Shanahan: Graham Gano’s field goal kick as too low

November 1, 2011

After starting the season on shaky footing, second-year placekicker Graham Gano seemed to put those struggles behind him and entered Sunday’s game having gone three straight games without a miss.

The good fortune ran out against the Bills, however, when Gano had a 49-yard attempt blocked during the first half of Washington’s 23-0 defeat.

Long-snapper Nick Sundberg said after the game that he believed the Bills had blocked the kick because they lined up in an unusual formation that left someone unaccounted for. But after reviewing the game film, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said missed blocking assignments weren’t to blame. Gano’s kick simply was too low.

“It was more of a low kick than anything,” Shanahan said. “Their defensive line, there wasn’t a guy that was scot-free. I would say normally that ball is much higher in field goals [and] extra points. Usually a guy in that position doesn’t block a field goal. The kick was a little bit lower than normal.”

It marked the third time in 15 attempts that Gano had a field goal blocked. He has missed two other field goal attempts.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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