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.