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Graham Gano is one of the most polarizing players on the team Stitched Donte Jackson Jersey , which is extremely rare for a kicker, but then again, you’re only as good as your last made great kick."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomGraham Gano is an average kicker at a high priceNew,18commentsGraham Gano is one of the most polarizing players on the team, which is extremely rare for a kicker, but then again, you’re only as good as your last made great kick.ESTShareTweetShareShareGraham Gano is an average kicker at a high priceBob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsThe kicker position is historically one of those spots where you’re consistently evaluated on your most recent kick, whether that be a game winner, or one that didn’t help the team’s cause. We saw a little bit of both from Graham Gano this season. At one point, he nailed an extremely improbable 63-yard field goal to steal an early season victory against the New York Giants in what might have been his best career highlight.But then you flip the coin over and you see three missed extra points, one of which was the difference between winning, or at least tying, a game against the Detroit Lions. That was the game where Ron Rivera elected to go for a game sealing two point conversion instead of kicking the extra point to send it to overtime — in my book, that was a bad decision even with a kicker having a bad day. But Youth DJ Moore Jersey , there’s no decision to be made at all if you’re already 20-20, or 22-20, or 23-20 because your kicker didn’t miss an extra point, and a field goal, earlier in the game. He also missed a field goal that would have likely won the game over the Seattle Seahawks, but that was a 52-yard try, not something I’m going to begrudge a kicker.All said and done, prior to an injury that ended his season early in week 13, Gano attempted only 16 field goals in total, missing two of them, giving him an 88% average on a fairly small sample size. That puts him squarely in the middle of the pack league-wide amongst kickers with at least 10 attempts. However, his 91% extra point percentage is bottom five in the entire league.That’s a below average season, especially following 2017 where he also just missed one field goal, but kicked 29 of them... enough for him to get a significant contract from the team. One that many Panthers fans Stitched DJ Moore Jersey , myself included, will always begrudge general manager Marty Hurney for handing out. It’s a topic we have already discussed at length, so I won’t dive super deep into it, but even a blind and deaf mule pulling a cart with a busted axle through Times Square would have been aware enough to see that Harrison Butker had a good enough preseason in 2017 to cut bait with Graham Gano and his large salary cap hit.To just make that spot even sorer, Harrison Butker had a much better season than Gano this past year. While he was comparable on his field goal percentage at 89%, he was miles better kicking extra points, converting 94% of his 69 (!) (Nice) attempts. That’s about the league average, and he does it in a much harder weather environment on the average than Gano does. But what really gets everyone fired up, is that he did this for a whopping $555,000 cap hit. Had we retained him on his rookie deal, our cap hit would have been the same as theirs, and we’d have him for another two years at a crazy low rate. Gano’s cap hit in 2018 was $3.4 million. It was, and still is, just a hilariously bad business decision by the team and reflects the fears many had about bringing back Hurney in the first place. Even if you think his 2017 preseason was a false flag Youth Sam Mills Jersey , you should have still taken that risk the moment you look at your cap chart and assess the situation.So, to wit, he we are with a perfectly fine kicker but at a price that shouldn’t be as high as it is. It’s the real world equivalent of paying $5 or more inside the stadium for a bottle of water that a guy standing outside sells for a buck. It’s the NFL equivalent of being low on your daily nutrient counts, and knowing you could’ve had a V8. We’ll always and forever compare what could have been to what is. The best we can do is hope that 2019 will be more like 2017 for Gano than 2018 was. This column began as a weekly spotlight on the worst tendencies and decision-making habits of the Carolina Panthers coaching staff. The intention wasn’t to publish a weekly list of reasons why Ron Rivera should be fired. It was to provide constructive criticism. Not for Rivera —I have no idea if anybody inside Bank of America Stadium reads this column— but for fans who wanted to know why Panthers games were always closer than they needed to be.Sometimes, we’ve looked at situations where the staff has bucked the influence of their out-dated angels. The rest of these columns have focused on situations where the Panthers made bad choices while possessing the ball. Yesterday, Ron Rivera decided to shake up the staff that spends the least amount of time with the football. That may come across as scapegoating from the perspective of this writing, but it isn’t. The defense was also a problem this year. No amount of offensive coaching changes are going to change how Rivera makes decisions in the red zone or on critical downs with short distances to gain. The opportunity for scapegoats left long ago, now is the time for shuffling coaches on the deck of the R.M.S. Riverboat. It is what it is.There isn’t much left to say. We know that the Panthers are hampered by certain personnel deficiencies along both lines that accentuate Rivera’s most antiquated flaws. He wants to rely on his frequently struggling defense and is given the opportunity often by an offense that is magnetically attracted to coming up just short on third down. He actively prefers close games, decided by a touchdown or less, where his record is dead even through eight years. A perfect 29-29-1.With only four games left in 2018 for the Panthers, Rivera has to believe that a winning streak can save his job. Pulling that off will require a style of coaching that he clearly disdains. The Panthers have spent all season —and, really, all of Rivera’s tenure in Carolina— on the verge of success. He has built good teams and has convinced his players to buy in year after year. They, like many teams Stitched Sam Mills Jersey , commit a number of errors every game. Losses take on the story of an avalanche of misfortune. Wins are often about overcoming adversity and “finding a way to win.” Part of that balancing act of mistakes and missed opportunities are self-inflicted wounds. They are based in what looks like a desire to resurrect the 1985 Bears in the era of the 2018 Chiefs.That balance keeps the Panthers teetering back and forth between winning and losing seasons. A year where everything clicks into place looks like 2015. A year that sees a few more unlucky bounces looks like 2018, or 2011, or 2012, or 2014, or 2016. If Rivera would take his good teams and push them instead of trying to protect them then he could be a successful coach in the NFL. He could tip the balance that he created. He could lead the Panthers to future seasons of relevance. To do so his team needs to make a commitment to scoring points instead of possessing the football, to defending the pass instead of rallying to the catch.Rivera’s stories could be about beating most teams with confidence instead of a last second field goal. Fans could be excited about big games instead of, at best, nervous. I don’t think any of this is likely to happen, but I would be happy if it did. The old Riverboat has been good for this franchise. I don’t enjoy writing about negatives of his time here. I don’t want to keep writing about narrow losses to teams that are not better than the Panthers. I would like to write about an eight year veteran, in danger of being left behind, acknowledging his own flaws and growing as a head coach at the highest level of football.