Suisham's misses prove costly

Monday, November 23, 2009

Suisham's misses prove costly

Washington Redskins place kicker Shaun Suisham entered Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys a perfect 12 for 12 on field goal attempts this year. But after the Redskins' difficult 7-6 loss, Suisham spent time answering questions about his first two misses -- either of which could have won the game for the Redskins.

"I feel awful," Suisham said. "The guys worked so hard today. You got a tight game like that, and you miss a couple field goals, it's very frustrating and disappointing."

The first miss came well within Suisham's range, a 39-yarder at the end of the first half that Suisham hooked wide left. The play, though, came after a great deal of confusion in which the officiating crew took an inordinate amount of time to review whether Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell had thrown an incompletion before he stepped out of bounds on the prior play. The officials also seemed befuddled about whether they would then assess the Redskins a delay-of-game penalty.

After a delay of perhaps 10 minutes, Washington got the ball at the 21-yard line with 15 seconds left -- and Suisham missed for the first time this season. "That's no excuse to miss a kick," Suisham said. "It's different, yes, but it's certainly no reason to miss."

During the delay, Suisham went to the sideline and kicked a couple of balls into a net.

"Obviously, I didn't handle it well, because I missed," he said. "That was not the reason I missed the kick."

Suisham did, however, convert a 45-yarder in the second quarter to give the Redskins a 3-0 lead at the half, and he later provided a 6-0 lead with a 31-yarder. In four seasons with the Redskins, Suisham is 47 of 52 from inside 40 yards.

His last kick, however, came from outside that range. With just more than seven minutes remaining and the Redskins clinging to the 6-0 advantage, Suisham lined up for a 50-yarder. Make it, and the Redskins would have been up two scores against a Dallas offense that had struggled all day. Suisham, who was 3 of 8 from 50 yards and beyond in his career, sent the kick wide right, and the Cowboys drove 60 yards for their the touchdown that was enough to win the game.

"We have no choice other than to move on and get ready for next week," Suisham said. "But, man, I wish we would've made those kicks."

Rogers doesn't start

Fred Smoot started at cornerback in place of Carlos Rogers, who was benched in last week's victory over Denver. Rogers had started every game this season.

"No one that's started as many games as I did would like to be benched," Rogers said afterward. "Like I said, there's nothing I can do about it, just sit on the sidelines. When my name's called, just be ready. I could have a different mind-set about it, just like [forget] this or [forget] that, and then when my name's called, I'm not ready."

Rogers saw action when starting cornerback DeAngelo Hall went down with a bruised knee after recovering a fumble in the first quarter. But the Redskins' regular rotation included Hall and Smoot with second-year player Justin Tryon seeing time when they went to five defensive backs.

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