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Redskins dump Suisham, sign Gano

Two days after place kicker Shaun Suisham's missed chip-shot field goal contributed to an overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Redskins today waived the five-year veteran and signed Graham Gano after kicking tryouts at Redskins Park.

Gano won the Lou Groza award at Florida State and kicked most recently for Las Vegas of the UFL. After the UFL season ended, he tried out last week for the New York Giants.

For the Redskins, re-signing Dave Rayner, the only other place kicker in training camp, was not an option. When the team released him on Sept. 5, Rayner was given an injury settlement, which bars him from kicking again in 2009.

Owner Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, decided to make a change at the position after Suisham - in his third full season in the role for the Redskins - failed to deliver late in the 33-30 overtime loss to the Saints at FedEx Field. With 1 minute 56 remaining in regulation, the Redskins lined up for a 23-yard field-goal attempt that would have extended their lead to 10 points. The ball sailed wide right.

After Suisham's miss, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees quickly directed a 33-second, five-play, 80-yard drive that ended on his 53-yard touchdown pass in the middle of the field to uncovered wide receiver Robert Meachem. Fullback Mike Sellers fumbled on the first possession of overtime, the Saints recovered the ball and won on place kicker Garrett Hartley's 18-yard field goal at the 8:31 mark.

In addition to Sellers's lost fumble, the Saints also scored a touchdown off a long fumble recovery after a Redskins interception and were aided on another touchdown drive when they regained possession of a punted ball that hit a Redskins player. Moreover, the Redskins secondary continued to play poorly in deep coverage against double-move routes as free safety LaRon Landry was beaten for two long touchdown passes - the latter of which helped to tie the score at 30-30 with only 1:19 to play in the fourth quarter.

In the locker room after the game, Suisham, who converted his other three attempts against the Saints, fought back tears while shouldering responsibility for the loss. Many players publicly supported Suisham, saying others also did not perform well, but some of his teammates were critical. Said Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth: "We've all got to do our job. I can't really say anything. We've got to do what we're here to do."

Suisham performed well at his job for most of the season. After holding off Rayner in a kicking competition during camp, Suisham made his first 12 field-goal attempts this season. But in a 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11, Suisham missed a 39-yarder at the end of the first half and a 50-yarder with 7:12 seconds to go in the fourth.
Overall, Suisham went 18 for 21 on field goals (85.7 percent). Last season, he was only 26 for 36 (72.2 percent). He also has made 20 of 21 point-after attempts. Place kickers, however, are mainly judged on their ability to deliver in the clutch.

Suisham is vested for termination pay, so the Redskins owe him the remaining balance on his contract, assuming he is not claimed off waivers. Suisham has a salary of $1.01 million, according to a league source familiar with his contract, and still is owed about $238,000.

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  December 8, 2009; 12:26 PM ET
Categories:  Jason Reid  
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Comments

So long, Suish....

Posted by: jive_turkey | December 8, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"Redskins dump Suisham, sign Gano."


Dude went to FSU?

We will welcome the Criminole with open arms.

And a watchful eye.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 8, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Boo hoo.

He'll be fine.

Probably beat the Skins in a year or two.

Posted by: gdennie | December 8, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Posted by: VegasJim | December 8, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

There are some draftniks who think McCoy is the better pro prospect. It'll be interesting to see who grades out better, but both these players are surefire top 5 talents.

Posted by: TWISI | December 8, 2009 12:18 PM

NOT that I've checked, but SOME draft mockers have Clausen, Bradford, AND McCoy going before Tebow (and one with McCoy just behind Tebow still had Mallet and Locker ahead of Tebow).

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm so over this team and their stupid decisions!

Posted by: Lisa_R | December 8, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

(Seinfeld voice): "That's a shame".

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 8, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

And a watchful eye.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 8, 2009 12:36 PM

What Lewis was brought in for...

Count this hamster as happy with the cut. Now if they will bench LL and send him a message.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 8, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

And I'm not even going to try making a phonetic connection out of the first name as it makes me think of drums, elephants, and Africa.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 8, 2009 12:33 PM

I did a little computer learning. He's from Cameroon ... and I think the Camaroonians also have been under-represented in Heisman voting.

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

It's an interesting debate, but here's my question: what would drafting Suh do for the Skins? I know we'd make other moves so you can't look at taking Suh as the only offseason roster move, but does it take a 3-13 or 4-12 team and make the defense so dominant that even if the offense improves only marginally we're 4-5 games better next season? I don't know one way or another.

If we took a couple offensive lineman, does it make us better? One would think so, but the o-line has been solid for a few weeks now and we're still 0-3 in our last 3 games.

That's what's frustrating about the Skins -- for 6 weeks we're screaming about the horrible offensive line, then they gel a little and play better, and now its the secondary / safety play that's been horrific. I think it goes to show that the point is moot. We have a ton of needs, that one offseason probably won't address...

Posted by: mattylight | December 8, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

good riddance

Posted by: DMoney28 | December 8, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

good riddance

Posted by: DMoney28 | December 8, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

finally goodbye! the guy has been a liability ever since we got him, not clutch, short kickoffs, good for at least 4 or 5 kickoffs out of bounds a year and oh yeah he once left a 42 yarder short! Gano was a great kicker at FSU with a huge leg, hopefully he can grab the spot long term.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 8, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

" ... Owner Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, decided to make a change at the position ...."

Based on past experience by this personnel department, I'm sure this will work out fine.

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I can't argue with this move, it shows accountability which the Skins sorely need from the top down. The guy was solid kicker but rarely hit the clutch kick and that is what you need out of your kicker.

Posted by: forever8-8 | December 8, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Owner Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, decided to make a change at the position...

Hmmm, what name is missing from that list?

Posted by: daggar | December 8, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Gano Spanish for "I Win"? That has to be a good sign.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 8, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm so over this team and their stupid decisions!

Posted by: Lisa_R | December 8, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, you gotta make 23-yard FG's if you want to kick in the NFL. Period. He's missed a couple other big kicks that have cost the Skins a ton of momentum, if not the game outright, in the past. Sad to see anyone lose their job, but it is justifiable, IMO...

Posted by: mattylight | December 8, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Good he needed to go. I can't believe Reid doesn't blast him like he has everyone else. Oh I forgot he talked to you that's why. He should have been shown the door last year!

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"Suisham has a salary of $1.01 million, according to a league source familiar with his contract, and still is owed about $238,000."

Which will be paid in pennies, delivered in a box with a ham shank bone.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 8, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with this decision. I would disagree slightly with JR's comment, "Place kickers, however, are mainly judged on their ability to deliver in the clutch."

I would say that they are evaluated not only based on their accuracy in general (FG%) BUT ALSO based on their performance in the clutch. I mean, obviously you've got to have both--i.e. you can't have a lousy FG% but make every field goal when the game is on the line, or have a great FG% and miss the clutch kicks. Unfortunately it seems that Suisham is a choker and doesn't do well when the game is on the line.

Posted by: gringoinmiami | December 8, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Waaah, Reid.

Stay on topic. Post was titled gano in, suisham out. Yet 75% was about how it wasn't all his fault. It wasn't all his fault but when you look at the body of work including Dallas, last year and puny kickoff and long fg leg, enough was enough.

Who knows if gano is the answer but at least we'll get a look.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 8, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I can't argue with this move, it shows accountability which the Skins sorely need from the top down. The guy was solid kicker but rarely hit the clutch kick and that is what you need out of your kicker.

Posted by: forever8-8

Huh? And they allow Landry to continually make stupid mistakes? And his "posturing" every time he makes a play is truly ridiculous!

