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Graham Gano has now made 34 straight field goals


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4 hours ago, TN05 said:

Not me! I warned people that cutting a kicker this good for some random practice squad player was an awful idea. 

kickers are one of the easiest positions to get right and to mess up. We could have had Gano or Butker - but top-five league kickers. Instead, we have neither and it’s entirely on management.

Count me in that crowd, as well. Never understood the hate for Gano.

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3 hours ago, onmyown said:

 

Did you want Gano over Butker? Just asking because he was also sent to the practice squad literally months after drafting him. As much as you love Gano, seems like something you supported, which was pretty stupid.

Have you seen Butker recently?

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1 minute ago, NAS said:

Gano cost us werk 1 victory in 2016 against Denver, first game after SB loss. That’s when the fans turned on him. 
 

Hindsight is 20/20 but we seem to have bad luck with kickers.

I think we have been mainly good in our team history at kicker. Kickers are a lot like poker hands. You can have dozens of good hands in a row but you remember the one bad beat forever. Kasey, Gano.....both good to great kickers but some just remember them for their biggest failures. 

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6 hours ago, jayflip said:

Fair enough. I just remember everyone celebrating when Gano was released. And to be fair to them, his last 2 seasons with us were duds. 

His last 2 season with us were not duds

14 for 16 in 2018

29 for 30 in 2017 - Ranked 1st in the NFL

The dude was really good in his final 2 years. 

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Kicking is weird. I don’t think Gano would have the same success here as he’s having in New York. Kickers seem to do much better with changes in scenery and Gano was definitely NOT clutch for us. Like Slye just made all his field goals (like 7 of them) last week after having some insane yip issues here. So bad that it got him cut.

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2 minutes ago, TheRumGone said:

Kicking is weird. I don’t think Gano would have the same success here as he’s having in New York. Kickers seem to do much better with changes in scenery and Gano was definitely NOT clutch for us. Like Slye just made all his field goals (like 7 of them) last week after having some insane yip issues here. So bad that it got him cut.

I've always thought that.  They can be good for a while, then something happens, and then blam-o, they suck.  Guys who can kick in the same place for 20 years are not the norm.  While it would be nice to have a fantastic kicker for 20 years, you have to be very consistent, and have them in the right "space" so they can be successful for that long.

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7 hours ago, frankw said:

The Panthers should have had competition for Slye this year from the get go that's on coach Rhule for sitting on his hands.

Miss is a miss and a loss is a loss. 7 winning seasons in 25 years. Keep making excuses though see how far it gets you 🤷‍♂️

Don’t like it, you can quit posting. How bout that?

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2 hours ago, NAS said:

Gano cost us werk 1 victory in 2016 against Denver, first game after SB loss. That’s when the fans turned on him. 
 

Hindsight is 20/20 but we seem to have bad luck with kickers.

This is exactly it.

Gano was always a top kicker, but when he missed that kick, that's when all the talk about "overpaid" and "choke artist" started.  Turns out, he just missed a kick.  It happens.  We forget all the times he made kicks to win games, tie games, keep us in games, get us points.

GG has been one of the better kickers in the NFL since 2012.  Ironically, the first year he came to Carolina.  Prior to that year, he had been very inconsistent and on course for a Joey Slye of his own.

Cutting Graham Gano while he was injured, after seasons of 96% and 88% FG's made . . . stupid.  But hey, we saved a couple million.

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If memory serves, Gano got injured in the middle of the 2018 season, and this caused him to miss all of 2019 with us.  I think that is why he got released.  In 2017, he had one of his best seasons, missing only 1 fg and being an integral part of us making the playoffs.  He wasn't released due to performance on the field, he was released due to the injury.  I guess we weren't sure if he would recover.  But he did.  Since signing with the Giants, he has been one of the top 2 or 3 kickers in the league.  

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2 minutes ago, Davidson Deac II said:

If memory serves, Gano got injured in the middle of the 2018 season, and this caused him to miss all of 2019 with us.  I think that is why he got released.  In 2017, he had one of his best seasons, missing only 1 fg and being an integral part of us making the playoffs.  He wasn't released due to performance on the field, he was released due to the injury.  I guess we weren't sure if he would recover.  But he did.  

And the contract. 

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7 minutes ago, Jon Snow said:

He didn't do that for us before we cut him so it's a moot point.  If they player doesn't perform while here why hang onto him?

Well....he did perform. That was the issue. 

He was cut because he was pricey(for a kicker) and also injured. It was not performance related.

The issue was that we never found an NFL caliber kicker to replace him. Still trying, for that matter. Conversely, Gano has been one of the best kickers in the NFL. Same with Butker, until recently. Those decisions will haunt you, even if at the time your decisions seemed sound.

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34 minutes ago, TheRumGone said:

Kicking is weird. I don’t think Gano would have the same success here as he’s having in New York. Kickers seem to do much better with changes in scenery and Gano was definitely NOT clutch for us. Like Slye just made all his field goals (like 7 of them) last week after having some insane yip issues here. So bad that it got him cut.

???? Wtf!!! Yes he was. He hit tons of game winners. Slye never hit ONE game winning FG.

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