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Graham Gano lifts his head and misses crucial kick

A day after he first made, then missed, a 52-yard field goal that would have won the game in overtime, Washington Redskins kicker Graham Gano said he expected Houston Texans Coach Gary Kubiak to call a timeout in order to ice him, and he reiterated the idea that he became "too relaxed" when he attempted the kick a second time.

Gano's miss came on the Redskins' only overtime possession of Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Texans. He said the operation on the play - the snap and hold - were solid.

"I was a little too relaxed," Gano said. "Just as confident as ever. Still am. But I think I -- just being so relaxed and so confident, I kind of lifted my head up in excitement to try and see where the kick went, and that's something that next time I'll know not to do. I think it's never good when it happens, but it's better that it happened now rather than when we're in the playoffs."

Gano said lifting his head can throw off the mechanics of a kick.

"Any time you pick your head up, it throws your whole body off," he said. "Your shoulders will go one way and everything. It's such a little thing, but it makes such a big difference."

Gano said that when he first lined up to attempt the would-be game-winner, he knew Kubiak would call timeout, a strategy employed by almost all coaches in recent years on long, game-winning kicks.

"I can hear them blowing the whistle," Gano said. "I knew they were going to call it anyways. Every coach does it. It's something you expect. We practice that as well. Coach does it. He's done it for the past two weeks in practice. It's to be expected."

Gano added that he was not surprised Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan didn't employ the same strategy on Neil Rackers's eventual 35-yarder that won the game.

"I mean it's such a short field goal," Gano said. "It's kind of a gimme. There's no easy kicks in the NFL, but it's a 35-yarder. You'd hate for him to miss it the first time and give him another chance."

Of equal importance was Gano's earlier miss from 29 yards, when tight end Fred Davis allowed Texans defensive back Bernard Pollard to come around the end and block the kick. Gano is now 4 of 6 on the year. He has missed from 29 and 52 yard, and hit from 41, 27, 49 and 29 yards.

"I think it's a good thing that I'm so relaxed and I'm so confident," Gano said. "But at the same time, I never want to miss a kick. I'm disappointed. I think I'm more disappointed than anybody."

By Barry Svrluga  | September 20, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
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Comments

pabrian2003

"I believe we are a 4-12 team until otherwise proven."


The Texans whooped the Super Bowl losing Colts a week ago.

And we took the Texans to the brink yesterday.

And from this, you glean enough information to say this year's redskin team is not worthy of more than 4 wins?

C'mon, bro', the Devil's Advocate position is just not working for me.

I see a 9-7, 10-6 team once the defense jells.

And it will.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 20, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Thats Strike 1 buddy

Posted by: CheyenneWY | September 20, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame Onions at all. We probably lose to Dallas if he doesn't crush the kick last week, and he ices the game this week if Davis sticks his arm out, or hits the game winner if Kubiak doesn't pull his b!tch move.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 20, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"I think it's a good thing that I'm so relaxed and I'm so confident," Gano said. "But at the same time, I never want to miss a kick. I'm disappointed. I think I'm more disappointed than anybody."

You're not more disappointed than I am!

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 20, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that the whole freaking team got a little too relaxed yesterday. Methinks that we are going to take it out on STL on Sunday

Posted by: CheyenneWY | September 20, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm not mad at him for missing a 52 yarder after being iced. From that distance, most kickers will only make it about 30-40% of the time.

Posted by: Thundershock | September 20, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Keep ya head down Grammy!

Posted by: Predator48 | September 20, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

mistamayor

"Of equal importance was Gano's earlier miss from 29 yards, when tight end Fred Davis allowed Texans defensive back Bernard Pollard to come around the end and block the kick."

The play calling in that drive annoys me more than the missed kick.

We must throw the ball into the end zone and no be so accepting of field goals.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 20, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I still see us as an 8-8 team this year, which doubles our wins from last season. I don't think 8-8 is bad given how badly the team has been managed under Vinny and given how touch our schedule is. We might get to 9-7 given some good luck, but we might also fall to 7-9 given some bad luck (how is T. William's knee?). Next year, we'll be contenders.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 20, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Been impressed with Gano thus far, but over 50 yds is usually a 50-50 crapshoot for most NFL kickers (except Suisham), so not much fault there..Davis's blown block was a brainfart of a higher order..

