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)
In discussing the unclear-at-the-moment kicking situation on Monday, Wade Phillips said that it would be difficult to find a replacement at this time of year, reasoning that if anyone out there could do better than Nick Folk, they wouldn't be "out there," so to speak, in the first place.
"Most of them out there have probably done worse," Phillips said.
Perhaps Phillips is right, but the thought doesn't paint a pretty picture. Folk has one more miss through 13 games this season than he had in his first two seasons combined. David Buehler, who began working on field goals in practice yesterday, was, in a word, inaccurate after spending the season focusing almost exclusively on kickoffs.
This doesn't mean nothing will happen, though. Jerry Jones, discussing the situation on 105.3 The Fan's Jagger Show, said that he would not rule out anything at this point. Interestingly, when Jones was asked about Wade's assertion on Monday--that no one was really out there at this point--the owner summarily dismissed the notion.
"Well no, that's not necessarily so because you do have kickers that are there and it is not common but it is done in the middle of seasons to basically bring in a kicker, but we've got a kicker on-board as well, so we've got some options," Jones said. "So we'll see how this week goes--and we've got a short week, as you know--so we'll be quick about this."
Well, it is Wednesday now and Folk, until further notice is the kicker for your Dallas Cowboys. But echoing Wade in the post-game press conference on Sunday, Jones gave an open-ended answer when asked of Folk's future with the team.
"We're going to look at it this week and see how he (Folk) kicks," Jones said, "and we'll take a look at what our options are and go from there."