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Blocked Field Goal Plagues Redskins Again

Posted Jan 1, 2012

Blocked field goals have been a season-long problem for the Redskins’ special teams. On Sunday in Philadelphia, they allowed their fifth field goal block of the season.


Blocked field goals have been a season-long problem for the Redskins’ special teams.

On Sunday in Philadelphia, the Redskins allowed their fifth blocked field goal attempt of the season.

It’s the first time since 1997 the Redskins have had five blocked field goals in a season.

Midway through the second quarter, Graham Gano lined up for a 36-yard attempt but the Redskins’ interior line was pushed back.

Defensive lineman Derek Landri leaped over Tyler Polumbus – who was playing right guard on the kick – and batted the kick away.

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie scooped up the ball and was tackled by Gano.
Gano was shaken up after the play but he returned to the game.

The blocked kick proved to be a momentum-changer. The Eagles charged downfield on a 8-play, 65-yard drive, capped by Michael Vick’s 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chad Hall, to take a 10-0 lead.

Head coach Mike Shanahan said he had never coached a team that had five blocked field goals in a season.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen three [by one team in a season],” he said.

Asked about the play, Shanahan added: “A new guy in there at the right guard position, but we still have to do better. A lot of teams have new people, but that really hurt us this year.”

The field goal unit also was unable to get a field goal off in the final seconds of the first half.

On a third down at the Eagles’ 15-yard line, Rex Grossman completed an 8-yard pass to Jabar Gaffney across the middle of the field with 10 seconds left. The Redskins had no time outs, though.

The field goal unit raced onto the field and they were nearly lined up with 3 seconds left but it appeared several players, including long snapper Nick Sundberg, weren’t ready. Time ran out and the Redskins were left scoreless in the first half.