Sorely need a new RB, Torian should be called up soon-how about trading a certain somethin'-somethin' for one of Chris Johnson's backups??

Posted by: frak | September 20, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"It seems to me that the whole freaking team got a little too relaxed yesterday."

Yep, it was all "Celllllllllllllabrate good time....." but the only thing is they, the Redskins, forgot the game is played in 60, not 45 minutes.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 20, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"Exactly Beans!......................."


Beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot. The more you toot, the better you feel, so let's have beans at every meal.

OR

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you fart. The more you fart, the more you eat, the more you sit on the toilet seat.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 20, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

So relaxed huh??? I guess we're lucky you didn't fall asleep and you actually got the kick off at all you TOOL!!!
Can I get you anything to make you MORE relaxed and comfortable??? Grapes, maybe fan you? Maybe a blumpkin from Poopy, or Albert_Haynesworth, whichever User ID he's on currently.....

Posted by: monk811 | September 20, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

It's been two games and still waiting to see legit running game show up. Pretty soon teams with better D's than Tex will start to adjust their D schemes if they already haven't. You may say that it was that way in Philly, but a least they had a Westbrook until he broke down and now they have what is starting to look like the real McCoy.

Posted by: MrRed | September 20, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh and hessone enjoys dingleberries in his cereal in the morning.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 20, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Cant disagree with his explanation of the mechanics. Just pick your head up next time you swing at a golf ball... I like Gano and think he has potential long term. Especially, with the job he did on KOs...

Posted by: Club320 | September 20, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I see a 9-7, 10-6 team once the defense jells.

And it will.

Posted by: MistaMoe

That game reminded me of the no-defense shootouts that Sonny used to always have with his 6-8 teams..May the Gods of Pro Football say you are right..

Posted by: frak | September 20, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

GG = million $ leg, $.10 head

Posted by: MrRed | September 20, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

this game reminded me of when Neil Lomax played for the Cards, and Roy Green would tear us up, or that time I think Boomer Esiason went for over 500 on us....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse


I like a good poop joke now and then

Posted by: PlayAction | September 20, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, every now and then, not every 10 minutes.

Posted by: monk811 | September 20, 2010 1:52 PM |

cosign

Posted by: hessone | September 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

But Buchanon also offered the best response to the whole doom-and-gloom vibe of the media, players, and everyone else in the locker room: "It's one game," he said. "We've got fourteen more games left. Last time I checked, we signed up for sixteen. It's one game. We're 1-1."

Nuff said.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

frak

"That game reminded me of the no-defense shootouts that Sonny used to always have with his 6-8 teams..May the Gods of Pro Football say you are right..."

The defense's real test, actually, comes this weekend when we face a rookie quarterback.

A solid vet defense should shut down the rams as the redskin O puts points up on the board.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 20, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Skins game on in Baltimore again this week...three weeks in a row...wow...whats going on here?

Posted by: PlayAction | September 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

who "cosigns" blog posts on the internet anyways?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The defense's real test, actually, comes this weekend when we face a rookie quarterback.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 20, 2010 2:09 PM |

The Ramsters? You have got to be kidding. A real test would be against a team like the Colts or the Packers.

Posted by: MrRed | September 20, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"Doughty is a free safety? Now I've heard it all. Heck why not just put him in at QB or RB while we at it. Just because we put him in at FS doesn't mean he's a free safety. You're making the mistake of thinking that the scheme in infallable and always correct. Nobody in their right mind thinks that Reed Doughty is a free safety. The only free safety we have on the roster is out with an injury until next week.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17"

So what you're saying is Doughty shouldn't be blamed for his shortcomings because he's being asked to do things that he's not capable of doing.

