The Dallas Cowboys have a kicker problem after Brett Maher missed four extra points in Monday’s playoff win over the Buccaneers.
Apparently, though, it’s not a big enough problem to incentivize Dallas to bench Maher, or even sign a backup in case things go awry against the 49ers. What happens if Maher’s yips return in San Francisco? That’s for Jerry Jones, Mike McCarthy and company to figure out, but fans have every right to be concerned.
At the same time, though, it speaks to the Cowboys’ comradery that they’re backing Maher after the worst performance of his career.
Dak Prescott gave Maher a big vote of confidence after his sideline outburst following Maher’s second miss, and both Dalton Schultz and special teams coach John Fassel both preached conviction in Maher to the media afterwards.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped speculation of Maher’s job security, and whether the Cowboys should bring in a free agent to be safe. They did just that Thursday by signing familiar face Tristan Vizcaino to the practice squad.
You know who we can cross off the list? Former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, who took himself out of the running with a ridiculous tweet aimed at his former rivals.
Former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes trolled the Cowboys after Brett Maher’s playoff nightmare
Tynes is not a popular man around these parts, and this snarky tweet only adds to the friction between the former kicker and Cowboys fans. While we respect Tynes for keeping the rivalry going in retirement, selling out for a couple thousand likes on a tweet is a pretty sad move. What sane free agent kicker — regardless of their feelings about a team — would turn down $10 million per game?
The Ravens’ Justin Tucker makes the most annually amongst kickers at $6 million. The total value of his contract is $24 million, with just $17.5 million guaranteed. And yet, Tynes is out here turning his nose up at $10 million per contest … and the chance to compete for a Super Bowl. But hey, congrats on your 8,000 likes.
Money aside, it’s worth pondering if Cowboys fans could stomach Tynes kicking for America’s Team. After all, Tynes was a catalyst in the Giants’ upset of the 13-3 Cowboys in the Divisional Round during the 2007 playoffs.
He made all three extra points in New York’s four-point win, and went on to account for 11 points, including the game-winning kick in overtime, in the NFC Title Game against the Packers; a game the Cowboys were destined to be a part of.
At the end of the day, it’s pretty difficult to make a fool of yourself in the process of (trying to) troll a former rival, but Tynes did exactly that.
Credit to him for keeping the rivalry brewing in retirement, but the 44-year-old tried a little to hard to dunk on the Cowboys by scoffing at making $10 million to wear the star on his helmet. He absolutely would, and he knows it.