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Kicker Loving The New Practice Bubble

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 24, 2012 – 6:34 pm

The ending of last weekend’s AFC Championship game reminded everyone in the NFL that there is no such thing as an automatic kick, and that things can go awry from the moment coaches call for a field goal, until the ball hits the back net.

Plain and simple, kicking is a lot harder than it looks.

Part of preparing for tough kicking conditions is practicing repetitions in lousy weather conditions.  But another part of preparing to do a precision task is to prepare in perfect conditions–the type made possible with a practice bubble.

Count Redskins kicker Graham Gano as a big fan of the new indoor practice bubble at Redskins Park.  He tweeted his appreciation for the all-weather bubble a short time ago: Read more »

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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. Read more »

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