Washington Redskins kicker Graham Gano said his confidence remains high despite missing his only field goal attempt – a 39-yarder – in Sunday’s season opener.
Last season, his first full NFL campaign, Gano missed 11 field goals, prompting the Redskins to bring in competition for him this preseason. But he beat out veteran Shayne Graham and first-year kicker Clint Stitser, going 10 for 10 on field goal attempts in the preseason.
But Gano missed to the right on what could have been Washington’s first scoring drive of the game.
“I just missed it,” Gano said. “It almost hit the post. It was real close. I just missed. I looked at the film and my form, and everything looked good and all that. I hit 10 in a row, so I’m not really going to change anything.”
Later in the first half, Washington faced fourth-and-5 from the New York 37, and instead went for it on fourth down -- and got the first down -- rather than have Gano attempt a 54-yarder. After that, the Redskins scored four touchdowns and never attempted another field goal.
Gano admitted a little disappointment over not getting another chance in the game.
“Any time you have a miss, you want to get another opportunity,” he said. “You’ve just got to move on to the next one. I hit all my extra points, and my kickoffs were real good. So, I’ve got to take the positives out of it.”
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday he remained committed to Gano, who had three touchbacks on Sunday.
“Any time you make 10 in a row [in the preseason]… All of a sudden, it’s your first kick and the wind was blowing pretty good. I was hoping it would go through, but it was a hair wide. I think he knows he has to concentrate and next time you give him the opportunity, he’ll make it,” Shanahan said.
Gano said he spoke to Shanahan in the last day, and had a good conversation with the coach.
“We looked at the film and we didn’t see anything obviously wrong, so he just said keep doing what I’m doing,” said Gano, who obviously wants to redeem himself this week against the Arizona Cardinals. “I’m hoping I get a ton of extra points, and if I get a field goal opportunity, it’s good, too get an opportunity to go back out there and make them.”