David Buehler rewards Cowboys' trust
December, 5, 2010
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jerry Jones grinned when asked whether he had ever regretted his decision with go with David Buehler as the Cowboys’ field goal kicker this season.
“How many minutes ago?” Jones joked about a half hour after Buehler drilled a 38-yarder to seal the Cowboys’ 38-35 overtime win over the Colts.
Jones had his tongue firmly planted in cheek, but he acknowledges that it’s been quite a roller-coaster ride with Buehler as the full-time kicker. Buehler ranks near the bottom of the NFL in field-goal accuracy, having made 16 of 22 kicks (72.7 percent).
That includes a miss from 59 yards that would have sent last week’s loss to the Saints into overtime.
Kickers who made 59-yarders with the game on the line are heroes. Kickers who miss from that distance are human. However, Buehler took that miss especially hard. And that made his game-winner this week even more satisfying.
“The weight is lifted off my shoulders from last week,” Buehler said. “That’s for damn sure.”
Interim coach Jason Garrett showed a lot of confidence in Buehler. The Cowboys attempted the game-winner on third down instead of trying to drive for a touchdown or get into chip-shot range.
“I have a tremendous amount of trust in him,” Garrett said. “We were going to give him every opportunity once we got into field goal range to win the game for us. He certainly stepped up and did it.”