“What’s amazing about RG3’s current plight is that people take his failings so PERSONALLY. He said one dopey thing in a presser and the resulting backlash wave could flood the Eastern Seaboard. There are a few reasons for this: 1) RG3 is kind of annoying; 2) Washington fans are completely insane people who are genetically incapable of talking about anything other than such historical topics as “Which Chip Lohmiller field goal was most clutch?” and the like; 3) Washington fans are triply insane regarding RG3 because the team traded everything for him and the fate of the franchise rides on Subway guy; and 4) Racism. When Kirk Cousins flamed out in DC, I didn’t see anyone complaining about him not “getting it.” There’s always something more personal attached to RG3. He can’t just suck.”
To which I, a lifelong Redskins fan, would say: Wait, which Chip Lohmiller field goal was most clutch?
Sept. 11, 1988: Lohmiller Beats the Steelers
The Redskins used their second-round pick in the 1988 NFL draft to select Lohmiller, which seems like a not-so-terrible idea in hindsight when you consider some of the Redskins kickers who came after him. (Michael Husted, Kris Heppner and Eddie Murray all missed important field goals for Washington in the 2000 season alone.)
In Week 2 of his rookie year, Lohmiller drilled a 19-yard field with 12 seconds remaining to give the Redskins a 30-29 win over the Steelers. Lohmiller booted the game-winner twice after a Pittsburgh dead-ball penalty nullified his first attempt.
“If I [made it] the first time, why not the second?” Lohmiller said.
Dec. 4, 1988: Lohmiller Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive
Veterans Stadium winds were swerving at 23 mph, and so were Lohmiller’s pregame attempts, against the wind toward the north end zone. He said his longest practice kick was a dying-quail, 38-yarder, yet he kept a stiff upper lip as his game-winner punctuated a hurried, improbable, Doug Williams-signatured, final Redskins drive.
“I hit that ball as good as any all year,” Lohmiller said of his kick, which kept Washington in the wild-card hunt for one more week. “That was a 350-yard golf drive, a big crush.”
Lohmiller’s game-winner helped dull the pain of a dreadful one-point loss to the Giants in Week 5, when Lohmiller missed an extra point and a potential game-winning field goal.
“The Giants game was one of those days,” he said. “Something was going on with my mind. My parents had just moved to Norway.”
The Redskins ultimately missed the playoffs in 1988. Maybe blame Lohmiller’s parents’ move to Norway.
Nov. 4, 1990: Lohmiller Caps Comeback Against the Lions
This was one of the great regular season Redskins games of my childhood, a Jeff Rutledge-led comeback from a 38-21 fourth-quarter deficit at Detroit. Washington tied the game with two touchdowns in the final 5:48 of regulation, the second on a 12-yard Rutlege run. Lohmiller’s 34-yard field goal more than nine minutes into overtime improved the Redskins to 5-3.
Oct. 25, 1992: Lohmiller Nails Game-Winner on 5 for 5 Day
Lohmiller, who made a 62-yard field in the Metrodome against Iowa during his college career at Minnesota, made all five of his field goal attempts and accounted for all of the Redskins’ points in a 15-13 win against the Vikings in Week 8. The game-winner was a 49-yarder with 1:09 to play.
“The dome is just an ideal situation for a kicker,” Lohmiller told reporters after the game. “You never have to worry about the conditions, and when you get as many chances as we got Sunday, you get into a nice groove. I do get used to the weather at RFK, and when I get inside, I really feel good about it.”
Nov. 3, 1991: Lohmiller Keeps Redskins Perfect
The Redskins’ perfect start to the 1991 season appeared doomed when Houston’s Ian Howfield lined up for a potential game-winning 33-yard field goal with four seconds to play. But Howfield missed, Darrell Green intercepted Warren Moon’s first pass in overtime, and Joe Gibbs called on Lohmiller to win it.
The Oilers’ then-Coach Jack Pardee attempted to ice Lohmiller with a timeout. That strategy might’ve worked on Howfield, but not Mr. Clutch.
“I like that time during a timeout to get more positive thoughts on my mind,” said Lohmiller, whose 41-yard field goal improved the Redskins to 9-0. “I had the adrenaline and confidence that I could hit it.”
Sept. 9, 1991: 52-Yarder at Dallas Gives Redskins a Lift
Lohmiller was named the NFC’s offensive player of the week after making four field goals (from 53, 52, 45 and 46 yards) in a 33-31 win over the Cowboys on “Monday Night Football.” His 52-yarder just before halftime pulled the Redskins to within 21-20 after the Cowboys jumped out to a 21-10 lead. After the game, Gibbs said Lohmiller’s performance was “one of the best games I’ve seen a kicker have.”
1993: Through the Tunnel, Hook It, Off the Stone Guy, Split the Uprights
I think we’ve found our answer. Time to get back to focusing on San Francisco.