A Folk’d Up Kicking Situation

After missing five field goals in the last four games, the Cowboys are starting to worry about their kicking situation. Nick Folk was automatic his rookie year making the pro bowl in 2007 and continued to shine in 2008. He had hip surgery in the offseason and didn’t resume kicking until training camp. This season Folk has missed 8 of 24 attempts.

It’s possible he’s just having an off year and after missing his normal offseason training and routine because of surgery it certainly explains why he’s struggling.

But its also possible that the misses aren’t completely Folk’s fault. As stated by the coaches, it could be a combination of things. Folk automatically gets the blame because he’s the kicker but there is also the long snapper and the holder in the mix.

“The hold, the snap, the kick, the coach,” special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said, including himself in the equation. “We’ve got to get it squared away.”

“I’m worried that it’s a combination of confidence more than anything,” Wade Phillips said. “They work all the time on it. Those guys spend a lot of practice time snapping and holding, snapping and holding. That’s what they do and kicking. I would feel like we would have more confidence than we’ve had. Whether it’s working into the kicker or the holder or whoever, we’ve got to determine what we need to do there and go forward.”

“I’m not losing any faith in Nick at all,” DeCamillis said. “I’ve been around this thing for 22 years, and I’ve seen them miss ’em and I’ve seen them make ’em. They go through stretches just like any other player. Unfortunately for him, it’s right out in the open for everybody to see.”

Both Wade Phillips and Joe DeCamillis are confident in Nick Folk’s ability so it doesn’t seem like any big changes are coming, but they will be working on some of the details and smaller aspects of the field goal unit.

Rookie kicker David Buehler is excellent on kickoffs but not as accurate or consistent when it comes to field goals.

Don’t expect to see any noticeable changes any time soon. It’s likely they will just practice more and try to correct the problem.

Hopefully the crowd can get back to cheering “FOLK YEAH!” very soon.

Cowboys Extra Points: DeCamillis Released, Pacman To Jets, Romo

extrapts2Our NFL beat writer, James Edwards, reports that cornerback Adam “Pac-Man” Jones could have garnered some interest from the Jets. He writes,

Pacman Jones, who our Dallas Cowboys just recently divorced, now wants back into the NFL and apparently the quickly rebuilding Jets are interested in his services. The New York Jets have made big moves this off-season by picking up Rex Ryan the defensive genius who was the mastermind of the Baltimore Ravens feared defense. They also added LB Bart Scott also from Baltimore, and traded up in this year’s draft to the 5th spot and selected QB Mark Sanchez from USC.

Will be tied to every Pacman Jones story for ever just because he played for us for six months?

Tony Romo’s bid to qualify for the U.S. Open fell short on Monday at Dallas National Golf Club. Romo shot an 80 in the local qualifying round. He will now attempt to qualify for the HP Byron Nelson Championship today at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney.

Wouldn’t it be great if Tony Romo could spend some time qualifying for the NFL post season?

Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was released from Parkland Memorial Hospital on Sunday, less than a week after undergoing surgery for a fractured vertebrae. DeCamillis suffered the injury in the collapse of the Cowboys’ indoor practice facility May 2. He initially was seen walking around after the incident but complained of neck pain and was taken to the hospital.

Get well soon Joe, training camp is getting closer…

Joe DeCamillis Surgery Is A Success

Several sources are now reporting that special teams coach Joe DeCamillis underwent successful surgery Monday at Parkland Hospital to stabilize a fractured vertebra in his neck, the Dallas Cowboys said in a statement.

He remains in stable condition and should be released from the hospital this week.

DeCamillis was among 12 people hospitalized in the aftermath of the collapse of the Cowboys’ indoor practice facility during rookie minicamp Saturday.

DeCamillis, 43, sustained a fracture of one of his cervical vertebrae without paralysis. He was one of three people with serious injuries.

It is unknown when DeCamillis will be able to return to work.

Get well soon Joe, we all wish you a speedy recovery.

Reactions Following the Collapse of the Cowboys Facility

The day after the collapse of the Dallas Cowboys practice facility, some questions are finally being answered.

Officials say a ‘microburst’ is to blame for the damage. A storm with high winds, just under that of a tornado, swept through the area. However, the only reported damage was to the Cowboys practice facility.

A dozen were injured while 60 people walked away with only scrapes and bruises. New Special Teams coach Joe DeCamillis suffered broken vertebrae in his back and will likely need surgery. Cowboys assistant scout Rich Behm underwent surgery on his spinal cord late Saturday night at Parkland Memorial Hospital, according to Matt Mosley of ESPN.

Here are some reactions following the collapse of the Dallas Cowboys training facility on Saturday, May 2nd: 

Bobby Carpenter “It was kind of unbelievable, seeing the shots from inside and everything. To think that something like that could happen. We’ve been in there when it’s been windy, a little bit of light-shaking, but nothing quite that extreme.”

Dan Reeves on Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis injuries:  “It’s just lucky and fortunate and a miracle really he’s not paralyzed.”

David Buehler: “My initial thought was, how many people are dead in this? I thought I was the lucky one.”

David Buehler:  “I thought I was OK, and then a steel pole hit me in the right side of the head and left a big knot. It was one of the craziest things I’ve ever experienced. We were all in shock. Welcome to the NFL.”

Dave Campo: “I feel like I was in a fight. When it came down, I didn’t have much time to react. What scared me the most was that my son was in the building. Practice was going well. That was a helluva ending.”

