What the Folk?: Dallas Cowboys Kicking Woes Continue Against Saints

Chad HensleyCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 13:  Kicker Nick Folk #6 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after missing a field goal against the San Diego Chargers at Cowboys Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys kicker Nick Folk's days are probably numbered after missing another field goal against the New Orleans Saints Saturday night.

Folk missed a chip shot from 22 yards that would have put the Cowboys up by 10 with 2:16 to go in the fourth quarter.

Instead, Folk's gaffe gave the Saints life. Fortunately for the Cowboys, the defense held, but it is obvious the team must go in a different direction at the kicking position.

The obvious choice to replace Folk is kickoff specialist David Buehler. But apparently Buehler is "rusty" when it comes to kicking field goals.

I have never been a kicker, and definitely not an NFL kicker, but what the hell is Buehler doing throughout the week at practice if he isn't practicing field goals on a regular basis? 

Does he really just practice kicking off the entire time? Is the technique so different between kicking field goals and kickoffs that if he practices one he will mess up the other?  Is it similar to having a home run swing with an upper cut as opposed to swinging level with power?  I don't know, but something just doesn't add up.

The next choice would probably be free agent kicker Jason Elam. The only problem with Elam is that he was actually worse than Folk before he was cut by Atlanta

Elam had hit only 12 of 19 field goals, and Folk now sits at 18 for 28 after missing a field in each of the last 6 games.

The Cowboys are considering placing Folk on injured reserve , which I agree would be smart because the guy is effective when his mental state is in check.

That said, I believe the decision should be to go with Buehler and add a player to help them on special teams, or possibly someone who can give them depth at a position that they isn't as deep as they would like.