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Posted at 3:41 PM ET, 12/13/2010

LaRon Landry to IR; Redskins will look at new kickers

By Barry Svrluga

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said strong safety LaRon Landry will be placed on season-ending injured reserve this week, another starter gone in a lost season, and the club will bring in candidates Tuesday who might replace kicker Graham Gano.

The kicking tryout will be held because Gano has sore ribs, not because he missed two short field goals in Sunday's disheartening 17-16 loss to Tampa Bay, Shanahan said.

"If he's full-speed, he'll be our kicker this week," Shanahan said at his Monday news conference at Redskins Park.

Shanahan said Landry will finally succumb to the Achilles' tendon injury that has kept him out of four straight games. Landry, having the best of his four pro seasons, was playing at an MVP-caliber level, Shanahan said. In nine games, Landry was in on 85 tackles, had one sack, forced one fumble and added an interception. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett frequently relied on him to blitz.

Shanahan said cornerback Carlos Rogers, who has missed three of the past four games with hamstring problems, should return Sunday, when the Redskins (5-8) play at Dallas.

Gano's misses on Sunday came from 25 and 34 yards, and he barely made another short field goal. He is now 22 of 32 on the year, and his success rate - 66.8 percent - leaves him 32nd in the NFL.

Still, Shanahan expressed confidence in the 23-year-old in the midst of Gano's first full NFL season.

"Graham right now is hurting a little bit with his ribs," Shanahan said. "It's not necessarily because we want to replace Graham. It's just because he's hurting. Still got a lot of confidence in him, even though he had a rough day. As I told him, I think it's more mental than anything else. I've watched him do it consistently in practice, even though he didn't obviously have a good game. I know he's very disappointed, we're very disappointed, but I've still got a lot of belief in him, so hopefully he can clear it up this week."

CSN Washington reported that former Maryland kicker Nick Novak, who previously has spent time with the Redskins, will be among the kickers who will try out.

By Barry Svrluga  | December 13, 2010; 3:41 PM ET
 
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Comments

might as well put rocky and banks on IR as well

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 13, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh, now his wittle ribbies are ache-y? Does wittle gano have a boo-boo, a little boo-boo ache-y on his wibbies?

Fhuck his ribs and fhuck his mental! Just make the gawddamn "gimmies" at least, DAMN!


Out of all the kickers that have passed through in the last few years, I remember Novak the fondest. He won a game while all the other stiffs have made it their business to kick the 'skins out of games.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 13, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Another season down the drain. My preseason prediction was 8-8 but that is looking very optimistic at this point.

This team needs a lot of help. Allen and crew have a lot of work to do this off season. The good news, this is expected to be a quality year for free agents. I just hope they spend wisely and bring in quality value guys.

An interesting off season indeed.

Posted by: Devo2 | December 13, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Landry to the IR. Man Shanahan is really punishing him..

Need to bring in some long snappers too. Cue the Shuisham and Albright nonsense from the shallow end of RI.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 13, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse


Landry to the IR. Man Shanahan is really punishing him..

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 13, 2010 4:02 PM |
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you're beating a dead horse 44

Posted by: hessone | December 13, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Count me among those (perhaps few?) not anxious to replace Gano. For starters, DC has proven to be a difficult place to kick FGs for everyone -- so its no surprise that he's down near the bottom in FG%. Adam Vinatieri is 18 for 18 in FGs this year vs the rest of the league. At FedEx, he was 2 for 4.

Part of the value of Robbie Gould is that he's able to make kicks in Chicago on a poor field for kickers. We need to understand that DC is rough for all kickers, not just ours. Heck, even Suisham is nailing kicks for Pittsburgh.

Gano is young, has good distance on kickoffs (and underrated part of the job ... if only we'd kickoff more often) and worth seeing if he can become a solid K over the next couple years.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 13, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Other than the $21 million signing bonus, now in dispute, how much more money are we on the hook for with Haynesworth?

