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Panthers willing to “stand pat” with Graham Gano after latest miss

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 25:   Graham Gano #9 and teammate Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrate a field goal against the Minnesota Vikings in the 2nd quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

In the wake of kicker Graham Gano’s latest miss in a close game, Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered a tepid endorsement, saying “We’ll see” when asked about his job security.

But on Monday, Rivera defended his kicker, and came with stats to back it up.

We’re going to stand pat,” Rivera said, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. “If you go back and you evaluate it as an extra-point kicker, he’s right about 95 percent, which is a little bit more than league average I believe. And then in clutch kicks, again he’s well above the league average. Maybe he’s having where he’s missed one here or there and they’re not what cost you football games. There was one — Denver, the opener. Other than that, he’s been very solid for us and he’s done a good job. I think what we’ve got to do is just continue to work at it.

“The guy’s one of the best kickoff guys in the league, he’s got an exceptionally strong leg, and as I said, we’re going to evaluate everything. I know I was asked a question yesterday, I know there was an article written about it, which prompted me to speed up my review of things as far as that’s concerned just so I had these answers.”

Gano missed a potential game-winning field goal at Denver in the opener, as well as one against the Buccaneers and an extra point Sunday against the Saints, three games the Panthers lost by a combined seven points. Throw in a missed field goal against the Vikings which would have made their lead 13-2 in a game they eventually lost 22-10, and it’s been a rough season for Gano.

He’s 9-of-12 on all field goals, a 75.0 percent mark which is 23rd in the league. He’s 14-of-16 on extra points, an 88-percent mark that’s 30th in the league. He also has one of the highest cap values for a kicker in the NFL, after signing a four-year contract in 2014.

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6 Responses to “Panthers willing to “stand pat” with Graham Gano after latest miss”
  1. bucks4ever13 says: Oct 18, 2016 12:47 PM

    It’s rough patch. He’ll get through. He’s done great in Carolina up through now. No reason to worry about the kicker when there are plenty of other problems to fix for that team right now. Should have kept Norman… for one more year… that would have been a start. Oh well…

  2. sandersmarcus10 says: Oct 18, 2016 1:38 PM

    He’s proven himself but is alittle off right now. The BIGGER concern should be on that secondary that is TERRIBLE, trade for someone and bring in FA’s. Giving up almost 1000 yards in passing too 2 Qb’s is bad!

  3. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 18, 2016 1:59 PM

    If he would have made that field goal against the Vikings, they only would have lost 22-13.

  4. junkmtb says: Oct 18, 2016 3:55 PM

    LOL yeah Teddy that FG missed during the Vikings game is the only one that really didn’t matter.

  5. motsuret06 says: Oct 18, 2016 7:49 PM

    The whole team is a dumpster fire. Gettleman is an idiot. I have been saying it for years and now the cows have come home and the wheels have completely fallen off this wagon.

  6. bak2bak2bakhaters says: Oct 19, 2016 2:18 AM

    DO YOU ALL REALIZE THE POWER HOUSE YOU WERE BEFORE GETTING PUNKED 2 TIMES IN A ROW FROM MY ALL POWERFUL BRONCOS, DON’T TRIP I KNOW WERE 4&2 ….BUT HOW NICE IS IT TOO HEAR NOTHING BUT POUTING FROM THOSE WHO KEEP POUNDING, GOTTA LOVE IT,YOUR TEAM SUCKS! BC-WW

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