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Mike Shanahan: Graham Gano is playing with confidence

One overlooked aspect of Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts was Graham Gano's missed field goal from 48 yards just before halftime, which left the Redskins down 17-7 at the break and sapped some much-needed momentum.

Coach Mike Shanahan, though, said he is comfortable with Gano going forward.

"I've got a lot of confidence in Graham," Shanahan said. "He's done a great job for us. Like all kickers, they're going to miss some, but they have to have the mindset that that's part of the job, and you have to come back with a lot of confidence. I think he's playing with a lot of confidence."

Gano later connected from 39 yards out, and he has now hit 12 of his 16 field goal attempts - a percentage that ties him for 20th in a 32-team league. He is 7 of 8 from 20-29 yards, with the one miss being a block against Houston; 2 of 2 from 30-39 yards out; 3 of 4 from 40-49 yards, with the lone miss coming against Indianapolis; and 0 of 2 from 50-plus, including a missed 52-yarder in overtime that would have beaten Houston.

Gano played the final four games of the 2009 season with the Redskins after they dumped kicker Shaun Suisham. He made all four of his field goal attempts last year, and his percentage this season doesn't concern Shanahan, who inherited him.

"I haven't even looked at his percentages, to be honest with you," Shanahan said. "The main thing is that I like his consistency in practice. He's got a lot of confidence. When a kicker does it in practice consistently, you really kind of feel good when the pressure is on them to get the job done. Obviously, he missed one, but he came back and he made the next one and it shows that he forgot about the first one and did it when he had to."

By Barry Svrluga  | October 19, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  Graham Gano  
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Comments

Aach, kickers.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 19, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

We want Hamm Samvitch!!

Posted by: Vic1 | October 19, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

It's 2:41 and still no Haynesworth trade, although the Bears just released a defensive end...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 19, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse


what RI needs is a redskin SB victory

I close my eye's and dream that it's the day after a redskins SB victory on RI and behold, everyone is not only happy and agreeable, they're actually complimenting one another. this day is closer than you think peeps !

Posted by: hessone | October 19, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I close my eye's and dream...

Posted by: hessone | October 19, 2010 2:43 PM

hessone's hit the drugs early today.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 19, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It's 2:46 and still no Haynesworth trade. The Redskins have reduced the asking price to a tuna sandwich and a bowl of chowder...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 19, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

It's 2:50 and still no Haynesworth trade. The Redskins have reduced the asking price to the original Village People LP and a six pack of Tab....

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 19, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Everyone up here knows the stuff you're made of NPI.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 19, 2010 2:30 PM

No one really pays any attention to No_Penis_Included anymore anyway. If they are they just haven't got the memo yet. They will soon enough though as he will eventually show what he is made of. He can't help it, it's who he is. Which, given his affinity for mysoginism and other mens junk, is most likely a child molestor.

And to follow it up he's so ashamed of his own posts that he is now trying to attribute them to other posters. Sad...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 19, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Overlooked? By who?

Torain "more than made up for Portis". Whatever.

Haynesworth is a bargain for next 2 1/2 seasons.

Concussions: helmets got bigger, shoulderpads got smaller. Refs RARELY ever call spearing

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 19, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Beep beep

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 19, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Not rooting for Dallas.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 19, 2010 2:16 PM |

cosign, until the ink runs dry in the pen I hold in my cold dead hand during armageddon while being attacked by aliens

Posted by: hessone | October 19, 2010 2:29 PM

*SOOOOOO.........*

If it is week 17 in the NFL and *WE* need for the Boys to beat their opponnent so we can make it to the playoffs, but they would get in too, you still wouldn't root for them to win?

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 19, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

It's 2:55 and still no Haynesworth trade. The team is now asking for one rusty crowbar and a plastic shower cap...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 19, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I didn't realize he's only 12-for-16, which isn't impressive, but I'm still totally in the tank for Gano. No reason to fret about this kid, I think.

I forgive him the OT miss against the Texans since (unless I'm misremembering this) he hit it the first time, before the friggin' timeout was called. And of course the blocked FG was on Fred "You're asking me to block?" Davis, unless -- again -- I'm misremembering.

Yeah, we want our kickers to convert every field goal and extra point try and we want them to put every kickoff out of the end zone. But that just isn't how it works.

This guy is such an improvement over Sweezum. Ugh, Sweezum.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 19, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

*SOOOOOO.........*

If it is week 17 in the NFL and *WE* need for the Boys to beat their opponnent so we can make it to the playoffs, but they would get in too, you still wouldn't root for them to win?

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 19, 2010 2:55 PM

I would root for them then.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 19, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

If haynesworth is a bargain for the next 2.5 years then why would we trade him.

Trade an elite d lineman who is a bargain?

If that happens, get ready for some Shan-a-hatin

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 19, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

12 of 13 from under 50 (taking out the block) seems rather reliable.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 19, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

You're a fagggot niggger. Any other comments?

Posted by: beep-beep | October 19, 2010 2:39 PM |


How ironic that you deuchebags talk about the toughness of the NFL and how you don't want the game to devolve into badminton and then get your puny little feelings hurt by a word.

How telling. What a bunch of PC losers. You do know that political correctness is a crutch for those not mentally tough enough to think for themselves right?

I feel not one iota of guilt and actually think it's funny that some broke-asses living with their mothers or in some shanty or some other domicile in desperate need of repair effort to make themselves feel better by feverishly demonstrating their holier-than-thou fakery to assuage their feelings of social, personal, professional and financial inadequacy.

You homos give yourselves away every time.

I find it hilarious. Thank you for adding a little fun to my otherwise routine afternoon(s).

(Owned).

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | October 19, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

If you really want to stop helmet-2-helmet collisions, go back to the days of the small face mask or no face mask. Today's players use the helmet like a weapon without the fear of busting up their nose or face. With a single or small double face bar, it was more important to shoulder tackle; with no face mask it was virtually impossible to use your head and escape injury. Baring that, double 15 yard penalties and immediate disqualification are the only way to effectively stop dangerous tackles. Once the coaches see the severity of the penalty, they will self police tackling or lose games and eventually their jobs.

Posted by: rdstr93 | October 19, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

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