Zorn was just on 980 - he complimented Sherm Lewis. Indicated that while he likes the players to be aggressive and play with emotion, he would prefer players not to "posture" after plays (this is response to a question about Landry).

Posted by: Lisa_R | December 8, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Jeez JReid try to be a little more objective -- you weren't trying to subtly say the loss shouldn't be pinned on Suisham by this post, are you? (mild sarcasm included)...I hope this isn't Leigh Torrence Part II...

Posted by: mattylight | December 8, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the memories Sweesh. Well for most of them, anyway.

Looks like this Gano guy may be a good find. Too bad our season is shot to crap.

Posted by: Predator48 | December 8, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Thats smart try the kid out for 4 games and if he is good keep him if not you needed a new kicker anyway.

Anyone crying for SS needs to get a grip the dude was terrible on pressure kicks.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 8, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

If only Snyder held himself to the same level of accountability...what a little weasel. So can we expect Laron Landry and Sellers to be waived too? How about Cerrato?

Posted by: dbunkr | December 8, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Owner Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, decided to make a change at the position...

Hmmm, what name is missing from that list?

Posted by: daggar | December 8, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse
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I actually like the fact that Vinny is stepping up and putting his foot down. Make some decisions. Earn your check. But when the boat hits the iceberg, go down with the ship, Vinny.

Oh wait. We already hit the iceberg.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | December 8, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

20 of 21 extra point attempts?

Even that sounds bad.

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 8, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't like seeing people lose their jobs but I've never liked this guy. So I'm happy to see the change.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 8, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase Rico in 'Paid In Full':

"Ayo, people get cut everyday, B. You tough, right?"

Suisham had to go. Kickers are known for kicking in the clutch, leg strength, and accuracy. Just because he missed only three this year doesn't excuse his performance from last year. He was the worst kicker in the league last year.

It was time for him to go.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 8, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

SS will find another team to kick for because he made some strides this year. However, I think it was a good decision on the team's part to let him go. Good luck to Mr. Gano

Posted by: TWISI | December 8, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

LL posturing drives me crazy every time he does it. Even if the Skins were playoff bound and LL was playing great it would drive me crazy.

But you do not bench someone for posturing. You bench them for bad play and LL is the definition of bad play. That is why LL should be bench. Then move him to SS.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 8, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

So we are cutting people who fail to do their job...Well, show Sellers the door also, then Landry. At least bench their sorry, no account arses. Landry is an embarressment to the team and his position. Get's up wolfing after making a tackle after a 25 yrd gain, yet looks like he never played the position on double moves. The portis's and landry's are symptomatic of what ails this team. Me first players who tlak alot more then they can play.....Bench landry until he shows he cares enough to change!

Posted by: klangley69 | December 8, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

And when does Landry get cut for his blown coverages that cost the game? Even after the missed FG, if Landry does not get beat like a cheap rug for the bomb, the Saints aren't guaranteed to score. Could have been the end right there. And Suisham had performed well over the season - can't say the same about Landry.

Posted by: i155133 | December 8, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Stop beating up on Laron Landry. I'm as angry as anyone the he got beat twice, badly. But it's management's fault for not getting a real free safety. LL is obviously a strong safety, and a good one.

They've got him in the wrong position for his talent and when it shows up, wave your first at the coaches and front office, not at LL.

Posted by: REXskins | December 8, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

20 of 21 extra point attempts?

I don't care how strong a leg you have, you cannot kick through Ronde Barber. You can ask Mr. Yoder about that particular play.

Posted by: daggar | December 8, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

About freaking time Suisham was cut! I just hope Gano will be very good and especially on pressure kicks. HAIL!!

Posted by: ladyredskins | December 8, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Good Swiss Miss is outta here!

I think we should've tried hard to see if Mark Mosley would've came out of retirement.....

Posted by: ENJOYA | December 8, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Suisham made 18 of 21 FG's.

Great, now if the new kicker misses FG's earlier in games (and more of them) he'll look better in the eyes of Snyderrato and the irrational fans who wanted to give Suisham the boot.

I hope Gano proves me wrong.

Posted by: jsmith33351 | December 8, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"Isn't Gano Spanish for "I Win"? That has to be a good sign"

Yes, it is the right translation. Lets hope it is more than a last name.

Posted by: cordobes17 | December 8, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Jeez JReid try to be a little more objective -- you weren't trying to subtly say the loss shouldn't be pinned on Suisham by this post, are you? (mild sarcasm included)...I hope this isn't Leigh Torrence Part II...

Posted by: mattylight | December 8, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse
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Careful. We were 6-2 with Leigh last year, and then we cut him. Thing's haven't gotten better here and he ended up with the Saints, where even on IR his winning voodoo has them 12-0.

Sign him. Yesterday. At kicker if we have to.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | December 8, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Mo mercy for Suisham no mercy for Landry. Apply the same standards.

Posted by: i155133 | December 8, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

LaRon Landry, who was burned on two long TD passes for 12 points keeps his job, while the kicker, who missed one field goal for 3 points gets fired? Excellent, Danny, excellent.

To have the owner making player decisions is clearly the way to run a professional football team.

Posted by: mcaicedo | December 8, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

the cleaning of the house has finally begun

who's next???

Posted by: retroskins14 | December 8, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Inevitable.

He knew it. Easiest $80K per week job ever, all down the drains now.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 8, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"I can't argue with this move, it shows accountability which the Skins sorely need from the top down. The guy was solid kicker but rarely hit the clutch kick and that is what you need out of your kicker."

Posted by: forever8-8

Huh? And they allow Landry to continually make stupid mistakes? And his "posturing" every time he makes a play is truly ridiculous!

Posted by: Lisa_R

What does Landry's "stunting" have anything to do with Suisham shanking TWENTY-THREE yard FGs?

Screaming foul for the way some players on this team is treated I can understand. I can even understand the Rock & Betts stroking, but I CAN'T fathom why would anyone cry for Suisham?

Posted by: RedDMV | December 8, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Stop beating up on Laron Landry. I'm as angry as anyone the he got beat twice, badly. But it's management's fault for not getting a real free safety. LL is obviously a strong safety, and a good one.

They've got him in the wrong position for his talent and when it shows up, wave your first at the coaches and front office, not at LL.

Posted by: REXskins | December 8, 2009 12:51 PM

LL is definitely a SS, but he has the skills to play FS, he just does not want to change his way of playing. He is un-coachable. That's why you bench him. He is not playing smart football regardless of the position.

Bench him to send him the message CR received.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 8, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

'Bout right for the expert personnel moves from the highly regarded front office.

Next game - Gano has a FG blocked and returned for points to win the game. Karma.

Posted by: i155133 | December 8, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Great. We get rid of one sh!tty kicker and replace him with a guy whose last name rhymes with Guano.

At least Swishham gets to take home over a quarter million dollars of $nyder'$ filthy money for doing nothing.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | December 8, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Thats smart try the kid out for 4 games and if he is good keep him if not you needed a new kicker anyway.

