Good article, have to say it swayed me to Gano's side. I am the first to admit I wanted him of the team last year, so tired of the problems at this position. But based on what is in that article I am resigned to give him another chance in an effort to solidify the position long term. Another thing I read somewhat in relation to this was about fantasy football and being able to project consistency year to year. Now granted it's in relation to Fantasy, but it would also indicate circumstances play a large role in the perceived production of a kicker.
"Running backs check in at third in our consistency rankings with a year-to-year strength of correlation of about 0.48. Wide receivers are fourth at 0.42. Kickers have zero consistency from season to season, and defenses have next to none. Understanding these correlations can help you devise projections and select between players at different positions."