See Ya, Suisham!

Skins jettison their kicker

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    A familiar pose.

    We dare you to not smile when you read this: The Redskins have released Shaun Suisham.  (Note: dare may not apply to friends or family or Mr. Suisham.)

    With him having missed critical would-be game-winning kicks in the last two games, the Skins sent ol' Short Legs packing, signing Scottish superstar Graham Gano in his place.

    Gano, who went to Florida State, won the Lou Groza award as the nation's best collegiate kicker.  Despite the pedigree, Gano went undrafted and lost a pre-season kickoff with Baltimore.

    Off he went to the UFL, where he helped the world-famous Las Vegas Locomotives to the first UFL championship.

    He was one of a group of kickers the Skins brought in today as an audition, beating out, among others, former Skin and Terp, Nick Novak.

    With Suisham on his way out of town, it's an appropriate time to remember all the big kicks he made for the Redskins, like...um...well...

    More known for his ineptitude, last week's missed virtual extra point against the Saints, the previous week's gack against the hated Cowboys and the killer miss against the Seahawks in the playoffs a few seasons ago loom large.

    The Skins auditioned Dave Rayner in the pre-season, but the offense's inability to move the ball failed to give the team a chance to see either player kick much in game situations.  The Skins stuck with the incumbent and he made all the kicks early, particularly those in non-pressure situations.

    But with two big misses in his last two big chances, and given his track record, the Skins decided to move on.  Two games too late, perhaps.

    Now don't you feel bad for smiling?  No?  Us either.