The ending of last weekend’s AFC Championship game reminded everyone in the NFL that there is no such thing as an automatic kick, and that things can go awry from the moment coaches call for a field goal, until the ball hits the back net.
Plain and simple, kicking is a lot harder than it looks.
Part of preparing for tough kicking conditions is practicing repetitions in lousy weather conditions. But another part of preparing to do a precision task is to prepare in perfect conditions–the type made possible with a practice bubble.
Count Redskins kicker Graham Gano as a big fan of the new indoor practice bubble at Redskins Park. He tweeted his appreciation for the all-weather bubble a short time ago:
In his second full season in the NFL last year, Gano experienced his best statistical season, despite having 11 kicks miss wide or get blocked. For his career, he is 86 percent for field goals in a dome, and has never missed an extra point.
Here’s a picture of the inflated bubble from earlier today, the first day since its inflation that has featured a ray of sunshine: