Jerry Jones on Brett Maher: Rather than rely on kicker, get it in the end zone

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Among the things that went wrong for the Cowboys in last Sunday’s loss to the Packers were a pair of missed field goals by kicker Brett Maher.

The first miss came near the end of the first half and the second cost the Cowboys a chance at trying for a last-ditch onside kick to set up a tying score. Maher has now missed three field goals so far this season and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked about his early season performance during a Tuesday appearance on 105.3 The Fan.

Field goals are being missed at a higher rate around the league, which Jones seemed to note by saying that “you don’t know if that ball is going to go through there or not” and that Maher is not an exception to that rule.

“You’d like to think you do, but you don’t. And so, his performance so far is giving us, when we step up there, we don’t know if it’s going through or not,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “We really need to make our decisions based on whether we think we can score a touchdown or not. I remember very early on when I was first involved in the NFL and with the Cowboys, we didn’t want to spend anything, and we didn’t want to get bent out of shape over a kicker because we usually thought if it comes down to the kicker to win a game, that we weren’t going to do it. Rather than rely on that, just get it in the end zone.”

Head coach Jason Garrett made a somewhat more confident show of support for Maher after the game that noted he’s made some big kicks in the past, but memories of such kicks can often fade in the face of sustained struggles.

14 responses to “Jerry Jones on Brett Maher: Rather than rely on kicker, get it in the end zone

  1. Jerry Jones is a bum and is only a “HOF owner” cause of Jimmy Johnson. That’s the hard truth.

  2. Actually, their problem was clock management. There was 2:45 left after that penalty. They should have taken three shots to the endzone at that point. If they get a TD, great. If not, they’d kick a field goal with roughly 2:20 left and a timeout which meant they wouldn’t be forced to recover an onside kick. Getting a three and out and then getting a touchdown to tie against a prevent defense is much more likely than recovering an onside kick and then getting in range for a field goal.

  3. charliecharger says:
    October 9, 2019 at 8:05 am
    Jerry’s a HOF owner who’s won 3 super bowls. I saw all three and don’t even remember who the Cowboys’ kicker was. Jerry is right, again.

    +++++++++++++++++
    Ray Finkle?

  4. If I remember correctly through the first 5′ games it seems like every field goal against Dallas so far has been good. I disagree with Jones that field goals are a crap shoot

  5. The missed FG didn’t matter. There was no way that the Cowboys were going to win that game against the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers and company owns that piece of real estate in Arlington, TX.

  6. atthemurph says:
    October 9, 2019 at 9:55 am
    “. . . Rodgers and company owns that piece of real estate in Arlington, TX.”

    You mean “Lambeau Field – South”?

  7. k1dicarus says:
    October 9, 2019 at 8:26 am
    Jerry Jones is a bum and is only a “HOF owner” cause of Jimmy Johnson. That’s the hard truth.

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    The Cowboys are the richest franchise in the world and you think it’s because of Jimmy Johnson? I’m sure Jimmy helped get the superbowls but… really? The one thing Jerry does know how to do is make money. Say what you want about his owner/gm abilities but if I’m trying to make money, I’m on team Jerry. Jerry probably makes in interest what Jimmy makes in the booth.

  8. Duh! But that’s the Cowboys modus operandi! Move up and down the field between the twenties and give up and kick a field goal!

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