Sunday, September 18, 2011
Big Decision: Should Cowboys kick to Ted Ginn?
By Jean-Jacques Taylor
Columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor will analyze the Cowboys' biggest obstacle each week for ESPN Dallas' weekly "Big Decision" series. This week's topic: To kick or not to kick to Ted Ginn.
San Francisco has an awful offense that generated 209 yards -- 85 yards rush and 124 yards passing -- and 12 first downs in Week 1.
But they beat Seattle last week because Ginn returned a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown.
Ginn has six career returns -- three kickoffs and three punts -- for touchdowns in his five-year career. He has a career punt return average of 11.2 with eight returns of 20 yards or more and a 23.0 kickoff return with 11 returns of more than 40 yards.
David Buehler has one of the league’s strongest legs and Mat McBriar is an excellent directional punter. This is the time for Jason Garrett to put his aggressive nature to the side and insist Buehler and McBriar keep the ball away from Ginn.
The only way San Francisco can win is if Ginn has a big game by consistently changing the field position with impact returns.
A blocked punt returned for a touchdown played a huge role in the Cowboys’ loss last week.
They would be wise not to let Ginn affect the game this week.