Posted by: freakzilla | December 13, 2010 3:46 PM

Posted by: freakzilla | December 13, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I think the redskins will win the NFC east...in 2012

Posted by: zjenks | December 13, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Who are the first few players to be let go this off-season?

AH (Duh, but is he cut out right, or do they try to get anything at all in trade value?)
Clinton Portis - Hasn't been on the field for two years now.
Fred Davis - Too many drops
Derrick Dockery - Not a good fit for the zone scheme
Roydell Williams - No better than Galloway. Terrance Austin gets a good look.

Posted by: Devo2 | December 13, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

MVP? MVP? MVP? Playoffs? Playoffs?

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 13, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Out of all the kickers that have passed through in the last few years, I remember Novak the fondest. He won a game while all the other stiffs have made it their business to kick the 'skins out of games.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 13, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse
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He was one of the better ones, but if I recall he missed a few critical kicks himself.

The team should really just stick with Gano for another season and see if he improves. We've employed practically all of them it seems, so we might as well keep this one for a while and see if he gets better - look at Suisham - he's 9 for 9 this year w/ the Steelers and at 80.8% for his career now. We should have hung on to him, for heaven's sake.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | December 13, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Let's try and take some positives from this miserable team:

TW looks legit, and a long term solution.
Riley is a decent 4th round pick, could start in a year or 2.
Banks is a gem.
Keiland Williams is a good 3rd down back option
Torain could be the real deal, if he can stay healthy.
Armstrong could make a great slot receiver, althought def not a #1 or #2 option.

Im not crazy about McNabb, seems like a wash more or less from Jason Campbell.

Other than that we will probably have 25 new players next year, and probably be about a .500 team.

That being said, i think we are way more watchable than last year, and will be a legitimate team once we go through 2 more drafts.

Any thoughts?

Posted by: zjenks | December 13, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Other than that we will probably have 25 new players next year, and probably be about a .500 team.

That being said, i think we are way more watchable than last year, and will be a legitimate team once we go through 2 more drafts.

Any thoughts?


Posted by: zjenks | December 13, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse
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Way too inconsistent this year to be considered "watchable".

I'd personally give Shanny 2 more years of drafts and free agency to get his guys completely in place. We shouldn't have expected this to occur in one off-season, if anyone did (not me) although I am pretty disappointed that the team has regressed in seemingly all areas.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | December 13, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

We've employed practically all of them it seems, so we might as well keep this one for a while and see if he gets better - look at Suisham - he's 9 for 9 this year w/ the Steelers and at 80.8% for his career now. We should have hung on to him, for heaven's sake.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | December 13, 2010 4:13 PM

Suishan had a good percentage for the Skins, too... in fact, 18 of 21 (85.7%) when he was cut.

He was released because he choked in the clutch on game-winner/tying ones against the Saints and the Cowpies, two winnable games last year.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 13, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

devo, FDavis is the 3rd guy you're gonna cut, and based on drops...if thats the case then I guess you're cutting Cooley and Moss as well??

zj, banks needs to learn to put his heels on the 15 yd line, and anything that goes over his head to forget about...fielding a punt on the 5 yrd line was a mistake....

torain hasn't made it through an entire season staying healthy.....with him injuries are part of the deal....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 13, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Let's try and take some positives from this miserable team:

TW looks legit, and a long term solution.
Riley is a decent 4th round pick, could start in a year or 2.
Banks is a gem.
Keiland Williams is a good 3rd down back option
Torain could be the real deal, if he can stay healthy.
Armstrong could make a great slot receiver, althought def not a #1 or #2 option.

Im not crazy about McNabb, seems like a wash more or less from Jason Campbell.

Other than that we will probably have 25 new players next year, and probably be about a .500 team.

That being said, i think we are way more watchable than last year, and will be a legitimate team once we go through 2 more drafts.

Any thoughts?

Posted by: zjenks | December 13, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I'll second that. But I think we can make a push next year if we're able to get more solid on the interior of both lines. Especially at Center. I really hope Will Montgomery gets a good look there. He looks stronger than Casey.

