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Graham Gano: Kick felt good on blocked field goal

Washington Redskins kicker Graham Gano had a 49-yard field goal attempt blocked by the Buffalo Bills Sunday, and Coach Mike Shanahan said the following day that the kick was too low. But Gano and some of his teammates aren’t so sure.

Long-snapper Nick Sundberg and special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander said, however that they believed protection breakdowns led to the block more than a low kick.

Gano, who has had three kicks blocked this season, said the contact on the ball felt good and that he wasn’t concerned about the missed field goal any more.

“I’ve watched it a bunch,” Gano said. “I’ve probably seen about four or five copies and I’ve met with [special teams coach] Danny [Smith] about it. … We watched it and I feel like I hit it the same as I always do. I’m not going to sit here and go against what coach says. But yeah, I felt good, I feel like I’ve been hitting the ball well.

“We’ve got a new game coming up, so I’m not thinking about it,” Gano continued. “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve missed one kick, and that was in the first game. I feel good about how I’m hitting the ball.”

The one miss Gano spoke of was a 39-yarder that sailed wide right in the season opener. Against the Cardinals, with a sub in the game instead of a banged up Lorenzo Alexander, a 30-yard attempt was blocked. Against the Cowboys, a bad snap resulted in a block.

Then came this week’s block. The line appeared to have been pushed farther into the backfield than usual, and Buffalo’s Spencer Johnson managed to deflect the kick.

When asked about the play, Smith declined to go into the details of what went wrong. Hesaid only: “We had a tip on a field goal. It’s something that we work on, something we’ll get corrected. We’ve just got to be solid there.”

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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