*sigh*

Great. I'm so glad we have him on this team. It's always valuable to have a defensive back that can't cover 1 v 1, can't be used in double coverage over the top, isn't useful in man-to-man schemes, isn't useful in zone coverage schemes, and doesn't have the physical ability to play anywhere beyond 10 yards past the line of scrimmage.

Haslett should immediately switch up the scheme to mask all of Reed Doughty's weaknesses. After all, why wouldn't a coach want to build his defense around a player of Reed's magnitude?

Posted by: psps23 | September 20, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Just imagine all the flack Kubiak would have taken if Gano hit it the second time too. Passes up a 52 yarder from his own kicker while Shanny doesn't. That would have been classic

Posted by: ga8085 | September 20, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

D Hall's interview is up on redskins.com

He says he doesn't know how many times he lined opposite of AJ80...he just played the left side and he said Jacoby Jones was the only player who caught a ball on his side.

If that's the case, I guess we should be blaming Carlos for allowing both AJ and Walter to rack up 140+ in yards?

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 20, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Skins game on in Baltimore again this week...three weeks in a row...wow...whats going on here?

Posted by: PlayAction | September 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins are playing better than expected and the Ravens are playing worse. Baltimore is a fickle town.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 20, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Reality is. We're 1-1 when we win our fifth game then and only then are we really better than 4-12.

We got lucky against Dallas. They gave us a fluke TD and missed a FG. Offense did nada.

Last year we lost to the giants 16-7 without New Soupster and D Hall. If they gave us a TD and missed a FG we win 14-13.

Vs. Houston we played half a game "sturdy for thirty". That's weak and it's on the coaches IMO.

We don't look any better than we have since Gibbs left. We got lucky then we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

New Soup choked and missed a WIDE open TD. We were old and got older, but so far we aren't better. That's reality.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 20, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

who "cosigns" blog posts on the internet anyways?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop

Just shut up and poop already!

Posted by: Predator48 | September 20, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse


who "cosigns" blog posts on the internet anyways?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 20, 2010 2:12 PM |

cosign

Posted by: hessone | September 20, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Reality is. We're 1-1 when we win our fifth game then and only then are we really better than 4-12.

We got lucky against Dallas. They gave us a fluke TD and missed a FG. Offense did nada.

Last year we lost to the giants 16-7 without New Soupster and D Hall. If they gave us a TD and missed a FG we win 14-13.

Vs. Houston we played half a game "sturdy for thirty". That's weak and it's on the coaches IMO.

We don't look any better than we have since Gibbs left. We got lucky then we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

New Soup choked and missed a WIDE open TD. We were old and got older, but so far we aren't better. That's reality.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 20, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice the cluster shabingus by the 2 coaches in the final seconds of the 4th quarter?

Houston gets a short gain, in bounds, on 3rd down, to their own 36. Its 4th down and I'm waiting for Shanahan to call time out with 10-12 seconds left.

Houston can't go for the 1st down because if they miss, Skins have a FG shot for the win. Too risky. So they have to punt.

If the Skins call time out with 12 seconds left and go for an all out punt block attempt, there's enough time to block the kick and try a FG. If they miss, the ball simply rolls around and the clock runs out. Even a running into the kicker penalty would have left Houston too far out for a Hail Mary.

But Shanahan misses it. He calls the timeout with 3 seconds left. Meaning Houston just has to run out the clock by running a play that takes 3 seconds.

But Kubiak meses up, too. They run out the clock from punt formation, instead of having Schaub under center, drop back and throw it away downfield (or take a chance on an underneath play to his talented WRs or RB), easily eating up the 3 seconds -- without risking a long snap.

I've always wanted to see a team take the all out rush on a punt when there is essentially no risk. That was the case, but Shanahan waited too long for the time out.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 20, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Poopy_McPoop

Just shut up and poop already!

Posted by: Predator48 | September 20, 2010 2:18 PM |

cosign

Posted by: hessone | September 20, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Reality is. We're 1-1 when we win our fifth game then and only then are we really better than 4-12.

Wow. Mind-blowing analysis there.

