The Reason Why Dallas Drafted Another Kicker


If you believe the draftniks and pundits, the Cowboys had a questionable 2009 draft. Like every other team, we’ll find out in a couple years if those assessments are accurate.

The one selection that seems to have caused the most fervor among draft experts was USC kicker David Buehler. He was the beast who racked 25 reps of 225 at the Combine. He’s known to have an extremely strong leg and should excel as a kick-off specialist.

A quick check of the Cowboys kick-off stats from 2008 revealed some glaring deficiencies. The ‘Boys ranked 31st in kick-off average at 60.5. They also booted a league high five kicks out of bounds and had get this, ZERO touchbacks. They were the only team in the NFL to not have a touchback. The Panthers led the league with 30 (Eagles had 17).

Maybe, and I can’t believe I’m going to write this, leatherface Jones knew what he was doing when he picked Buehler. I’m sure the Eagles stockpiling return specialists may have had something to do with the decision too.

It’s easy to trash the ‘Boys for much of what they do to improve their team (see Roy Williams trade), but this move could prove to be one that actually helps them out. I hope I’m wrong.

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  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    thanks for the compliment. i think…..well us cowboy fans get frustrated with jerry too. i do think jerry’s not done that bad in the draft and let me prove my thoughts to back it. last years draft bagged felix jones and mike jenkins who are both starting quality for oue squad. orlando scandrick was a 5th rnder and could start this year also? martellus bennett was a factor at te, even though we have witten one of the best in the game. this year we did trade for roy with our 1st, but the jury’s still out on the trade. i need to give roy a whole year without owens to take away from his offensive production. we needed depth more than anything, and we had to do it cheap with that big contract of d-ware hanging in the balance(thanks to that dumbass snyder bankrupting his team with haynesworthless’ contract) so jerry did just that. he did’nt flash, just got some cheap talent for rock bottom cost. and these guys can play, from what i’ve seen of there game videos. these guys are young and hungry, they could push an overpaid veteran very easily. that was what jerry’s draft was all about. nice article though, i enjoyed it.

  • http://www.insidetheiggles.com Scott Tunstall

    Dave – I thought Dallas had one of the best drafts in 2008. Truthfully, I’ve been too busy focusing on the Birds to notice how they did this year. It seems most of the “experts” have been critical.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    well when you don’t pick on day one and you got six guys in the room having a big draft bash, it’s dissapointing to say the least. and the experts may not be that far off. we could have had a terrible draft, depending on how you look at it. experts like todd mcshay, mike mayock, mel kiper, etc… don’t worry about em any way. if they were that good they’d be working for an nfl team, not talking about them. so would you or i….hahaha. my take is maybe a C ??? no big names, no splashes, but i do like the thought process that jerry and team put into it. yes we had a great draft last year that landed us some good long term starters. this year we had no 1st, so roy williams will be the test of this one. i think he’ll be fine considering what we would have taken in the draft anyways; probably a wr that would take 1-3 years to develop into what roy williams is already. we let owens go, so now roy can spread his wings so to speak. i do like the talent that we got at lb/safety. we nabbed a couple of Dbacks that are a crapshoot in any round, 1st included. we got a young development qb, oline depth, and a kicker that could put it out of yankee stadium? so you’ll see us go from 31st on special teams to a remarkable upswing. we lost at least 2 games last year do to special teams play over all. we have a ton of young, CHEAP, developmental talent that allows us to spend some cap money and get D-ware signed this year, and next year we could go uncapped, so i can see jerry’s concern on over spending this year. hey, we just built a new house and the economy is’nt the best right now, so jerry got frugal this year….??? don’t know if i blame him. my approach is exciting to see this preason for a change to see how much and what this young talent is about…..wait and see attitude right now. i guess thats a coppout, but with no first rounder it’s hard to gage at this point.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    and i will say that i thought the rest of the east did well. i thought you guys came out on top, and maybe one of the best drafts in the whole league. maclin was a steal, mccoy was good medicine for a workhorse like westbrook, the TE ingram will be another fine weapon, and adding hobbs was great. you’ll be the team to beat in the east this year at this point. the giants did well in freeagency, and hicks will be good, but he ain’t plaxico???? even wash. did weel with getting arackpo to fall ? should be a dog fight in the east again….we got to stay healthy or will never compete this year because it’ll take 2 years for some of these young guys to develop enough talent to start???

  • http://www.insidetheiggles.com Scott Tunstall

    Having seen a lot of Clemson games over the last two years, I will say Michael Hamlin was a good pick. He can play either safety position. I guess Jerry likes safeties named Hamlin ;)