ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 19: Nick Folk #6 of the Dallas Cowboys lines up in position prior to a field goal attempt during the NFL game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on October 19, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams defeated the Cowboys 34-14. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Folk has missed eight of his last fifteen attempts, and is 18 for 28 on the season, the lowest mark (64.3 %) of any kicker in the NFL with the minimum number of attempts (20). More importantly though, it’s becoming clear that these struggles could wind up costing the team dearly in the long run.
A week after missing a field goal in Dallas’s three-point loss to San Diego at home, Folk missed what could have been a game-clinching field goal in New Orleans, giving new life to a dangerous Saints offense. Of course, the defense stepped up, with DeMarcus Ware forcing a Drew Brees fumble to end any hope of a comeback; had he not, the kicker might have been walking home from the Big Easy.
Despite the victory, Folk’s days in Dallas are almost certainly numbered. The team is reportedly working out Shaun Suisham today, who spent time with the Redskins this season before in accuracy led to his being cut by the team. Suisham kicked for Dallas previously in 2006, going 4 for 6 on field goals.
At any rate, Jerry Jones’ post-game remarks point to a looming change at that position.
“I really haven’t decided,” said Jones in response to the Folk question. "That's not a good picture right there. I've got to look at that picture."
Even Phillips seems to be fleeing Folk’s corner, after a holder change and a season of supporting the maligned kicker.
"Disappointing," Phillips said Saturday night. "I'm concerned when you miss one from that close, no matter who's holding."
With auditions reportedly being held this week, a decision could come as early as this afternoon.