On a wishful note, maybe, just maybe Big Mike Williams is healthy and is able to solidify the right guard, Will Montgomery steps in at center, they draft a solid left guard or Litchenstiger gets stronger at the point of attack, and Jammal Brown has one more year to recover from hip surgery.

Hey it's Christmas, we can dream can't we?

Posted by: Devo2 | December 13, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Count me among those (perhaps few?) not anxious to replace Gano. For starters, DC has proven to be a difficult place to kick FGs for everyone -- so its no surprise that he's down near the bottom in FG%. Adam Vinatieri is 18 for 18 in FGs this year vs the rest of the league. At FedEx, he was 2 for 4.

Part of the value of Robbie Gould is that he's able to make kicks in Chicago on a poor field for kickers. We need to understand that DC is rough for all kickers, not just ours. Heck, even Suisham is nailing kicks for Pittsburgh.

Gano is young, has good distance on kickoffs (and underrated part of the job ... if only we'd kickoff more often) and worth seeing if he can become a solid K over the next couple years.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 13, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Cosign, zce's.

Posted by: frediefritz | December 13, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

zjenks, nice to see someone with a positive take on what's going on for once. I agree with you. And I think we have a good coach and GM in place now and they will turn this thing around. But it will take time. Except for the Philly and NY blow-outs, they have been in every game this year, competitive. And I think Gano is a good kicker and they need to stick by him now. He had a bad day. It happens sometimes.

Posted by: theruffs | December 13, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

fwiw, on the Jason Campbell tracker, he posted his 5th game of the season with a 100 or more QB rating -- now 4-1 in such games after the 38-31 loss to Jax. Of note, the Raiders committed 2 turnovers and Campbell wasn't on the field either time (one on special teams, one after he got shaken up and his replacement for a few plays threw a pick).

Campbell has 3 outings with below a 50 rating and just 2 games with a QB rating between 50-100. So far in 2010, his completion % is down, his yds/attempt up, his INT rate and over all QB rating are similar to his career norms. Also up, not in a good way, is his frequency of taking sacks. OAK is 6-4 in the games Campbell has played.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 13, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Suishan had a good percentage for the Skins, too... in fact, 18 of 21 (85.7%) when he was cut.

He was released because he choked in the clutch on game-winner/tying ones against the Saints and the Cowpies, two winnable games last year.


Posted by: Alan4 | December 13, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse
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You're right, he did choke those two games away, but I still think they should have held on to him. Even Adam Viniteri has missed a game winner or two.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | December 13, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zcezcest1

If the field at Fed Ex really is a big part of the kicking problem, then that is yet another reason to blow that place up.

Maybe they should have Gano spend one day a week kicking at the stadium instead of Ashburn.

Posted by: NYPDee | December 13, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure that former UVa kicker Connor Hughes is available.....and I guarantee you he won't miss a 34 or 24 yarder either.

Sign him up!

Posted by: hoosit | December 13, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Ricky Schmitt! ...from Shepherd University is out there. Give him a tryout. He's already had a few tryouts, and has seen regular season NFL action in one game last year with the 49ers and placekicker. He's good and can really punt well too. It's nice to have a kicker who can really punt if the punter gets hurt and vice versa. If he gets a full time punter gig, he'd make a great emergency kicker. He can do it all.

Posted by: destewar | December 13, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

The smart move unfortunately is to just flush the season completely and pretend like the next 3 games are 2011 preseason games. Put all of your hurt starters on IR and use the last 3 games as tryouts for next season.

Posted by: unclelonghair | December 13, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Aside from the fact that the Skins set regular season scoring records the year they lost the Superbowl to the Raiders, they were really only 3 to 6 points better than most of the teams they played during the Gibbs (1) years. They had consistently good special teams play but they were also good at striking the end zone from 30 to 50 yards out. So the field goals count and should not have been missed. Stuff happens. If they scored more TDs wouldn't be a problem

Posted by: BenThere | December 13, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Amazingly patient with Gano. A lot of coaches would have tossed a kicker for missing two chip shots in one game. Parcells would have killed him with a glare after the second one.

