I’ve spent a lot of this season airing my utter frustrations with Marion Barber and Roy Williams, both of whom I see as finished as far as their effectiveness and value to the team goes.
But there is another…
Can we all agree that our big experiment with David Buehler as the Cowboys’ place kicker has been nothing short of an epic and massive failure?
The Cowboys’ offseason to-do list is long and chock full of many needs, but no less important among those needs is finding a reliable place kicker for next season and waving goodbye to David Buehler.
Buehler has been frustrating to watch this season.
Some may say he had an impressive game against the Cardinals on Saturday night by nailing two long field goals of 42 and 53 yards while we were trying to comeback from being down 14 points early in the game.
But I’m sorry, that missed extra point was the last straw for me.
Football is a game of probabilities. And it is incumbent upon any team to improve those probabilities in every aspect of their game as they look to build a championship caliber team.
Whenever a critical kick is the difference between winning and losing, you can’t hand your game over to one as unpredictable and unreliable as our own David Buehler.
Easily, Buehler’s failures this season contributed to at least four losses that could have instead been thrilling victories for the Cowboys.
Imagine how much different this final regular season game against the Philadelphia Eagles would have been if the Cowboys were 9-6 and one win away from the Wild Card, instead of 5-10?
Oh, and don’t think for one moment that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hasn’t thought about that, especially when he saw Buehler miss that extra point.
“I don’t even want to talk about it,” he said. “I don’t even fathom missing an extra point. I don’t even fathom it. I just can’t even think about an extra point. That’s a freak thing when we miss an extra point.”
The Cowboys put their fate in the hands of David Buehler, needing only an extra point to take a three-point lead, and even with a simple task like that Buehler could not deliver.
After the game, Buehler admitted that he has hit rock-bottom. Sounds like Buehler nailed it.