Anyone crying for SS needs to get a grip the dude was terrible on pressure kicks.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 8, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

agreed. The funny (or not funny) thing is, Sunday wasn't even a pressure kick! 23 yards. I saw the 11 year olds at halftime punt/pass/kick hitting those. Wish him the best but time to go.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 8, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Got to disagree with Jreid. It is all Suishams fault, could others have made plays to save his behind after it happened? Sure, but he's an NFL kicker who missed what amounted to an extra point. It was all his fault and he should be gone. Does that mean LL is any less of an idiot? no! but it does mean if the idiot kicker had done his job none of that matters. If he had done his job at Dallas we would be sitting at 5 and 7 with an outside shot at a run. All of this ignores that a good coach would have one at least 2 of the 3 games against the Lions, Panthers, and Chiefs with smarter decision making and better playcalling especially on 4th downs. The Skins do have a lot of holes, but there is no way this collection of talent should be 3-9 at worst they should be 6-6 even with the injuries, coaching and kicking has at a minimum cost them 3 games.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 8, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I heard they weren't going to fire Suisham, just take away his kicking duties...

Posted by: lifelongfan1 | December 8, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, what name is missing from that list?

Posted by: daggar | December 8, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, that answers our question from yesterday pretty clearly. How does this usually work on other teams? I'm assuming FO is involved on all matters personnel but the HC and STC would ultimately make this decision, right? Weird.

Posted by: RomoShortball | December 8, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Why is this such a big deal? NEWSFLASH: The Redskins can't cut everyone on the roster who isn't playing well. But showing Suisham the door is met with all this outrage? Guys, he missed a 23-yd FG! Inexcusable. He was the WORST kicker in the NFL last year. He pulled an easy FG in the Seattle playoff game. I get people being down on LL and Rogers and whoever else. But why are you defending such a bad kicker?

Posted by: mattylight | December 8, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Landry get cut (although the question itself is beyond idiotic)?

Landry can't own the title of "NFL's worst starting strong safety".

Suisham held that crown last year, but of the kicker variety. It's not a coincidence that once he started to miss (the Dallas game) that the handwriting was on the wall as to how he was going to perform the rest of the season in the CLUTCH.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 8, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Screaming foul for the way some players on this team is treated I can understand. I can even understand the Rock & Betts stroking, but I CAN'T fathom why would anyone cry for Suisham?

Posted by: RedDMV

Totally agree. This guy f up every time there is a big kick and people are crying to keep him. F that!

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Mo mercy for Suisham no mercy for Landry. Apply the same standards.

Posted by: i155133 | December 8, 2009 12:53 PM

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What about Sellers and Kareem Moore?

Posted by: js_edit | December 8, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Crazy how all these posters are defending SS. Sorry, but I follow the Tony Dungy method on this one. Cut his azz.

Nice job Skins.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 8, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"Redskins dump Suisham, sign Gano."

Dude went to FSU?

We will welcome the Criminole with open arms.

And a watchful eye.


Posted by: MistaMoe | December 8, 2009 12:36 PM

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Yeah, right. As soon as he makes a few clutch kicks you'll be rocking the FSU gear just like everyone else. That is, unless you're still stuck on the portis/moss " the U" bandwagon. Or should I say, "the who?"

Posted by: unojklhh1 | December 8, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

One of the first moves DAN SNYDER made after purchasing the team in 1999 was to fire DAVID ACKERS after he missed two kicks. How'd that work out! This clown will not stay out of personnel decisions and that is why we are headed down the same road next year and every year thereafter until he sells the team. Makes me sick.

A FAN OF 54 YEARS

Posted by: sickaboutit | December 8, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Gano Spanish for "I Win"? That has to be a good sign"

Yes, it is the right translation. Lets hope it is more than a last name.

Posted by: cordobes17 | December 8, 2009 12:52 PM
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I thought Gano meant "bat dookie". No, wait a minute, that is guano. Still, wouldn't that have been cool? Players could say, "If you don't don't bat dookie, you're not a Redskin". - stuff like that.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 8, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't have a problem at all with them benching Laron Landry for two games, just FYI...

To advocate cutting him though is just foolish.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 8, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

One of the first moves DAN SNYDER made after purchasing the team in 1999 was to fire DAVID ACKERS after he missed two kicks. How'd that work out?!! This clown will not stay out of personnel decisions and that is why we are headed down the same road next year and every year thereafter until he sells the team. What an ass.

A FAN OF 54 YEARS

Posted by: sickaboutit | December 8, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I would have been so angry if they HADN'T cut Suisham. If they kept him, how could they have ever trusted him to make a critical field goal ever again? In crunch time, maybe they'd have to decide to "go for it" on fourth down instead opf kicking the "easy" field goal.

Maybe this is a new step for the Redskins. They've decided not to accept mediocrity.

Oh wait, Vinny Cerrato is still on the payroll...

Posted by: goatdiddler | December 8, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

coaching and kicking has at a minimum cost them 3 games.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 8, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse
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How many times did Zorn give up easy 3's at the beginning of the season to go for it in the Red Zone? There for awhile it was at LEAST once a game, so had Mr. Zorn simply taken his medicine and put points on the board, I believe that may have given us a chance in a game or two

Posted by: mattsoundworld | December 8, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

sickaboutit is it the fact that SS is gone, or are you upset that Danny and Vinny made the decision to get his sorry arse out of here?

Posted by: TWISI | December 8, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"PFT is reporting that along with cutting kicker Shaun Suisham, the Redskins have also cut starting safety Laron Landry a high first round pick in the 2006 draft, as well as starting Fullback Mike Sellers. WOW. The team released a statement saying that they will no longer tolerate mistakes of any variety by their players. Stay tuned."

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 8, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Twisi. Its the fact that Snyder is making personnel decisions and he sucks at it ( based on the last 10 years)

Posted by: sickaboutit | December 8, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"PFT is reporting that along with cutting kicker Shaun Suisham, the Redskins have also cut starting safety Laron Landry a high first round pick in the 2006 draft, as well as starting Fullback Mike Sellers. WOW. The team released a statement saying that they will no longer tolerate mistakes of any variety by their players. Stay tuned."

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 8, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I was waiting for that...btw Bean the Cards signed Brad Penny...you saw him with the Sox, think it's a good move for him to stay in the NL?

Posted by: mattylight | December 8, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

And keep releasing dead wood. You can start with kindergartener Landry.

BOYCOTT $NYDER-FIRE CERRATO-RELEASE LANDRY THE PRE-SCHOOLER!

Posted by: hessone | December 8, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

One week to late and with our luck, he probably will come back and beat us in a year or two? Look at Akers.

Posted by: redskins_rule_2006 | December 8, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Well it only took them 45 hours to make this decision..

Posted by: peterandmeredith | December 8, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

ml, he's a text book example of a guy who should stay in the NL...I heard it was 7 mill with no incentives, which I'd be wary about, given Brad's penchant for not staying in shape.....he can be a horse however...if he's healthy, good pickup

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 8, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Haynesworth's "injury" stop the clock for New Orleans?

Albert, did you "do your job"?

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 8, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why JReid threw Snyder's name on this post? He seems to be holding some ill feelings towards ownership like his name is Liegh Torrence, Antonio Pierce, LaVar Arrington, Adam Archibingus, Rod Gardner, Stephan Davis, Brad Johnson, an such as......

JReid gettin a lil salty over there....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 8, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

im upset with the play of landry as much as anyone, yes he should be benched.......but im my opinion he's not apart of the cleaning of the house project, i would like him around in the long run, but damn he gets burned badly

Posted by: retroskins14 | December 8, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Waive the owner.

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | December 8, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Waive the owner.

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | December 8, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

It's an interesting debate, but here's my question: what would drafting Suh do for the Skins?

- I thought of this too. I wonder if the Redskins could get Suh, who is a monster in the middle and seems to be in wonderful condition, they could cut loose with the 100-million-dollar Haynesworth, whom I know won't have much left in the tank after this year.

