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Monday, November 15, 2010
Are there concerns about David Buehler?

By Calvin Watkins


The Cowboys' 33-20 victory over the Giants on Sunday raised some issues regarding kicker David Buehler.

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For the day, Buehler went two-of-three on field goal tries, but he pushed a 34-yarder in the fourth quarter wide right and his point-after attempt in the first quarter was blocked.

Of his seven kickoffs, only one got into the end zone, and it was returned.

Buehler has a strong leg, but either the team wants him to send kickoffs to certain places on the field, instead of booming it into the end zone, or there's a health issue.

It doesn't appear Buehler has any health problems with his leg, feet or hips, but the missed kick and the lack of touchbacks raises some concerns.

On the season, Buehler is 11-of-15 on field goal tries. Prior to the fourth-quarter miss, Buehler had made his last six field goal attempts.

"Mat is telling me to shrug it off," said Buehler, referring to punter and holder Mat McBriar. "But it’s hard and I want to make everything, especially those ones [in the fourth quarter]."

The Cowboys released last year's kicker, Nick Folk, in the offseason, and he's now with the New York Jets and having a wonderful year, expect for Sunday when he missed three field goals in an overtime win vs. Cleveland.

With the Cowboys evaluating their positions, the organization needs to seriously look at the kicker position. This is not to say to get rid of Buehler, but finding a field goal kicker for 2011 has to be on the list of things to do.