David Buehler has struggled this season. He missed a kick against Washington. He missed a kick against Chicago. He missed a kick against Tennessee. At present he is 6 for 9 (67%) and at the bottom 20% in the league for field goal percentage. However, he is surrounded by Sebastian Janikowski, Mason Crosby, Lawrence Tynes, Stephen Gostkowski, and Jeff Reed. Save for Janikowski, all the kickers play on winning teams.
Buehler’s misses may change momentum. They may take points off the board. They may even contribute to global warming. They are not the reason this Cowboys team continues to struggle. Good teams do not need great kickers. Good teams score touchdowns and play solid defense along with solid coverage on special teams.
As a side note, the former Cowboys kickers Nick Folk and Billy Cundiff are a combined 17 for 21 or 81%. Would those additional 14 percentage points really make a difference in a dreadful 2010 season? Would the additional 9 points gained from the missed kicks really vault the Cowboys to 3-1 or 4-0?
Buehler will undoubtedly take some heat for the Cowboys woes, but these are team losses through and through. Take Jeff Reed for instance; he is 8 for 12 on a 3-1 team. His job is not in jeopardy because the Steelers are winning. Winning will absolve the sins the Cowboys have and remove the demons that haunt them. We need a young priest and an old priest just to have a prayer of a chance.