Posted by: Predator48 | September 20, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

We got lucky against Dallas. They gave us a fluke TD and missed a FG. Offense did nada.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 20, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I prefer DC Bog's take on that. It wasn't a fluke. It's a natural advantage you have when you're playing against a Wade Phillips coached team. At least twice a game they're going to have a collective brain freeze and do something incredibly stupid and pointless. You just have to capitalize on it.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 20, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Well where do you think I was for a little while, oh about 10 minutes ago.

Had to drop the kids off at the pool for swim lessons.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 20, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I think Moe is saying that if they can't take care of business facing a rookie QB, then the handwriting maybe on the wall as to how this defense will play for the rest of the season.

Romo went for over 300 yards
Schaub went for 500 yards


If they let Bradford run up those numbers then this defense has some serious issues.

Which we know already anyway.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 20, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Tough game to swallow, but that home loss was better than any loss Razorweed-Head Zorn ever had here..We should have scalped him and made a scrubbing brush..Is McNabb not a serious upgrade??

Posted by: frak | September 20, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Why anyone attempts to engage pabrain in any sort of dialogue is beyond me.

Dude is a billy goat and is more of an annoyance than all of the trolls combined.

Everyone is singling out the jump ball but there were 10 other plays that would have changed our fate.

It was a 2 deep zone on 4th and 10 and 31 was supposed to carry AJ for the first 15 YDs and then turn him over to 37. That was the call by haslett, problem is 37 is a marginal player and AJ is an elite player.

As far as Hall, wasn't he also on the field when Schaub threw for half of a thousand yards?

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 20, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Tough game to swallow, but that home loss was better than any loss Razorweed-Head Zorn ever had here..We should have scalped him and made a scrubbing brush..Is McNabb not a serious upgrade??

Posted by: frak | September 20, 2010 2:28 PM
---------

hessone is real good at swallowing. Like Gianna Michaels-good.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 20, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Recap: It was all about Bruce Gradkowski. In a stunning development, Gradkowski took over for an ineffective Jason Campbell in the third quarter and led Oakland to 13 points and the victory. Oakland played better on both sides of the ball after Gradkowski came onto the field.

Where's the Campbell apologists now?

Posted by: Devo2 | September 20, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 20, 2010 2:17 PM

If you think we lost because of McNabb, and we're NOT better than we were last year, you should really quit watching football cause you have no idea what you're looking at.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 20, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

As far as Hall, wasn't he also on the field when Schaub threw for half of a thousand yards?

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 20, 2010 2:29 PM

That sounds like a lot!

Posted by: PlayAction | September 20, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Skins are still reeling at FS from the loss of ST..Kareem shows some promise, but he got injured and the rest of the safeties are more natural SSs..Can't blame Doughty too much, he's an SS, out of position against an absolute FREAK of a wide receiver , who we hardly ever see and have no experience with..I thought the coaches said they were going to use CBs more in the safety slots, yep, DeAngelo had a better chance against Android on that TD grab..

Posted by: frak | September 20, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

People seriously think we are a bad team? Even the Skins fans up here. Jesus H!

We played one of the most exciting games of the season so far. We looked unstoppable in the 1st half. Hey guess what: We have a quarterback now.

Even though we lost, I was thoroughly impressed by the team. When's the last time we saw an airshow like that?

It's over, it's just 1 game. We are still tied for 1st place in the division, and the Cowboys are 0-2, with 2 conference losses.

Luckily we were playing an AFC team, which will help us come December. Let's just beat up on the Rams Sunday, get confidence back going into the Eagles game.

We will be 3-1 by the end of week 4 and Dallas will be gasping for air.

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 20, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Athletic ability is set prior to making the NFL you can't change it. Doughty vs Andre Johnson c'mon ridiculi.

Thts why you need talent like portis haynesworth Thomas hall and these guys are notoriously pains in your neck.

Accept reality deal with it and act accordingly.

Or complain about every little mistake and every single word like a hopicritical cry baby (redskins insider)

sincerely, portis' burst

sidenote. Portis' burst pancaked the ish outta that DB

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 20, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Like others, I don't blame Gano for the missed field goals yesterday. In reference to another insider article, a 52 yarder probably has an expected value between 0 and 1.