Suh is a phenomenon. You get him, your d-line is instant money. He'll make everybody on that line better. I'm certainly no GM -- I've got lots of margin for error -- but I really think getting Suh as well as picking the best options at strong-side and weakside tackle deeper into the draft, could give the Skins a strong base on which to build for 2010.

Everything else we can make do on, but just like this spring when the Redskins didn't, it would be helpful to stick with D-line/O-line prospects. Running backs and quarterbacks are plentiful this year. McCoy, Tebow, the like, aren't worth as much as your linemen.

Posted by: Meepo | December 8, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I was reading a little about this guy Gano on the Florida State website. It said he kicked off and punted along with kicking field goals. I like the signing. Gives them time to see if the guy is worth keeping next season.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 8, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow, talk about promptness, that was quick. Suis went from Pro Bowl bound to driven out of town.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 8, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Getting rid of Suisham at this point is like Capt E J Smith telling the crew to rearrange the deck chairs. Good call it was all his fault. Cut him and the team will win.

Sheer stupidity.

The kicker was the reason that no one hurried them to the line when everyone saw Sellers fumble the ball but they called him down.

Suisham was the one who allowed Meachem to strip Kareem Moore.

And it was the Kicker who threw Barnes into the path of the Saints punt.

Cut the kicker, because he is the one not being agressive with the play calls when up 7 points and settling for a field goal which he made.

Oh and in the Dallas game he was the one who by himself stalled the drive to force a 50 yard field goal. (Advanced NFL Stats list a 1 in 5 chance for all kickers from the 39 yardline.)

And of course he was out there playing Safety and CB when the Saints without timeouts marched down the field with a 53 yard completion.

And he was to blame for 3 fumbles and 3 fumble losses. He probably also helped NO keep its only fumble.

Yeah the kicker is to blame.

So everyone enjoy the new deck chair position. According to Captain Snyder and his Little Buddy, sorry First Mate, Cerrato the ship isn't sinking its just the deck chairs feng shui.

Posted by: Hank4 | December 8, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Contributed? If SS makes that kick, even if the Saints go down and score, then the Redskins had recover the onside kick to win. NO was out of timeouts. I'd say missing that kick opened the door for NO to tie. Make it and a win was almost assured.

Would have been nice to be a little more analytic in this post. For example,
SS stats
Touchbacks - 5 only 6 teams have fewer
Out of Bounds - 2 tied for worst in league
KO average 60.2 - last in NFL
FG 20-29 yards, 27 teams have made ALL of them, only 5 teams have missed a FG inside 29 yards.
XP - second to last with a 95% accuracy.

About the only place SS shines is in 40-49, where he's 5-5. My guess is that Zorn does not attempt FG outside 45 yards most of the time, preferring to punt the ball, since SS has limited range.

In sum, a worse-than-average kicker, with a penchant for missing pressure kicks. We can do better.

Posted by: dpc2003 | December 8, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Bean I tend to agree. $7 million is a lot of guaranteed money for a guy who I believe signed with you all for 5 mil last season, but he's been good in the NL, and putting him behind Carp and Wainwright, I like our rotation...

Posted by: mattylight | December 8, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

They're bringing in a worse kicker to make Zorn more aggressive in the red zone.

As for LL. He's an all out type of player. Sure he needs to learn how to defend the double move but you can't blame the guy for trying to knock WRs out even if it means he misses a tackle or two. That style of play intimidated Roy Williams right out of the game a couple of weeks ago. As for the posturing, I used to hate it. Then I saw how it pissed off some clowns on this site and I've grown to like it.

Posted by: mack1 | December 8, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe that some on here are comparing SS to Akers.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 8, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Gano won the Lou Groza award at Florida State and kicked most recently for Las Vegas of the UFL. --REDSKIN INSIDER


Great move. Suisham loses a game by missing a field goal wide right, and Snyder signs a guy from Florida State, where they practically invented "Wide Right."

It would have ben a character test to see if Suisham could recover, but what would dannyy know about character?

What disturbed me the most as the fact Suisham's kickoffs were consistantly short

Posted by: TheCork | December 8, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

JReid been a little salty.

He must've thought he was going to be able to do what La Canfora couldn't. When he realized that he went into JLC mode.

It's funny through because his axe grinding is so obvious. Dude definitely has his favorites. Thing is all beat reporters do, but this clown goes great lengths to show it.

Or maybe prove it.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 8, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Matt Stover available before the season started?

Posted by: peterandmeredith | December 8, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Twisi. Its the fact that Snyder is making personnel decisions and he sucks at it ( based on the last 10 years)

Posted by: sickaboutit | December 8, 2009 1:12 PM

Gotcha. This situation may shed some light as to whom had control of roster decision under the Zornskins administration.

Posted by: TWISI | December 8, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"Owner Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, decided to make a change at the position"

So the owner is the one who made the change at this position? All this says to me is that NOTHING is going to change. Snyder is going to continue as if having his nose in day to day operations is ok. I hope everyone is ready for a repeat next season and the season after that...and...

Posted by: Rahwaj | December 8, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why JReid threw Snyder's name on this post? He seems to be holding some ill feelings towards ownership like his name is Liegh Torrence, Antonio Pierce, LaVar Arrington, Adam Archibingus, Rod Gardner, Stephan Davis, Brad Johnson, an such as......

JReid gettin a lil salty over there....

Posted by: 4thFloor

4th, you just beat me to it. Does he think that the coaches were against cutting SS? Or the coaches had no say in this matter? Hell, in a way, he gave Vinny and Dan props for this move.

I can understand that "da Mayor" lost another buddy on the team and his feelings are hurt. You can clearly see where he's going by bringing up all of the other stuff.

Posted by: dcwun | December 8, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I think our draft strategy is pretty obvious:

1. If Okung is there, take him.
2. If Okung is gone but Suh is there, take Suh, unless someone blows your socks off with an offer.
3. If both are gone, trade down.
4. If both are gone and no one will trade up, take Spiller and use the rest on O-line.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 8, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Good signing. As a bonus, I can call him Colonel "Bat" Guano.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 8, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Haynesworth's "injury" stop the clock for New Orleans?

Albert, did you "do your job"?

Posted by: joedoc1

He did one 4th and 1......

Posted by: dcwun | December 8, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Yeah the kicker is to blame.

So everyone enjoy the new deck chair position. According to Captain Snyder and his Little Buddy, sorry First Mate, Cerrato the ship isn't sinking its just the deck chairs feng shui.


Posted by: Hank4 | December 8, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Hank forget the other people's stuff. People should be judged on their own invididual performances. Just looking at Suisham's body of work, it's been well below average -- he was the worst kicker in the NFL last year. So he gets cut loose. How hard is this to understand? As for everyone else, Zorn is gone in a month, Landry will probably be benched if his terrible play keeps up, etc. But Suisham is responsible for himself, and he couldn't get it done, so he gets shown the door...

Posted by: mattylight | December 8, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

What NEXT??? FIRE LANDRY AND CARLOS ROGERS??? WHY NOT?

Fire VINNY and trade Snyder!!!!

Posted by: riceldi | December 8, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"After Suisham's miss, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees quickly directed a 33-second, five-play, 80-yard drive that ended on his 53-yard touchdown pass in the middle of the field to uncovered wide receiver Robert Meachem."

Eighty yards in 33 seconds, and it's Suisham's fault? What about Landry? What about a defensive line that couldn't sack Brees? What about an offense that couldn't score in the red zone?

I'm not saying Suisham is the second coming of Morten Anderson, but there were a lot of players involved in that loss.