An Anonymous Player because the players were instructed not to comment: “It was really loud, the rain, which is normal for a bubble. When the lights really started shaking and the walls beating is when we knew it was getting bad, and then it started to collapse. We just started taking off running. One wall fell toward the middle. We didn’t have anything fall on us. Before we left the structure, we were leaning up against the wall thinking it was a tornado.”

National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Woodall: “The fact that there weren’t more injuries is rather miraculous.”

Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News (Speaking of Josh Ellis and Nick Eatman of “All I saw was blue jerseys. I was trapped. I couldn’t move. Then those guys lifted it up-not very far, but I was able to move from my side to my back. … Once I got out of there, I looked back and the whole thing was down.”

Jim Zorn, Washington Redskins head coach: “I asked our guys, ‘If you’re a praying man, really remember those guys.’ What a tragedy that is. How unpredictable that must be. Fortunately, they didn’t have 115 guys in that bubble at that time because there might have been a lot more injuries. So we’re thankful that there were very few.”

Wade Phillips: “We’re lucky no one got electrocuted with all the water in the building. A couple of players had minor injuries, but they were all right.”

Latest On Roof Collapse At Cowboys Training Facility

Ten people were transported to the hospital and two more were treated as walk-ins after the Cowboys’ indoor facility collapsed today, according to Irving assistant fire chief Rusty Wilson.

At least two of the injuries are considered serious. No further information was released due to privacy laws.

Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was among those injured when the roof of the team’s practice facility collapsed during a storm.

Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said four team support staff members were injured and all players and coaches were accounted for. He didn’t know the extent of the injuries of the four, who he said were hospitalized.

Assistant coach Brett Maxie suffered a laceration on his leg, a source told’s Matt Mosley.

DeCamillis was seen putting on a neck brace and being taken out of the team’s main office building on a stretcher.

Team scout Chris Hall suffered multiple arm injuries after being trapped underneath the frame, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The roof came down at about 4:30 p.m. ET during a severe thunderstorm while the team was going through the second day of a three-day rookie mini-camp. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, in a TV interview from the Kentucky Derby, said 27 rookies were going through the workout.

Witnesses said lights started flickering and shaking minutes before the collapse, prompting players, coaches, staff members and reporters to vacate the building. Several people were trying to exit the facility as the roof came down.

The storm was producing winds measured at 64 mph just before it struck the Cowboys facility, said National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Harris in Fort Worth.

A witness on the scene told Mosley that players and coaches raced back into the facility to try and locate people that may have been trapped. Coach Wade Phillips directed emergency crews to at least three trapped people, according to the Star-Telegram.

Dalrymple said rescue personnel were still going through the debris to make sure everyone was accounted for.

Irving fire-rescue officials ordered all reporters and team personnel away from the immediate area.

The roof is a large air-supported canopy with aluminum frames covering a regulation 100-yard football field.

Our prayers go out to everyone involved and we hope for a speedy recovery for those who were injured.

Focusing On Special Teams

The Star-Telegram highlighted a few recently drafted Cowboys who they believe will make a significant impact on our special teams this season.

Jason Williams, linebacker – Tied an all-NCAA-division record by forcing 14 career fumbles while at Western Illinois. Williams excelled on special teams before becoming a full-time starter in 2006, when he earned the team’s Green Beret Award for his play on special teams.

Victor Butler, linebacker – Butler has an exceptional burst off the edge and very long arms. He blocked one punt at Oregon State and was close to blocking other kicks. His background as a prep wide receiver, safety, and kick returner reflects his athletic ability.

David Buehler, kicker- Had touchbacks on 55 percent of his kickoffs as a senior at USC. A rare physical specimen (6-2, 227) for a kicker with the strength (benches 225 pounds 25 times) and speed (4.5) to be on coverage teams. Backup on field goals to Pro Bowler Nick Folk.

DeAngelo Smith, cornerback/kick returner – Big-play performer at Cincinnati who had two interception returns for touchdowns, four fumble recoveries, averaged 20.8 yards per kickoff return and 9.5 yards on punt returns.

Staying on topic with special teams, Jean-Jacques Taylor reminded us why we need to beef up special teams and why Joe DeCamillis will make a difference.

The Cowboys’ special teams stunk last year. It’s an indisputable fact. That’s the reason Bruce Read no longer works in Dallas and among the reasons the Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs.  Who can forget the collapse against Arizona that began with the opening kickoff returned for a touchdown and ended with a blocked punt in overtime returned for a touchdown? Or the raggedy kickoff coverage that nearly resulted in a disastrous loss to Cincinnati?

Well, let me tell you, Joe DeCamillis is here to save the day.  

DeCamillis has spent his entire 21-year career coaching special teams for the Broncos, Giants, Falcons and Jaguars before arriving in Dallas a few months ago. He spent 10 seasons with Atlanta, where he worked with Phillips.

Josh Ellis of was very impressed with what he saw of DeCamillis at Rookie Mini-camp yesterday.

Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis again displayed the fire that has a lot of people around the team believing his units are poised from a big turnaround. The real test will be whether he can bring the same energy to the practice fields when the veterans are here.

I’ve been complaining about our special teams play for nearly three years now. For the first time in a long time, I am beginning to get some good vibes with this renewed focus on this important aspect of our team. I’m not ready to say we’re finally there yet, but I will say I am digging what I’m seeing and hearing about so far.

Till next time…