Late night for Redskins' Gano

Late night for Redskins' Gano
December 13, 2010, 5:50 pm
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Monday, December 13, 2010, 12:49 p.m. UPDATED 4:48 p.m.

By Ryan OHalloran
Staff writer

Like all of his Redskins teammates, Graham Gano didnt wait until Monday morning to review his performance during a 17-16 loss to Tampa Bay.

After spending time with his wife at home Sunday night, Gano headed to Redskin Park to watch tape to determine what happened on his two first-half missed field goals.

There was nobody here, he said. I came in here to figure out what I did wrong. I watched film from the beginning of the season when I was hitting the ball well and compared it to the Bucs game.

After a couple hours of research, the conclusion on his misses from 34 and 24 yards?

It was really hard to break it down and go into detail because my form looked the same as when I was making all my kicks, Gano said. I think it came down to my plant foot being a little too far behind the ball.

Gano connected barely from 25 yards on his third try but did not get to attempt a game-tying extra point when Nick Sundbergs high snap went through Hunter Smiths hands.

Gano is 22-of-32 this year and his 10 misses lead the NFL. Hes one of only four kickers with more than six misfires.

Coach Mike Shanahan continues to express confidence in Gano but because he injured his ribs trying to retrieve the point-after snap, the Redskins will audition kickers on Tuesday.

Its not necessarily because we want to replace Graham; its just because hes hurting, Shanahan said. If hes full speed, hell be our kicker this week at Dallas.

Before Shanahan confirmed the workouts, Gano half-expected the auditions to happen.

I wouldnt be surprised if they brought some guys in but as far as Im concerned, Im young and learning from every game and I think Ill keep getting better, he said. I believe Ill be in the league for a long time. Im having some growing pains now and I need to fix them quick.

I left six points off the board. Thats not acceptable.

Ganos first miss clanged off the left upright and Shanahan thinks that impacted the second miss.

When he started out hitting the goal post, it got to him a little bit and you have to be strong enough mentally to wipe that out, Shanahan said.

Shanahan talked with Gano on Monday about the importance of leaving that game behind, just like a cornerback must move on after getting burned by a receiver.

We all know that youve got to do it in games and hes made some big kicks for us, Shanahan said. We still have a lot of confidence in him even though he had a rough day. I told him its more mental than anything else. Ive watched him do it consistently in practice. I do know hes very disappointed but I still have a lot of belief in him. Hopefully he can clear it up this week.

Said Gano: Anytime you have a game like that, you want to put it behind you. I could have a great game against Dallas and people would forget about the last game. Thats the life of a kicker.

The Buccaneers loss was the second time this year Gano missed two field goals in a game he was no good from 52 yards and had a 29-yard attempt blocked against Houston in Week 2.

Gano bounced back from the Texans game to seven of his next eight kicks.

Mentally, I think Im always strong, he said. A lot of people might think it will break me down but Im just looking forward to having a good game this week and looking forward to kicking the ball this week in practice.

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