Posted by: tkoho | December 8, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

If we took a couple offensive lineman, does it make us better? One would think so, but the o-line has been solid for a few weeks now and we're still 0-3 in our last 3 games.

POSTED BY: Mattylight

You can't hang that on the OLine. Down to the third string RB and a field goal in each would have made that string 2-1.

Honestly, I haven't been as impressed with the Oline in ages. Still needs upgrading, but it's gone from old and small and creaky to young and big and better.

LIke to see how they block for a decent RB, but right now my first round pick is in play.

LOVE a rock solid OLT, but if the right QB is there and campbell is gone... I'd trade down, too. If campbell stays and they can get three high picks at RB, OT an d CB, I'm happy..


Posted by: TheCork | December 8, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that they cut Landry and Sellers....wow....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 8, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Suisham, Cundiff, Gano, Haushka, Novak, etc. These guys are all interchangable. None will ever be great, some will be good enough, others will float from team to team their entire career. There are only a few really elite kickers in the league. All the rest are constantly kicking for their jobs week to week.

Posted by: FedorEm | December 8, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Zorn was just on 980 - he complimented Sherm Lewis. Indicated that while he likes the players to be aggressive and play with emotion, he would prefer players not to "posture" after plays (this is response to a question about Landry).

POSTED BY: Lisa R.

Then tell them to stop posturing. You can do that as coach. If they dont' stop, bench them. Let them posture by the Gatoraid.

Posted by: TheCork | December 8, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

We're definitely losing by a FG in Oakland now

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 8, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The kicker was the reason that no one hurried them to the line when everyone saw Sellers fumble the ball but they called him down.

Suisham was the one who allowed Meachem to strip Kareem Moore.

And it was the Kicker who threw Barnes into the path of the Saints punt.

Cut the kicker, because he is the one not being agressive with the play calls when up 7 points and settling for a field goal which he made.

Oh and in the Dallas game he was the one who by himself stalled the drive to force a 50 yard field goal. (Advanced NFL Stats list a 1 in 5 chance for all kickers from the 39 yardline.)

And of course he was out there playing Safety and CB when the Saints without timeouts marched down the field with a 53 yard completion.

And he was to blame for 3 fumbles and 3 fumble losses. He probably also helped NO keep its only fumble.

Yeah the kicker is to blame.

So everyone enjoy the new deck chair position. According to Captain Snyder and his Little Buddy, sorry First Mate, Cerrato the ship isn't sinking its just the deck chairs feng shui.

Posted by: Hank4

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Hank4 is right. There were numerous mistakes in this game. And what do you do when there are numerous mistakes? You always point the finger elsewhere. Thus, the only logical thing to do is to keep the guy that missed a 23-yard field goal. Spot on.

Posted by: psps23 | December 8, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Good. I could never pronounce his stupid name anyway.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | December 8, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Place kickers, however, are mainly judged on their ability to deliver in the clutch.
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And so are QB's and Campbell has not delivered in the clutch ALL SEASON. Suisham today.. Campbell after 4 more games... the clock is ticking....

Posted by: sovine08 | December 8, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Owner Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, decided to make a change at the position"
JReid

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Because the beat reporter writes this does not make it true. Look at the other crap he writes.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 8, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

It would have ben a character test to see if Suisham could recover, but what would dannyy know about character?

What disturbed me the most as the fact Suisham's kickoffs were consistantly short

Posted by: TheCork | December 8, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Not defending Snyder, but suishams character test was coming back from the Dallas game. He issued a similar apology and said he felt "awful" about it. The important thing, like you said, is that the kickoffs etc were further reason to make the move.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 8, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I aplaud the move to cut Suisham. He definately choked in the NO game. Some of the posts are accusing Kareem Moore of the same thing. Moore made a great clutch play to intercept Drew Brees, but had the ball stripped on a great play by Meachum. Moore did his job in the clutch, Suisham sadly choked.

Posted by: VegasJim | December 8, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying Suisham is the second coming of Morten Anderson, but there were a lot of players involved in that loss.

Posted by: tkoho | December 8, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

No....you can't miss a 23 yarder in this league. And especially not after he missed a 39 yarder, which would have won the Dallas game. The 50 yarder was made even bigger due to the fact that he missed the 39 yarder earlier. And he missed that one too. Bottom line, his out. Go Gano. Woo Hoo!

Posted by: FedorEm | December 8, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, I haven't been as impressed with the Oline in ages. Still needs upgrading, but it's gone from old and small and creaky to young and big and better.

LIke to see how they block for a decent RB, but right now my first round pick is in play.

LOVE a rock solid OLT, but if the right QB is there and campbell is gone... I'd trade down, too. If campbell stays and they can get three high picks at RB, OT an d CB, I'm happy..


Posted by: TheCork | December 8, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Cork, you're right I wasn't pinning it on the o-line at all, I was saying that an upgraded offensive line -- say we use our first 2 picks in the draft on lineman -- won't cure all of the team's problems. In the last 3 weeks the offensive line has been much improved, and the offense has been clicking more, but the D gives up long drives and points at the worst time, Zorn goes conservative in crunch time, and the secondary has been beaten like a drum on big plays. So my point was, we have a lot of needs...

Posted by: mattylight | December 8, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that they cut Landry and Sellers....wow....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 8, 2009 1:28 PM
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Yes, it's unbelievable.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 8, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The man was 18 for 21 field goals, and they cut him??? He had improved significantly since last season, as well. Doesn't seem deserved to me.

Posted by: ihave4ducks | December 8, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

All this talk about cutting others along with SS...you don't cut what might get some value in return (trade, picks, comp picks, etc.). Kickers are for the most part interchangeable and change teams all the time.

You can teach this new kid to be more accurate over time, but you can't teach leg strength. Later SS.

BTW, can't wait for the day LL no longer wears burgundy and gold, but we should get something for him.

Posted by: fzone | December 8, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Owner Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, decided to make a change at the position after Suisham...."

4th- [Congrats on the imminent arrival, btw]
Is this what you're referring to about JReid getting a bit "salty?" It's just a statement of fact...the deciderers, Dan and Vinny, decidered. No salt added.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 8, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

18 of 21 FGs is a good stat. On one of the misses, Zorn froze him. Still, twice in the last 3 weeks, with the game on the line, Suisham missed -- and clutch kicking is an important part of the job. The other main consideration, his kickoffs, were nothing special.

So we get 4 weeks to look at another kicker who may be an upgrade. Seems like a good decision.

Still, those who blame Suisham for the loss are reaching as well. It wasn't just Suisham who failed vs the Saints.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 8, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The man was 18 for 21 field goals, and they cut him??? He had improved significantly since last season, as well. Doesn't seem deserved to me.

Posted by: ihave4ducks | December 8, 2009 1:36 PM |

How many of those 18 won a game in the clutch? How many of the 3 misses lost a game in the clutch?

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 8, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 8, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Landry, Sellers, et al have other responsibilities. Yes, they made crucial errors, but they also performed other roles.

Siusham had one job - kick. And he didn't get it done.

The comparisons to Sellers and Landry are groundless.

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 8, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

TheCork wasn't this the game to see if he could recover? Since he missed a 39 yarder in Dallas. So, the answer is no he can't recover.

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

As soon as he missed, almost everyone in that stadium knew what was coming.

Now we have another Brooks experiment at a key skill position

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 8, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I just knew they would do this. The kid is still young--I hope he comes back and bite this team in the @ss. I am so fed up with Snyder's knee jerk fantasy football mentality when it comes to running this football team. If you're going to cut him, then cut him after the season. What possible good is it to do it now? When Gano misses some kicks, are you going to cut him too?

