It took 15 games and a missed extra point to do it, but the Dallas Cowboys will finally bring in some competition for kicker David Buehler. The club will add former Houston Texans kicker Kris Brown, 34, to the roster Friday, according to ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer.
It's something the Cowboys should've done way back in training camp, but owner Jerry Jones used a "burn the boats" philosophy, which is to say he thought the lack of a backup plan would somehow inspire Buehler. Instead, Buehler has been one of the most erratic kickers in the league. He's talented enough to have made four fields goals from 50 yards or more, but he's also capable of missing one from 20 yards. Brown, who played plenty of high school games at Texas Stadium, will now have a chance to kick for his hometown team.
I would expect Buehler to hold onto the kickoff job next season, but Brown will offer stiff competition at placekicker. It's a good move by the Cowboys, but it came too late in the season.