KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 11: Head Coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during warm-up prior to the NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadiumin on October 11, 2009 Kansas City, Missouri. The Cowboys defeated the Chiefs 26-20 in overtime. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Among the many questions lingering after Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Chicago Bears is, “Hey, what was with that pooch-kick-type-thing?”
After rookie receiver Dez Bryant took a Brad Maynard punt back 62 yards for his first NFL touchdown, Dallas came out and pooched the kick, directly at Tim Jennings. Jennings, probably surprised like the rest of us, called for the fair catch, and kneeled at the Bears’ 42.
Three plays later, Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler hit tight end Greg Olsen for the touchdown, snatching the lead from the Cowboys once more and ending any sort of momentum Dallas may have had leading into that debacle, after the Bryant return. So, you know, what was that all about?
"We were going to kick it to 71 [Israel Idonije] and we didn't kick it far enough," explained Head Coach Wade Phillips, per the Dallas Morning News. "We wanted to be aggressive right there and I thought it was time to be aggressive. We didn't kick it far enough and the guy fair catches it."
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