Posted by: nuzuw | December 8, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Actually, might as well use the rest of the season as tryouts/position battles

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 8, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Should've waited until the end of the season and cut him with every one else!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | December 8, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Tony Dungy said he would have cut him right on the spot, I guess he has a fantasy football knee jerk reaction as well.

Get that crap out of here, I doubt Snyder had anything to do with this Vinny and Zorn made this call.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 8, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey Zorn, don't brag you're next to go. You suck as much as you claimed Suisham did.

Posted by: memyselfI1 | December 8, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

This is an unnecessary decision - unless the Skins honestly believe Gano is an upgrade. Perhaps this is a bet to prepare for next year and get him experience, but I feel like its a scapegoat move.

Posted by: jesstyr | December 8, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

How about we cut Cerrato and Snyder?

Posted by: john24 | December 8, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

SS got released because he couldn't make the cluch kicks, well what about JC17 the last 4 games he played okay too start the game but at the end of the game when we need a cluch drive he never delivere just look at the cowboy game we held them score less till 3 min left in the 4th Tony Romo took his team down and scored a touchdown, and DM5 and DB did the same at the end of game 4 there team,that's what u call cluch! So Until we get a QB that make plays at the end of games we will b a 3-13 team 4 a long time,just like the past 10 years'

Posted by: akprotv | December 8, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth: "We've all got to do our job. I can't really say anything. We've got to do what we're here to do."

Haynes (Not) worth anything criticizing Suisham: Hahahahahaha from a WIMP who laid on the field with his hurt ankel giving the Saints a catch their breath time out.

albert, shut up you $100,000,000 wussy.

Posted by: memyselfI1 | December 8, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth: "We've all got to do our job. I can't really say anything. We've got to do what we're here to do."

Haynes (Not) worth anything criticizing Suisham: Hahahahahaha from a WIMP who laid on the field with his hurt ankle giving the Saints a catch their breath time out.

Albert, shut up you $100,000,000 wussy.

Posted by: memyselfI1 | December 8, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

too little too late. kickers are a dime a dozen. someone should of been cut after the lion's game, and i mean a starter. and let everyone know that all jobs are on the line.

Posted by: mdoughtie22 | December 8, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TWISI | December 8, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. Need we count how many mistakes, errors and abject incompetence Campbell has given us during the course of this season? Campbell out: NOW.

Posted by: ebenezercrabbe | December 8, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse


Gano can kick but can also punt:

Career Highlights:

* As a senior Graham was awarded the nation's top honor for a placekicker when he won the Lou Groza Award and presented the trophy live on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show

* Graham 24 of 26 field goals in 2008 while leading the nation in field goals per game (2.18) and leading all kickers scoring 9.55 points a game

* Made a school-record 18 straight field goals, tied for the national lead in field goals made (24) and led the country with five made kicks from at least 50 yards

* Duirng the last year of his career at Florida State, Graham was asked and slated to become the first player in school history to handle all of the kicking duties - consisting of punting, placements and kickoffs - for the 2008 season

* Named the top punter in the ACC by the Sporting News

* Has been Florida State's punter (42.1 yards per punt average) and handled all of the kickoff duties (39 touchbacks on 157 punts) in the last two seasons (2006 and 2007)

Posted by: Jim31 | December 8, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: akprotv | December 8, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

If Suisham threw 15 TDs this season we wouldn't mind if he missed a FG.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 8, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"PFT is reporting that along with cutting kicker Shaun Suisham, the Redskins have also cut starting safety Laron Landry a high first round pick in the 2006 draft, as well as starting Fullback Mike Sellers."

Please forgive my ignorance or naivete in assuming that this is a joke. What is PFT?

Posted by: seltzer1 | December 8, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I aplaud the move to cut Suisham. He definately has proven repeatedly that he cannot kick under pressure. He definate CHOKED and shanked a 23 yd FG to beat the Saints for all the world to see. Zorn should have cut him on the spot. A lot of posts are saying that Kareem Moore also choked on a critical play when he was stripped of the ball for a TD. Actually Moore made a clutch play and intercepted Dree Brees, it was just a great play by Meachum. Gano was the best kicker in college last year, Suisham the worst kicker in the pros. A move that HAD to be made.

Posted by: VegasJim | December 8, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure V will look-ahead to April. You know, so he can take two kickers with draft picks.

Posted by: kenreed1 | December 8, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I was amused to hear that Jason Campbell thought that Drew Brees was an awesome quarterback. I got a suggestion for you JC, the one clear intangible that separates neanderthals like you from all pro quarterbacks such as Drew,Brady, Manning,Bret and many others is "HEART" and leadership skillz, something you lack. WoW!!Zorn cut the kicker, am actually in shock!!any man with some pride would cut his own sorry behind right along with his sorry quarterback, somebody please wake me up when this bunch leaves town.

Posted by: zimife1999 | December 8, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Snyder and Cerrato continue to make questionable decisions. I don't see this changing. I am starting to question whether I want to remain a Redskins fan.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | December 8, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Hank forget the other people's stuff. People should be judged on their own invididual performances. Just looking at Suisham's body of work, it's been well below average -- he was the worst kicker in the NFL last year. So he gets cut loose. How hard is this to understand? As for everyone else, Zorn is gone in a month, Landry will probably be benched if his terrible play keeps up, etc. But Suisham is responsible for himself, and he couldn't get it done, so he gets shown the door...

Posted by: mattylight | December 8, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Actually for 2009, he is 12th in the league based on percentage of total field goals converted, tied for 13th for number of field goals made, tied 15th for number of field goals attempted, tied for 27th for longest FG made (48 yrds). He has gone 5-5 on FG 40-49 yds, 5-6 on 30-39, 8-9 on 20-29, and of course 0-1 50+.

He is last in the league in XP % at 95.2% Carney from NO is a few points above him at 96.2 of course Carney went 50-52 XPs. But Carney and Suisham are 4.8 and 3.8 % worse then Matt Bryant who went 1 for 1 with Atlanta.

Maybe I am misreading the Statistics but it seems Suisham had a leg and could get the job done. Gano I am sure will right the ship. He did go 13 of 16 FG and 20 for 20 in the UFL.

Posted by: Hank4 | December 8, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

This had to be done. What do we have to lose? Gano's audition starts this Sunday. Just like everyone else on the roster. The Kid hasa a strong leg. Maybe we can get a touchback or two?

Hail! Go Skins!

Posted by: bricklacey | December 8, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I've got a bad feeling about this.

Or maybe it's just that I don't remember what a "good feeling" feels like.

Either way, Suisham has been inadequate the whole time.

And WHO CARES if Landry misses tackles and forgets to cover the deepest receiver!

I mean, he's got very muscular arms and intriguing post-play poses and gestures, so, he's definitely a keeper.

Talk about accountability! Kickers beware! The Redskins can tolerate incompetence anywhere BUT in the kicking game (not including punt returns, obviously).

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 8, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The man was 18 for 21 field goals, and they cut him??? He had improved significantly since last season, as well. Doesn't seem deserved to me.

Posted by: ihave4ducks | December 8, 2009 1:36 PM |

What do you not understand about the fact he directly lost us 2 games this year?

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 8, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Can Cerrato PUHLEAZE be next??????

Posted by: wagenstill | December 8, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow this is complete BS! Suisham was 18 for 21, when our offense couldn't score who did? Suisham. Utterly ridiculous to make him into the scapegoat. What about Sellers and Campbell??? Our 4 turnovers??? I mean are you freaking kidding me?

