- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas – The thought of replacing David Buehler hasn’t crossed Jerry Jones’ mind other than when the Cowboys’ owner/general manager is asked about the possibility.
The Cowboys were committed to keeping only one kicker and felt comfortable with the scenario after Buehler made 10 of 11 field goals during the preseason. That comfort level didn’t drop after Buehler’s 34-yard attempt sailed wide right in the season-opening loss to the Redskins.
“Not at all. Not at all,” Jones said Thursday. “I want the three points. It’s less about Buehler and more about the points. But I like his mental makeup under pressure. It’ll be there under pressure in my mind. I know how sound our guys think he’s kicking right now. All of that bodes well for us.
“Not the other night, when he missed the field or since he’s missed the field goal, have I thought of any alternatives there. Period.”
Buehler was erratic as a field goal kicker at USC and wasn’t good enough as a rookie last season to handle the job when Nick Folk caught a bad case of the yips. But the Cowboys hired Chris Boniol as a kicking consultant to work with Buehler, who completely revamped his fundamentals and mental approach this offseason.
Now how much rope does Buehler have after missing his only regular-season field goal attempt?
“I’m going to do this just right,” Jones replied, collecting his thoughts for a moment. The promise of what he can do for us and the fact that we’ve got Boniol and the fact that we’ve got Joe [DeCamillis] and they’re so much on the page with him and likes his fundamentals and the way he strikes the ball, his makeup, everything about him, he’s come in here, he’s a ballplayer …
“When I think of all of that, I’d say there’s a lot of rope.”