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Panthers coach on kicker’s future there: “Well, we’ll see”

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 10:  A fan holds up a sign cheering for Graham Gano #9 of the Carolina Panthers before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Panthers have a number of problems at the moment, but after his latest miss in a crucial situation, Panthers coach Ron Rivera wasn’t ready to endorse kicker Graham Gano.

Gano missed a game-tying extra point in Sunday’s loss to the Saints. And though it was evened up by a Cam Newton two-point conversion later, it was the latest in a string of mistakes for the veteran kicker.

Well, we’ll see,” Rivera said of Gano’s future, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. “You’ve got to look at what’s happened not just now but what’s happened over the period of time. There are some things that we’re going to look at and evaluate, obviously, and we’ll see what happens.”

The Panthers have a bye week in front of them, and they’ll review the entire body of work, but they might see a disturbing trend.

Gano missed a potential game-winning field goal as time expired against the Broncos. He missed one off the post against the Vikings which would have given them a 13-2 lead. And a 43-yarder just before halftime was wide left. They lost all three games, even though he was far from the only issue in any of them.

“I hit it really, really well, but just straight from the right hash,” he said. “That was my worst play of the day. Every other play I had was really, really good. It just came at an awful time. I can’t do that. I’ve got to make them.”

Whether he gets to continue to try, he’s going to have to wait and see with everyone else.

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6 Responses to “Panthers coach on kicker’s future there: “Well, we’ll see””
  1. briang123 says: Oct 17, 2016 7:28 AM

    Gotta blame someone.

  2. junkmtb says: Oct 17, 2016 8:45 AM

    No worries Gano, Gettleman has your back!

  3. factschecker says: Oct 17, 2016 9:17 AM

    1264 miles is a long shot. That has to be a world record.

    That’s a man that really enjoys his kickers.

  4. ckruszka says: Oct 17, 2016 9:33 AM

    His extra point only would have tied up the game, Saints still would have won.

  5. picaroon45 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:00 PM

    Gano also missed a FG against the Bucs, but it was more interesting to talk about the rookie kicker’s misses.

  6. laserw says: Oct 17, 2016 9:41 PM

    I love it when idiot GM’s think that hiring a former Redskins’ kicker is a great thing to do.

    There have been zero good Redskins kickers until we got a real GM and now we have the two best kickers in the league.

    Enjoy Gano – he was awful – and still is.

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