Cerato is a fool. So you get Gano from LV for the UFL? Seriously, I can't wait to see his kicks. Please prove me wrong. I feel terrible for Suisham and any NFL kicker who gets fired for one missed field goal in a game we should have one without him.

Posted by: Babeeornge | December 8, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

sickaboutit,

I hate Dan Snyder as much as the next person, but he did not cut David Akers. Norv Turner cut him in 1998 after just one game- and I thought it was well deserved considering that he badly missed two 40+ yard field goals and had a kickoff that was so short that it was returned for a TD. This happened indoors at the Seattle Kingdome. If you told me that day that Akers would eventually be a Pro Bowl kicker, I would have told you to stop smoking weed.

Brett Conway was the Skins' placekicker on the last day of the 1998 season- which was still owned by JKC's estate at the time.

Posted by: mgonter | December 8, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

One of the most famous field goals in NFL history was made by Groza to win the championship for the Browns in the early fifties. The Browns intentionally ran a play to position the ball exactly in the center of the field. The Redskins should have done the same. He missed it by a small margin because the ball was at the right hash mark. The Redskins obviously were not trying to score. They ran three very routine running plays. I blame the coaching.If they were not going to try to score they could at least have gotten the ball centered like for an extra point. I sat at that end zone and was thoughly disgusted when it was obvious that they were not going to try to get at touchdown. It appeared that they were afraid that Campbell would screw up.

Posted by: sportsfan2 | December 8, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Suisham used to be a Cowboy...I say good GD riddance! There was a time when that alone would have made him ineligible to ever be a Redskin to begin with. Oh, for the return of the Diron Talbert mentality. George Allen...RIP.

seltzer1 -- PFT is Pro Footbal Talk
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Posted by: landrmc | December 8, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

While I'm saying that the missed field goal isn't important, I'm obviously in a minority in thinking that this will solve the Redskins problems. If the team is dependent on winning games by field goals..., then there are more serious issues; especially after the kicker kicked field goals earlier in the game. To me what's more important is "After Suisham's miss, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees quickly directed a 33-second, five-play, 80-yard drive that ended on his 53-yard touchdown pass in the middle of the field to uncovered wide receiver Robert Meachem."

Yes, the kicker should have made the kick. Just as all quarterbacks should complete all throws, and all defensive players should stop their man or down the quarterback - every time. Right?

To me it's not the kicker, and yes I'd keep the kicker; it's the defense in this case. The defense, with less than two minutes to play, with a seven point lead (even though it could have been a 10 point lead), with the other team having no time outs left, should have stopped the Saints. No one is suggesting "fire the defensive coordinator"? No one is suggesting "fire the defensive players"? Instead, the sole problem/solution is "fire the kicker"?

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Posted by: Dungarees | December 8, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what the problem is...Suisham couldn't hit the 23-yarder to put the Skins at least two possession up. He failed at Dallas and struggles with kickoffs. Sure he was 18 for 21 (or whatever) but as a player you want your kicker to be clutch whether it's a 23-yarder or a 50-yarder...look at the successfull teams and you have good kickers. Suisham will show up elsewhere in the NFL so don't cry for him.

They should have addressed this along with the offensive line long ago but typically Skin management go for the big names in top positions forgetting the basic fundamentals of football...line control, ball control and field position.

Posted by: impact32 | December 8, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm so over this team and their stupid decisions!

Posted by: Lisa_R | December 8, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Why is this a stupid decision? Even Tony Dungy would've cut him. This team showed they want accountability with this move. It's a smart move. I don't know what I would do if he missed another critical kick. His kickoffs have been poor as well.

Posted by: rachel216 | December 8, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Suisham is not the primary cause of the loss to the Saints. Ron Landry is. He is in his fouth year, a seasoned veteran, but he is playing his position like a rookie. He got suckered twice on a QB pump pass fake twice: in just two plays he handed the Saints 14 points. Suisham's kick should have been irrelevant.

As god is my judge, I had a premonition when I saw Suisham line up on that right hash mark. I didn't like it. Tacking on 3 was critical at that point in the game. The smart coaching decision would have been to ensure a kick from the center of the hashes on THIRD down. Kick it or game it for an offsides. But if Suisham kicks it from the center the Redskins win.

I am available for consideration for the Redskins Head Coaching job. Practices will not be fun for O line (Hogs) and D line (Hammers). There will be daily sled races, and it will pay to be a winner. No body will run on the Skins, and the Skins will run on everybody. A "Dexter Manley" will be drafted, bought or traded for. Excusable mistakes will be corrected; inexcusable mistakes (Landry) will not be tolerated. The bus to Buffalo will always be idling. Mr. Snyder will sign the checks he is told to sign and be confined to his booth where he can work on his Super Bowl speech.

That is all.

Posted by: Zigster | December 8, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone question the firing of a kicker that missed a 28-yard FG to seal a victory against the best offensive team in the league? You may hate the redskins front office and everything they stand for but you'll be wrong to let that hate cloud your judgement. Suisham's fate was sealed the moment he missed that kick. His only saving grace would have been the offense giving him another chance to win it. That didn't happen so he's on his way out. That's just how kickers work in the NFL. You could be 99% accurate but if that 1% your team the superbowl, better believe you'll be cut the next day.

Sure LaRon got beat. Twice. But the Redskins, for better or worse, are too invested in him to cut him summarily.

Posted by: tundey | December 8, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I will personally miss the kickoffs out of bounds penalties. I Also will miss never getting touchbacks and never seeing a 50 yard field goal attempt.

Posted by: wewbank1 | December 8, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Nothing personal, but miss that and you gotta
go. Otherwise, he'd be getting the evil-eye from everyone in the locker room. He'll get a fresh start somewhere else.

Posted by: Donald8 | December 8, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I think the missed kick was just the straw that broke the camel's back. His misses at Dallas had a big part to do with even being in a position to lose the game and his kickoffs had been terrible the last few games. I doubt that Snyder and Vinny ever forgot the critical miss in Seattle during the playoff game two seasons ago in the 4th quarter that swung momentum. The Redskins knew he was gone after the season and saw the opportunity to give a young kicker a four-game tryout. Maybe Geno will turn out to be our long-term solution so no harm in trying him out.

Cerrato also wanted to show Snyder that he would make a tough move on a guy who didn't perform to help save face after not upgrading the kicking game in the offseason. It's no coincidence that all of the top contenders every year (Indy, NE, San Diego, Philly, NY) have reliable kickers that can be counted on to make crucial kicks. It didn't surprise me that Suisham choked after seeing what happened in Dallas two weeks earlier.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 8, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@Dungarees: Missing a 28-yard FG in crunch time in inexcusable. It's also inexcusable to get beat twice on the same move but it's hard to dump contracts of first-round safeties. Besides, kickers are a dime a dozen. Top flight safeties aren't.

Also, cutting Suisham now gives us the rest of the season to evaluate a new kicker in real action (as opposed to those pressure-less kicking competitions).

Posted by: tundey | December 8, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Imagine, he missed 2 attempts to bury a hated divisional rival and he choked on both. He had another chance to put away the best offense in the league and he choked. For a team that's 3-9, you don't get too many clutch situations and for your kicker to miss them all is saying something. Especially since he was so good without pressure. So he obviously has the talent but not the heart to come through under pressure.

