Grading the Dallas Cowboys Special Teams & Brass

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Dan Bailey

The fact is only one kicker in the entire History of the Cowboys has scored more points than Bailey has, and he was here for 9 years to do that. His best season isn’t as good as Bailey’s worst one in terms of points of success percentage. In his still short career Bailey has missed only nine field goals. Two in each of the last two seasons. He has never missed an extra point. He even improved on his kickoffs last year, regularly putting the Kickoffs so deep they were not brought out of the endzone. I may hate kickers, but I’ve got to do the unthinkable and give Dan Bailey an A. I don’t know what to fault him for other than his position on the team.

My friend once asked me, “punter too?” Yeah, I hate them too, they’re kickers. I have a nephew who shares the name of the Cowboys punter, Chris Jones. I was determined not to like Jones. Nothing personal beyond his position, but he took the place of Mat McBriar who had proven to be so valuable.It is interesting to me that since being let go by the Cowboys he hasn’t been successful at all.

Then someone closely associated with the Cowboys told me something interesting. He said McBriar told him, “Chris Jones is further along than I was at the same point in our careers.” Jones is a bit behind McBriar in career punting average but he has certainly been valuable to the team. I can’t give him an A, but I am giving him a B+. I’d like to see him pin more teams inside the 20, but he isn’t exactly shabby at it now.

Louis Phillipe Ladouceur is Mr. Steady on the Cowboys. I remember when we kept LP and let Jeff Robinson go. Everyone said it was crazy. Robinson was no Dale Hellestrae, but he was darned good. The thing is LP might be as good as Hellestrae was. I doubt he’ll ever be on David Letterman snapping the football through the open window of a moving car, but we aren’t Champions like Hellestrae was. In his entire career LP has not missed a snap on a punt, Field Goal or Extra Point. Is that any good? He also gets an A.

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