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Romo to Hold

Since the 31-24 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys have been searching for answers. The biggest problem under the microscope at Valley Ranch this week is the field goal operation. Kicker Nick Folk, now in his third year with Dallas, used to be named “Mr. Clutch”. As of the beginning of the season, Folk had only missed seven field-goal attempts in two full seasons. So far this year Folk has missed eight.

One of the reasons Folk has missed more kicks this year than he did during his first two seasons combined is his new holder, punter Matt McBriar. McBriar has taken the blame for three of Folk’s misses this year. Whether McBriar is having trouble with the snap or just not getting the ball in the right position, something is just not right.

Folk also had surgery on his hip early in training camp this season to repair an injury sustained in the off-season. Some feel that this injury is what has hindered his accuracy on kicks. The coaching staff disagrees and they have been trying numerous players out on holding duties this week in practice. Patrick Crayton, Jon Kitna, and Sam Hurd have all tried their luck at the holder position, even rookie kicker David Beuhler gave it a go in practice.

It appears that the only one that is impressing the coaches enough to challenge McBriar is quarterback Tony Romo. Who can forget the last time that Romo held for field-goals? It was January 2007, in Seattle, Romo had just driven the Cowboys down the field to get into position for a game winning field-goal. Romo and, then kicker, Martin Gramatica, broke the huddle and lined up for the winning attempt. We all know that Romo ended up bobbling the snap and trying to break for the goal-line only to come up a yard short and watch the Superbowl hopes of the team and coach Bill Parcells fall by the wayside.

Well it appears that Romo will get his chance at redemption. We all know that Romo is a great quarterback that has done many things 90% of quarterbacks will never do in this league. Now we get to see if he can add one more thing to the list of duties he carries every week.

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3 Responses to “Romo to Hold”

  1. Andrew says:

    Romo sucks. Go bolts. Romo can’t do what rivers has done. Look at the stats. What do u mean can do things no other quarterback can do?

    • Alex Weston says:

      Hey Andrew,

      Why don’t you compare career stats and then tell me that. While Rivers is a phenomenal quarterback, and is having a little bit better season then Romo, career stats wise, Romo is far ahead especially in rating. Of course neither of them have won anything. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Rob says:

    Wade Phillips will be back in SD next season as defensive coordinator after the Cowboys lose this game and falter this season, but it isn’t his fault. Jerry Jones needs to either fire himself and sell the team or drop the facade and hire himself as head coach and GM. Like the Raiders, this franchise is doomed as long as it has this owner.

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