Posted by: tundey | December 8, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

How anyone could say Landry is the cause of the loss and not "solely" Suisham is an absolute nut. Yes Landry got beat badly twice, but how many plays "did" he make in the game compared to Suisham. I could understand if he missed field goals in the high 40 range, but an extra point and a 28 yarder are High School range Chipshots that anyone on the blog could hit with a weeks practice. This has become the norm with this guy. He easily caused us the Dallas game last week also. He is very consistent when nothing is at stake, but when the game is on the line, he doesn't get it done.

Posted by: vze2bnyf | December 8, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The problem I have is the skins should have gone for it since they had 1st and goal at the 4. They should not have left this up to this kid. Football should be agressive not passive. This is why we lose so many games.

Landry should be benched for his bad play this year and move him to SS next year. He aint no Sean Taylor.

Posted by: helpmyskins | December 8, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

This is Albert Haynesworth suggesting that "We've all got to do our job. I can't really say anything. We've got to do what we're here to do."

Oh Albert, try staying on your own 2 feet for a complete game without the need of a training staff helping you off the field.

Posted by: captainpippi | December 8, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Well thanks for telling me what PFT is and where it can be found. At 2:59 p.m. it was reporting that Portis has now been placed on IR. But it looks to me that the rumor about Landry and Sellers was indeed intended to be a (sarcastic?) joke.

Posted by: seltzer1 | December 8, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

This is all well and good, but the Skins lost a few 10-point leads in this particular game. Whose fault was that? The only fault Suisham has is that he doesn't handle pressure very well, but it wasn'tis fault that they eventually lost the game. One person does not lose the game. Had they all been doing what they should have been doing and making the plays they should have been making then it wouldn't have come down to a field goal attempt. Who will they blame next time??

Posted by: aktotlykrzy | December 8, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

What do you not understand about the fact he directly lost us 2 games this year?

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 8, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Directly Lost" is a fascinating concept. Based on your assertion that Suisham "Directly Lost us 2 games" we can all assume you are speaking of the Saints and the Cowboys game. If I am wrong let me know.


SS missed two FGs in that game, a 39yd with 15 Secs in first half and a 50 yd with 7 Minutes left in the game.
Both long before the final second and long before the final score was tallied.

SS in NO we already know missed a chip shot with under 2 minutes and up 7 points.
Again before the final second and before the final score was tallied.

But under your postulate that he “directly lost” any play made at anytime in a game is a “directly lost” happening and can be attributed to a lone individual who has the most direct control over the outcome.

In Dallas we could just as easily say that Zorn, Lewis, or whoever calls the Offensive plays “directly lost” the game. They chose with 15 seconds left in the first half to not even try to get a touch down before settling for a field goal. If you recall the great majority of fans and every pundit including the Management’s own Larry Michael questioned that. Yes SS missed the FG, before the end of the first Half. But Zorn made the call, so he “Directly Lost” right?
And for the 2nd Half 50 yd FGA does not the same argument hold? At 7 Mins left they try a 50 yd FG. So the coaches who are paid to be smarter than all of us in these matters determined that a 1-5 chance with 7 minutes left had a better chance than kick away and stop. You can trust they made the right call and SS “directly lost” the game, if you want. Or you can presume that with 7 minutes left the Redskins should have been able to get another shot.

Now as for NO, he missed a chip shot. The Defense ranked 9th overall and 5th against the pass with 2 mins left could have “directly lost” the game. But they can not because they are a unit and your “directly lost” means one person. So did Haynesworth “directly lost” by getting injured and giving NO a Time Out? No, he did not “mean” to do it. But what about Landry, he did bite on the 53 yd completion right? So his mistake would give him credit for “Directly lost.”
And if you still after thinking about these SS “Directly Lost” moments say its on him then you ignore Albright’s contribution to the miss. He himself in interviews has said he snapped high and that made it extremely difficult to kick. So did Albright achieve “Directly Lost” status?

The point is “Directly Lost” might apply when the game situation is 3 seconds left down by 1 and the ball is dead center on the 15 yard line, the snap the hold is all perfect and the kick goes wide. This isn’t golf where only the Striker and the ball are in play. Bottom line this is a move to make Fans think Mgmt is trying.

Posted by: Hank4 | December 8, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Yes Virginia,we got an early X-Mas present!!!! The Skin's did what Suisham ,could'nt ,and KICKED him to the curb!!!!Suisham is surprised?Hey Suisham,its the 3 points you missed calling ,don't be!!!

Posted by: lnyk | December 8, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"Why is this a stupid decision?...".

Posted by: rachel216

Because this is the same kicker they had last year. If they wanted to go a different direction they should have addressed it in the off season. Instead they kept him. Then they fired him mid-season after a game in which several players had issues. I don't have an issue with getting rid of Suisham, I have an issue with getting rid of Suisham now. It sends the wrong message and undermines their credibility.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | December 8, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I heard they weren't going to fire Suisham, just take away his kicking duties...

Posted by: lifelongfan1 | December 8, 2009 12:59 PM |

Well played, sir!

Posted by: stevebeagrie | December 8, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Should have fired Snyder and his mini-me crony, maybe let the kicker stay...but then again, as a Cowboy/Saints fan, I am happier with this outcome.

Posted by: JCM-51 | December 8, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

If we're going to start dumping non-performers, No. 17 should have been the first to go. How many games would come down to a field goal if we had a mobile quarterback who could find open receivers and not fumble or throw interceptions? We desperately need a quarterback; my hopes rest on Colt Brennan being healthy next year. The person who really needs to get dumped first is Daniel Snyder, followed closely by Vinnie Cerrato. Jim Zorn deserves better than he's gotten here!

Posted by: keystone1942 | December 8, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Good teams get the details down right most of the time and win. Bad teams badly coached mess up on the details and lose their leads and when it counts. Bad management fires the scapegoat before taking responsibility for creating this mess. To paraphrase William Shakespeare:

The fault, dear Snyder and Cerrato,
is not in our stars,
but in ourselves,
that we are underlings.

Posted by: prcmd | December 8, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

my hopes rest on Colt Brennan being healthy next year.

Posted by: keystone1942 | December 8, 2009 4:55 PM


Really???

Posted by: CBT2 | December 8, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Snyder - Fire yourself (and Cerrato)- you will finally get applause for a good move.

Posted by: jfl1941 | December 8, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Poor Suisham - I'm sure he's kickin himself right about now....

Posted by: pwflew1 | December 8, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Yea Suisham choked.So why didnt you go for the end zone.Why didnt you throw the ball at least once to try to get the TD instead of setteling for a fieldgoal or a chance of a missed fieldgoal wich happend.The season was over when we lost to the Lions what the H_ _ _ do you got to lose.You got to have guts you cant be so conservative. Thats been the problem with the Redskins for years,even when Gibbs was here.If you dont have faith in your QB get him out of there.If I was coach he would of been out of there a long time ago.Id be playing this Bartel kid just to see what he could do.Maybe this guy is another Tom Brady. Will we ever know.

Posted by: shadow13 | December 8, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Yea Suisham choked.So why didnt you go for the end zone.Why didnt you throw the ball at least once to try to get the TD instead of setteling for a fieldgoal or a chance of a missed fieldgoal wich happend.The season was over when we lost to the Lions what the H_ _ _ do you got to lose.You got to have guts you cant be so conservative. Thats been the problem with the Redskins for years,even when Gibbs was here.If you dont have faith in your QB get him out of there.If I was coach he would of been out of there a long time ago.Id be playing this Bartel kid just to see what he could do.Maybe this guy is another Tom Brady. Will we ever know.

Posted by: shadow13 | December 8, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

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