Cowboys Don't Miss Kicking Folk To the Curb

Phil BrennanCorrespondent IDecember 21, 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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Looks like an early Christmas wish has been given to Cowboy fans.

Per (whom I despise), placekicker Nick Folk has gotten the boot in preference of just released kicker Shaun Suisham.

Suisham has a prior history with the Cowboys, having kicked for them in six games over the course of two seasons (2005-06).

Suisham can relate to Folks recent misery, having been given his walking papers by the Redskins shortly after missing a crucial 22-yard field goal against the then undefeated Saints, which would have sealed the game.

For Folk, a former Pro-Bowler, it simply looks like a classic case of the yips.  I wrote about Folk's sketchy mental state in my Week 13 ruminations a few weeks back. 

Folk leads the league in missed field goals with 10 this season.

Ironically enough, the final straw for Dallas was Folk's clank of a game-clinching 24-yard chip shot against the Saints on Dec. 19.

The Cowboys held on to win the game, but apparently had seen enough of Folk.

The team is in the midst of a playoff push and clearly decided it could not rely on Folk's inconsistencies down-the-stretch.

Suishum will surely be looking to exact a bit of revenge when he suits up in his first game against the Redskins on Dec. 27.