Kicker move is positive step

December, 31, 2010
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The signing of Kris Brown is a step in the right direction for the Cowboys. It means the team is finally doing something to its roster regarding inconsistent play, which it's seen from David Buehler, and making moves to that effect sends a message.

Buehler's missed point-after attempt on Christmas night was one of the reasons the Cowboys lost to Arizona and was just too much to handle.

Sure Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett offered support for Buehler after the game, but the reality is going forward the team can't trust him.

This has been a season of disappointment, and the front office needed to start making moves that tell the players and fans a double-digit loss season isn't acceptable.

Now we're only talking about a kicker here, but one who is unreliable causes headaches for teams.
Brown had his own problems last season. He made a career-low 65.6 percent of his field goals for the Houston Texans, which prompted a training camp battle with Neil Rackers.

Brown was the only kicker in Texans history until some critical misses cost his team games last year. It eventually cost him his job with the Texans. In a brief stint for San Diego this season, Brown went 4-for-5 on field goal tries.

The Cowboys, we believe, know what they're getting in Brown and the two-year contract he's going to sign on Friday means there will be a legit training camp battle with Buehler.

In the last two seasons, the Cowboys have made 44 field goals, tied for 23rd in the NFL, and their 71-percent field goal percentage is second to last in the league.

Buehler and the now departed Nick Folk, who is with the New York Jets, are the reasons for the poor field goal numbers. At a certain point, a team needs to solve it's problems, and the move for Brown is an excellent decision.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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