CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 23: Kicker Nick Folk #6 of the Dallas Cowboys lines up for a kick attempt against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 23, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Speaking to reporters outside the Cowboys' locker room at Valley Ranch on Tuesday, special teams coach Joe DeCamillis discussed the decision to cut Mat McBriar after more than two seasons with the team, a Pro Bowl appearance and a 2009 that saw the once automatic kicker struggle mightily.
DeCamillis spoke of the decision as a difficult one, but ultimately necessary as the team prepares to make a playoff push in the final two weeks.
"It was a difficult decision, obviously" DeCamillis said. "You don't want to see anybody struggle, and he struggled. I think he even knew it. I've got the utmost respect for him, it wouldn't surprise me if he started kicking well in the league, he just kind of went in a little bit of a funk."
DeCamillis, who came to the Cowboys this offseason from Jacksonville, expressed regret that the coaching staff couldn't help Folk through a rough patch--arguably the only rough patch thus far--in his career.
"Unfortunately, we couldn't get him out of it," DeCamillis said. "It's disappointing on my part because you hope you can do something to revive it and get it going in the right direction, it just didn't happen."