How does a pro kicker miss those anyway? Ridiculous.

Posted by: Chigliak | December 13, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Yea Gano has sore ribs from the shower party after the game.

Posted by: mriley0223 | December 13, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Josh Czakowiski or however u spell that from NC State, hs my friends bro and is a senior this year, schools leading scorer, give him a look

Posted by: redskinfreak26a | December 13, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I kick conversions for my Rugby Club.
I'm good to about 45meters.
I've got a great drop-kick too.
My only nagging injuries are broken fingers and a torn tendon in my left thumb. C'mon Danny Boy, hook me up with some of that Snyder-Money!

Posted by: alecw81 | December 13, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I kick conversions for my Rugby Club.
I'm good to about 45meters.
I've got a great drop-kick too.
My only nagging injuries are broken fingers and a torn tendon in my left thumb. C'mon Danny Boy, hook me up with some of that Snyder-Money!

Posted by: alecw81 | December 13, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, now his wittle ribbies are ache-y? Does wittle gano have a boo-boo, a little boo-boo ache-y on his wibbies?

Fhuck his ribs and fhuck his mental! Just make the gawddamn "gimmies" at least, DAMN!

Posted by: RedDMV | December 13, 2010 3:58 PM

WTH is your problem? Could you show a little compassion for the guy? I'm not saying it was a big serious injury -- not that you or I really know -- but geez...

He's sorry he missed a couple field goals for your teamie-weamie, but maybe you should get an itty-bitty-lifey. Or were his actions somehow a personal affronty-wonty to you?

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | December 13, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I say do not replace Gano. There's other areas that are far more in need of a replacement. Looking back over the past few years, 'skins replace kickers frequently. Keep Gano & get other areas addressed. Don't waste time/money here but those other areas. Gano's first year, right?

PS: If anybody is fit enough to play in the NFL, they're in far better shape than most Americans and the "small" injuries to the NFL player would be a major injury to the average American. Keep it in proper perspective. Not the average joe on the street can jump into any NFL players' position. A lot of players are on the field with injuries "we" would be on the IR list with.

Posted by: davedeltawhiskeybravo | December 13, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

scabs in 2011!!! means we win another superbowl! lockout in the beginning, we bring in underpaid and over zealous ballers(opposite now), and we win another super bowl, like twice before.

Posted by: rigginsrocks | December 13, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

we are primed for a super bowl victory next year!!!! strike in 2011, we win with underpaid and over zealous ballers(unlike the opposite we have now), and go 3-0 in yet another strike year. Bring it on!!!

Posted by: rigginsrocks | December 13, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

we are primed for a super bowl victory next year!!!! strike in 2011, we win with underpaid and over zealous ballers(unlike the opposite we have now), and go 3-0 in yet another strike year. Bring it on!!!

Posted by: rigginsrocks | December 13, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

we are primed for a super bowl victory next year!!!! strike in 2011, we win with underpaid and over zealous ballers(unlike the opposite we have now), and go 3-0 in yet another strike year. Bring it on!!!

Posted by: rigginsrocks | December 13, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

we are primed for a super bowl victory next year!!!! strike in 2011, we win with underpaid and over zealous ballers(unlike the opposite we have now), and go 3-0 in yet another strike year. Bring it on!!!

Posted by: rigginsrocks | December 13, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

we are primed for a super bowl victory next year!!!! strike in 2011, we win with underpaid and over zealous ballers(unlike the opposite we have now), and go 3-0 in yet another strike year. Bring it on!!!

Posted by: rigginsrocks | December 13, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

btw, sorry for duplicate post, didnt register as sent here in the burgh.

Posted by: rigginsrocks | December 13, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: millerbrittney14 | December 14, 2010 3:17 AM | Report abuse

Screw Campbell and stop posting stats from x-Redskins. I'm tired of reading them and it means nothing for the future direction of this team. What's in the past, leave it alone zcezcest1. Geez, you'll be posting DT stats next, give it a break...

Posted by: TKing1 | December 14, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

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