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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Did Cowboys whiff on Folk decision?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

According to the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys' worst decision of 2009 was releasing kicker Nick Folk instead of stashing him on injured reserve. The thought is that Folk, a former Pro Bowl kicker, will regain his form and haunt the Cowboys for years to come.

"Releasing Folk made no sense and is a move that could come back to haunt this team," writes Cowboys beat man Gerry Fraley. "He has been a good kicker before, making 46-of-53 attempts in 2007-08, and will be a good kicker again.

"The Cowboys did not want to put Folk on injured reserve out of concern the NFL would object. Why? Folk was coming off hip surgery and was obviously having problems. And when was the last time the NFL penalized a team for stashing a player on injured reserve?"

I certainly don't recall anyone voicing this opinion at the time of Folk's release, but I guess Shaun Suisham's shaky performance down the stretch has caused some revisionist history. If I were still at the DMN, I would've voted for not benching Roy Williams as being the worst move of the '09 season.