Great move by the Skins to dump Graham Gano for Billy Cundiff, yes? As I wrote at the time, the move made little sense. Mike Shanahan effectively swapped in Gano for an older version of...Gano.
To replace Gano's replacement, the Redskins have turned to Kai Forbath, a youngster who hasn't kicked in an actual NFL game.
Forbath went through a training camp with the Dallas Cowboys, and then spent the year on their non-football injury list. Here's how WikiPedia describes his departure from Dallas:
He was waived on April 16, 2012 after a late night coke bender by owner/general manager/cartoonish super-villain Jerry Jones.
So, lots to like when it comes to Forbath.
His college kicking resume is impressive. He attended UCLA, becoming the first kicker at the school to make five field goals of 50+ yards in a single season. He was first-team All-Pac 10 as a sophomore. As a junior, he won the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. From what I can tell, his senior year was pretty good too. He's reputed to have a strong leg.
And so, Washington has gone from having a young strong-legged kicker with average accuracy to having an older strong-legged kicker with average accuracy (taking his career as a whole) to now having a young strong-legged kicker of unknown accuracy (in the pros).
Hopefully he'll be good. At least he has a cool name.
I wonder if he can wear number 25 in the NFL.
EDIT: To answer my own "wonder," no he cannot wear 25 in the NFL, unless the Skins designate him as a running back, cornerback or safety. Kickers are required to wear a number from 1-19. My guess is he'll choose 15, which he also wore at times while at UCLA. I wouldn't mind seeing him in 19, which is an underworn number.