of course, the Redskins have never had a player lead the NFC in scoring. Theyve also never had a kicker complete three consecutive seasons as field goal maker in-chief. The streak, we know now, will continue, as Shaun Suisham was shown the door on Tuesday in favor of the lead singer from the Violent Femmes. Or a guy with a similar name, anyhow.

So Graham Gano (that's the new guy) will become the team's 15th 16th kicker in the past 15 seasons, which is incredibly awesome. Not quite as awesome as having used seven different punters in the past 29 games, but pretty awesome nonetheless. How many of them can you name without scrolling down?

Suisham leaves D.C. as the team's all-time leader in field goal percentage (minimum 40 attempts), and fourth on the list of all-time field goals made, behind just Mark Moseley, Lohmiller, and Curt Knight. Even odder: the team's five-most accurate field goal kickers are all on the following list of post-Lohmiller kickers.

Eddie Murray ('95, '00): 35-48, 72.9
Scott Blanton ('96-'98): 44-60, 73.3
Cary Blanchard ('98): 11-17, 64.7
David Akers ('98): 0-2, 00.0
Brett Conway ('99-'02): 52-69, 75.4
Kris Heppner ('00): 4-6, 66.7
Michael Husted ('00): 4-8, 50.0
Scott Bentley ('00): 1-1, 100.0
Jose Cortez ('02): 5-8, 62.5
James Tuthill ('02): 10-16, 62.5
John Hall ('03-'06): 54-70, 77.1
Ola Kimrin ('04): 6-10, 60.0
Jeff Chandler ('04): 5-6, 83.3
Nick Novak ('05-'06): 10-17, 58.8
Shaun Suisham ('06-'09): 82-102, 80.4

(Much credit to anyone who can name all six kickers pictured here. Also, I love this caption: "Redskins kicker James Tuthill and holder Bryan Barker chase after an extra point that went through Barker's hands.")

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 8, 2009; 3:17 PM ET
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Wow, it's been SEVEN YEARS since Conway left? Time flies.

Posted by: beach3 | December 8, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Dude, Violent Femmes were a good band but 99% of the universe doesn't know the lead singer's name.

Posted by: PropJoe | December 8, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Murray was great when he was playing alongside Cal. Is he the best placekicker ever enshrined in Cooperstown?

Posted by: section309 | December 8, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Murray was great when he was playing alongside Cal. Is he the best placekicker ever enshrined in Cooperstown?

Posted by: section309


Not to mention the only kicker with 500 homers and 3,000 hits.

Seriously, though, what a sad list. Oh for the days of Mark Moseley.

Posted by: js_edit | December 8, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse


Anybody remember when King Tut fell on his ass after a kick?

Posted by: PropJoe | December 8, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Stein, you forgot David akers who kicked for us in one game in Seattle ( I remeber cause I was there in the kingdoms). Think he missed a couple extra points. Was cut the next week. What ever happened to that stiff? Probably bagging groceries somewhere.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 8, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The Skins definitely need to pick a kicker in round 1 of the Draft this year. Or trade three picks for a kicker.

Hey, why not sign Ben Olsen as the kicker? Everybody wins!

Posted by: disgruntledfan | December 8, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Did David Akers kick for us?

(Or did we get rid of him before he ever had a chance to)

Posted by: jbanks979 | December 8, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Akers kicked in 98 season...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 8, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Gee, you think they should have held on to David Akers instead of letting him go to Philly?

Posted by: kevin2504 | December 8, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe it has been so long since Akers was with the team.

Posted by: sitruc | December 8, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Man, those 70th anniversary uniforms were awesome. Bring those back!

What a depressing list. How many games (hell, playoff berths) did our kicking game cost us during the Norv Turner era? It seemed like every other game. In fact, the past three weeks have felt a whole lot like the mid/late-1990s Redskins.

I realize John Hall was kind of a big money kicker, but I was/am always surprised that Snyder hasn't thrown so big money at somebody (like when Vinatieri was a free agent) to just solve this once and for all.

Posted by: Tank2 | December 8, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I have a question about Sunday's game. On the 4th quarter Suisham (good riddance) miss, the line of scrimmage was around the 5 yard line and the ball was spotted on or around the 12 yard line. Why did the Saints get the ball on the 20? I thought the ball should have been spotted where it was placed or the line of scrimmage? Why did the Saints get those 7-8 extra yards. If they had missed from say, the 30, that is where the ball would have been spotted, not at the 20. Any help on this would be appreciated.

Posted by: dwillis917 | December 8, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Vanderjagt is still out there somewhere. There seems to be a market on the Skins for former Cowboy Canadian kickers.

Posted by: paperboy76 | December 8, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Not to deny that some of these kickers were pretty weak, but this sort of sums up how this team works in recent years: "We're sure we're really good, but we keep losing. It must be the kicker's fault. Let's get rid of him. That will solve everything. It can't be our fault, the guys that picked the kicker or the rest of the talent on the field that seems to come up just short every week. No, it's all the kicker's fault."

What a messed up organization.

Posted by: TheFingerman | December 8, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

We're not going to do better than Suisham. The guy's had some bad kicks, but only a few, and it makes no sense to abandon the most accurate kicker in Redskins history just because people are upset we lost a game in a meaningless season.

As another poster pointed out, two words are a cautionary reminder of haste leading to waste: David Akers.

Posted by: fan1 | December 8, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

re: dwillis917

I believe the rule is after a missed field goal the ball is placed on the 20 or the spot of the kick, which ever is farther. This goes back to the day when all missed field goals were placed at the 20.

Posted by: NEDTHEBEAR | December 8, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I just can't believe they would cut someone from the playoff roster.

Posted by: djorl | December 8, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

didn't Novak make the kick against dallas when skins blocked the cowboys fg with no time left, ST21 picked it up returned it and then there was a facemask call giving the skins a chance for a 52 yarder? that was awesome.

and it looks like we had 4 kickers in 2000. wow, FOUR kickers? was that the year norv got fired b/c he put murray out to kick a 45 yd fg when murray said he didn't have the distance?

Posted by: dcalize | December 8, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I just can't believe they would cut someone from the playoff roster.

Posted by: djorl | December 8, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: amalg | December 9, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Ironic that the guy who was 0-2 (Akers) had the best career and was the most consistent out of the bunch... just not with DC.

Posted by: larryn703 | December 9, 2009 1:53 AM | Report abuse

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