A poor output of the former leading to a more vicious helping of the latter.
The Cowboys are moving forward with a new kicker as they have signed Shaun Suisham, the former Redskins who missed two kicks in the Cowboys win over Washington, in place of Nick Folk, who has missed an NFL-leading 10 field goals this season. Suisham will get his first chance at his second go-around with Dallas when he takes on the same Redskins in Washington on Sunday.
But as frustrating as it was seeing Folk miss for six consecutive games -- left, right, short, off the upright -- after looking at all the kickers that have been in Dallas since Jerry Jones took over, he's arguably the most consistent kicker the Cowboys have had.
His first two years built up a long line of credit that he exercised to the limit this season. Folk's time in Dallas is done. He will no doubt catch on with another organization and go on to have a perfectly acceptable if not exceptional NFL career as a kicker. Heck, he might even have a chance this offseason to get his head right, tweak his game, and perhaps compete for the Cowboys kicking job next season.
Folk was supposed to be the answer for the Cowboys kicking woes of the 2000s. Heck, he was an actual draft pick. Now he has been cut. Folk has a 64% on his kicks this year, which was second-worst in the NFL only to Jason Elam, who was 12-of-19 for 63% and was let go by the Falcons a few weeks ago. Not good.
Moving forward however, the Cowboys absolutely must have a kicker that can convert as the team makes a run toward the playoffs. And thus, despite Folk's two strong seasons to start his career, this change had to be made.
Here's a look at how Folk and other kickers have performed with the Cowboys in the Jerry Jones era:
|Year||Kicker||FG Made||FG Att||Pct||Blocked|
more kicking numbers to come...