Posted by: wwc4g | September 20, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Why would you say Fred Davis *allowed* Bernard Pollard to block the kick. Unless you have an agenda, are blind or haven't watch the tape...you can clearly see that Fred was left with blocking 2 people on that FG. Davis appropriately blocked the guy with the shorter path to the ball (i.e. the inside guy). Unfortunately, the outside (Pollard) was fast enough to block the kick. That's on the center, kicker and anyone else making line calls to realize that the Texans were overloaded to the right and adjust the protection accordingly.

Posted by: tundey | September 20, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Beeps Peeps

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 20, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Well where do you think I was for a little while, oh about 10 minutes ago.

Had to drop the kids off at the pool for swim lessons.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 20, 2010 2:23 PM |

Pinching a loaf?

Blowing mud?

Making a fresh pot of beef barley?

Taking a dump?

Dropping a gut grenade?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 20, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I agree with IH8dallas - the next two games are very winnable. Shanny isn't going to settle for a 7-6 Zorn-like win over the Rams. He's gonna put up 30 on St. Louis. Reid will do the Skins a favor and play Kolb. Skins have no reason not to be 3-1, unless Silverback is hurt worse than they're saying.

Posted by: coparker5 | September 20, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Gano can hang his head, but the one that was blocked would have also WON the game.

He didn't have anything to do with the 20 points the Defense gave up to take them into OT, nor the two non-brilliant running plays called by Kyle that killed a time eating drive.

The only reason Gano has to hang his head for today is praying before lunch.

Posted by: DaveMc1 | September 20, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse


Skins game on in Baltimore again this week...three weeks in a row...wow...whats going on here?

Posted by: PlayAction | September 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins are playing better than expected and the Ravens are playing worse. Baltimore is a fickle town.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 20, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Nah, it's because they were on at different times. I sent a nasty-gram email to Fox 45 last year for showing some BS game instead of the Skins game at the same time the Ravens played and that's the excuse they gave me. If the Ravens and Skins play at the same time, better hope CSN covers the Skins...or head to DC to watch the game.

Posted by: HTTR | September 20, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Call me crazy, but I really like this kicker!

Posted by: wbbradb | September 20, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm just as pizzed as the next guy at the outcome and blown win, but considering we could have and should have beat a team that practically everyone picked to beat us (and DID in week one against the Cryboys) I'm ok with where we're at right now.

Although, the secondary play is concerning as much as the D-line. If this D doesn't start gelling better, it could be a long year. Or a short year depending on the condition of your heart.

Couch potatoes be forewarned, you're heading for a massive coronary by Thanksgiving if we have to deal with these types of games every single week. Please Shanny, just one blowout!!! Is that too much to ask?!?

Posted by: HTTR | September 20, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Please Shanny, just one blowout!!! Is that too much to ask?!?

Posted by: HTTR

We'll all forget this loss if Shanny's team does the one thing that a Gibbs One team always did: Thump the teams you're supposed to thump. Starting with the Rams.

Posted by: NYPDee | September 20, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

NFL fans seem to be hung up on records, the "importance" of 2-0,3-0, etc. The past decade has been rough for Skins fans, its nice knowing that we have a team now that will at the very least be competitve every week.

Posted by: ncoxx002 | September 20, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

NFL fans seem to be hung up on records, the "importance" of 2-0,3-0, etc. The past decade has been rough for Skins fans, its nice knowing that we have a team now that will at the very least be competitve every week.

Posted by: ncoxx002 | September 20, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't anyone else think that waiting until the last second to call a time-out to distract a kicker is the most pathetic coaching move? It's like when a soccer player dives for a foul. Yes, it's legal, but something seems so wrong about it. I really think coaches that do that have no integrity.

Posted by: dnice2k | September 20, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I love Gano's attitude. I think he is going to be a very good kicker for us. The angled kickoffs are a little too close for comfort for me but it's worked so far.

Hail

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 21, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

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