Lohmiller ready to put the past behind, kick Giants into defeat

October 25, 1990|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent

HERNDON,VA. — HERNDON, Va. -- It's a game Chip Lohmiller would like to forget.

In the fifth game of his rookie season in 1988 against the New York Giants, he missed an extra point in the first period and shanked a 36-yard field-goal attempt in the final period.

The result was a frustrating 24-23 loss for the Washington Redskins to the Giants.

Lohmiller still calls it the worst moment of his three-year career with the Redskins.

"It was right at the beginning of my career. It was a long time ago. I can still remember it, but I don't think about it too often. You want to put those memories away," he said.

That's one of the reasons Lohmiller said he won't be thinking about the past Sunday when the Redskins play the Giants at Giants Stadium.

The Giants-Redskins game often comes down to a field goal, and his ill-timed misses are one of the reasons the Redskins have yet to beat the Giants since he joined the team.

In the past four games against the Giants, he's made five field goals, but he's missed three tries -- from 36, 49 and 30 yards.

It could be alarming that Lohmiller, who has made 12 of 19 field-goal attempts this year, missed his first four attempts against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday before hitting the last two to provide the winning margin in a 13-7 victory.

But neither Lohmiller nor special-teams coach Wayne Sevier seem too concerned about his kicking.

"I'm not in a slump right now," Lohmiller said. "I made the two kicks I needed to make at the end of the game and that started me off on a no-miss streak."

Of his misses, Lohmiller said: "I hit the ball well. I just didn't make the field goals."

Sevier agreed. "I wasn't too concerned because he hit the ball well. All four of his misses were hit solidly. If he were hitting the ball all over the place, that would be a concern," he said.

When a kicker misses, the holder usually comes in for some scrutiny, but Sevier said that holder Ralf Mojsiejenko, who also punts, was off target on only one of the holds.

"I thought we had a little trouble with one right before the half [a 41-yard attempt]. I could see it wasn't real smooth, but otherwise I thought we were fine," he said.

Mojsiejenko, who kicked field goals in college at Michigan State, said: "I know the feeling [of missing]. It showed a lot of character that he came back and made those last two kicks."

The strange thing is that despite the misses, Lohmiller is on the threshold of a record. He's made field goals in 26 straight games and is in third place on the all-time list.

Fred Cox holds the record of 31 straight games from 1968-70 for the Minnesota Vikings. Jim Turner made one in 28 straight games from 1970-72 for the New York Jets and Denver Broncos.

NOTES: Defensive lineman Markus Koch, who suffered a knee injury Sunday, saw some action in practice yesterday, but coach Joe Gibbs said he's still not sure if Koch will be ready to play against the Giants.

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