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Mcbriar’s Return is Greatly Needed

Punter Matt McBriar was back to Pro Bowl form for the first six games in 2008. That is until he was injured on a blocked punt at the end of the Arizona game. In the six games that McBriar played in he racked up an amazing 49.0 yard average per punt. However, after he was placed on IR the punt game declined drastically.

In the final ten games of the season the Cowboys used the services of Sam Paulescu. McBriar’s replacement managed to end the year with a 41.8 yard average per punt, however that should seem high to anyone who actually watched him in action. Opponents often started inside Dallas territory due to shanked punts from Paulescu.

McBriar’s lowest average in any individual game last year was 46.7 yards per punt. Amazingly enough, in ten games Paulescu only had one game where he averaged more yards per punt than McBriar’s six game low. The absence of the Pro Bowl punter hurt the Cowboys in a big way last year, and they will be more than grateful to have him return. Whether he will return to the player he once was or not remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure, it shouldn’t be hard to make a bigger impact than his 2008 replacement.


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