Farewell Shayne, We Hardly Knew You

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 14, 2011 – 1:52 pm

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In a move that became less of an “if” and more of a “when” after Friday night’s game, the Redskins have announced the release of Shayne Graham this morning.

Head coach Mike Shanahan said going into the game that the Graham duo would be alternating opportunities on field goals, extra points and kickoffs.  In his two field goal opportunities, Shayne punched the balls wide left and wide right, respectively.

When that rotation ceased in the third quarter, the writing was on the wall.

After the game, Shayne was one of the first players off the field and didn’t hang around the locker room to chat.  To be fair, I checked with long snapper Nick Sundberg to make sure that nothing had happened on the snap to alter the kicks.

“Honestly, I didn’t see anything, because my head comes up so much before Sav even catches the ball,” he said.  “There wasn’t anything on the snap that I know of.  We’ll go back and look at the tape to see if there’s anything I can tweak to try and make a difference or try to make things easier.”

“If there is anything.”

In other words, Sundberg was trying to leave that possibility open, but there wasn’t anything on the snap or the hold.  Shayne just missed badly on both kicks.

At the end of the day, the 11-year veteran remains one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, and this week in Washington will hardly tarnish his legacy.  By cutting the cord now, both Shayne and the Redskins can find other options before the regular season begins.

Whether either chooses to do so remains to be seen.

Graham Gano passed the first test with flying colors (Burgundy and Gold, to be exact), and is currently the only kicker in Washington.


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10 Responses to “Farewell Shayne, We Hardly Knew You”

  1. By david on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    Shayne seem likes a nice guy. After his first miss he started briefly to run quickly off the field, and then paused to tell the holder it was a good hold (at least that’s what it looks like on the film). But it’s good we’re keeping Gano. We cut him now, he’ll become the next David Akers (we released him in 98, he became the Eagles all-pro kicker 1999-2010).

  2. By RussianBreadMaker on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    He had a bad game, but it seems like Shanny doesnt remember that Gano cost us 3-4 games last season.

  3. By brennsdad on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    Shanny has faith in the young Gano, he has the leg, let’s hope he fixes whatever was wrong in his mind. I think he could be good, but I would still try to bring in someone else to challenge him through camp.

  4. By Stephanie on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    Can we just ban anyone with the name graham? gano needs to be released as well. i really dont want to have to rely on gano this season. we would have won… my guess is 5 more games if he didnt screw up such easy kicks. its embarassing

  5. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    If he has a Gano circa 2010 performance in the near future, I would agree. If he kicks like it’s Friday night all the time, I have no problem with that.

  6. By blazinclipsy on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    he looks like shamus from the wwe ha

  7. By david on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    Gano’s going to be a great kicker. He’s a beautiful blend of talent and technician. Strong leg, made over 90% of his FGs in his last year of college, made over 80% in the UFL. I love how he has methodocially changed his technique since last year to create a more consistent approach to kicking FGs. If the Skins cut him he’ll be a great kicker with another team for 10 years. I don’t know why great kickers sometimes have a rocky beginning in the NFL (see David Akers), but Gano’s a long-term keeper.

  8. By timmoe on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    are you serious? you send the most accurate kicker in the NFL away after a bad pre-season game! Gano cost us alot last season, 4 games he missed 1 or more FGs and we lost those games by 3! I dont care if people think he may become the next jimmy golden toe, his backside shoulda been shipped out before the superbowl was even over. Fridays game looked just like the Brunell led Redskins, we moved the ball, but scored no points. If we dont have a good kicker we are going to lose yet another shot at the dog gone playoffs. and yeah, grahm does look like shamus :p

  9. By david on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    yup, completely serious. itchy trigger-fingers have burned the Redskins several times when it comes to kickers. more recently than Akers, Suisham was cut in 2009 after his misses cost the team. but Suisham had a long track-record of accuracy. so the Steelers smartly picked him up, and he hit 14 of 15 FGs for them last year on their way to the super bowl. it’s about time the Skins got less impulsive and took the long view on a kicker.

  10. By david on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    to clarify about Shayne being cut, he was inaccurate all throughout the practice competition, and in the game his balls were wounded ducks, not well struck balls that happened to miss. in short, something is waaaaaaay off with his fundamentals right now and he’ll have to fix it on his own before a team will sign him as their starter.

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