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Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Jerry Jones rips David Buehler's preparation

D. Buehler was placed on Injured Reserve with a groin injury (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s not often you hear an owner rip his team’s kicker, but as we’ve come to expect from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, his outspokenness continues to amaze and inspire.

That’s why we point you to comments Jones made on his radio show, via the Fort Worth Star Telegram, in which he crapped on David Buehler -- the man who handles the team’s kickoffs (but not the field goals and extra points) who was placed on Injured Reserve Thursday with a groin injury -- and questioned his preparation.

“Let me just say this: I’m frustrated because you would expect players to… and I understand injury, but he has known all along how to prepare and how to get in shape and how to prepare himself and be ready to be a kicker,” Jones said. “Now it’s frustrating to have your kicker injured. So he’s a valuable asset, especially with the rules as they are right now, we’re going to be playing some key away games out in the weather.

“We’d like to have him kicking in them because he is a better kickoff guy than [Dan] Bailey. So I’m very frustrated. It is his job to stay ready to play and prepare himself so those kinds of things for what he’s got to do don’t come up.”

In 2009, Buehler recorded 29 touchbacks, and the next season, he had 22. This year, he’s only got nine in 18 attempts, and for a guy whose job description is to provide touchbacks (during a year when it’s easier than ever), that’s not a very good percentage. It obviously won’t improve since his year is over, but the saddest part about Buehler’s season-ending injury is that he won’t get a chance to hit any more kick returners in the mouth.

And the way Jones is talking, you have to wonder if perhaps Buehler’s Cowboys career is heading in the same direction.

Reporters, including ESPN Dallas, talked to Buehler, and he said his groin still hurts and that the right side of his groin is black and blue.

“It sucks, “Buehler said. Which is certainly one way of putting it.

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Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:04 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Cowboys kicker: hit Ted Ginn in the mouth early

Buehler says "as long as you hit him in the mouth earlier," Ginn "might give up." (AP/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson


When the Miami Dolphins selected Ted Ginn Jr. in the first round of the 2007 draft, the hope was that he'd be both a big-play wide receiver and a dangerous return threat. In three seasons, Ginn never caught more than 56 passes in a season or registered more than 790 receiving yards. He did have three special-teams touchdowns (one punt return, two kickoff returns), which is why the 49ers traded for him before the 2010 season.

Against the Seahawks in Week 1, Ginn didn't catch a single pass, but he scored twice in the span of 51 seconds. With 3:56 left in the fourth quarter, Ginn took a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown. And then, less than a minute later, he returned a punt 55 yards for six points more. San Francisco won going away, 33-17.

On Sunday, the 49ers host the Cowboys and you'd have to think that slowing Ginn on special teams would be in the game plan. How exactly do you do that? Glad you asked. 

"If the wind is at my back, hopefully I'll get the green light and be able to kick a touchback and keep it out of Ted Ginn's hands because he is a dangerous returner," Cowboys kicker David Buehler said, according to the Dallas Morning News'Rainer Sabin. "As long as you hit him in the mouth earlier, I think he might give up."

Nothing quite like having the kicker imply that you're soft.

To be fair, Buehler isn't some 135-pound former soccer player now making his living on the football field. We wrote about him two and a half years ago at the 2009 NFL Combine when he showed up in Indy and bench-pressed 225 pounds 25 times. That was better than 27 offensive linemen, including Michael Oher and Eugene Monroe. Buehler wasn't done; he also ran a sub 4.7 40-yard dash, which could come in handy should he choose to kick to Ginn Sunday afternoon.


The Cowboys saw a 4th quarter lead evaporate last week against the Jets. They will look to bounce back this Sunday when they travel to San Francisco to battle the 49ers. Join CBSSports.com's Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan for a preview.

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 10:32 am
Edited on: September 23, 2010 11:44 am
 

Hot Routes 9.23.10 sober but still volatile

Posted by Andy Benoit

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The Patriots extended their naming-rights deal with Gillette to 2031. This likely means another 20 years of seeing those razors painted near mid-field in New England.M. Singletary (US Presswire)

Anyone who saw Mike Singletary’s testy interview with KPIX’s Dennis O’Donnell last week will be disappointed to know that the 49ers and KPIX have jointly agreed to replace O’Donnell with Kim Coyle.

Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill is out with a right leg injury that was originally called a calf problem but, according to Pete Carroll, is closer to the Achilles. (This likely means it is an Achilles injury since there isn’t anything particularly close to the Achilles, except, of course, the calf.) Call this karmic justice – Hill probably should have been suspended for more than just Week 1 anyway.

Very few teams are scrutinized enough to have stories written about their kickers struggling in practice. Unfortunately for David Buehler (Buehler?...Buehler?....Buehler?), the Cowboys are one of those teams.

Besides acting like a punk about his DWI arrest and saying he doesn’t understand why it’s a black eye for the organization, there’s another reason to find Braylon Edwards’ behavior this week reproachable and inexcusable: Two years ago, Edwards was one of the men drinking earlier in the night with Donte Stallworth hours before Stallworth drove home and hit and killed Mario Reyes.

Derrick Mason is not speaking to the media for the rest of the season. This is big news for Baltimore journalists because Mason is one of the better interviews in the league. Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun is holding out hope that the veteran wideout will still blow a fuse sometime in November, though.

More Ravens news, linebacker Tavares Gooden is out at least a couple of weeks with a shoulder injury.

Beanie Wells told reporters he will definitely play Sunday. Sounds like someone saw Tim Hightower’s 80-yard touchdown run last week.

The Panthers are having a little trouble finding a quality No. 2 receiver. Fortunately, not having a No 2 receiver is not a big deal when you don’t even have a No. 1 quarterback.

Safety Kareem Moore is finally back for the Redskins. Left tackle Trent Williams did not practice Wednesday due to a sprained knee, but he’s expected to play Sunday. (We can assume that, even while sitting out, Williams still had a better practice than replacement Stephon Heyer.)

Chris Johnson responded to Hines Ward’s assertion that he “gave up” after being hit so many times by the Steelers last Sunday.


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Posted on: August 19, 2010 9:07 pm
 

Buehler has a bad day for Dallas

D. Buehler had a bad today for Dallas (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

David Buehler has seen nothing but success with the Cowboys. He was drafted in the fifth round in 2009 and brought into town after Dallas failed to record a touchback the season prior. The result: Buehler, as the team’s kickoff specialist, led the league with 29 touchbacks last year.

Now, he’s being given the chance to fix the place-kicking problems. Last season, Nick Folk went 18 of 28. The result: Buehler will take over Folk’s old job.

So far this offseason, he’s been consistent with his kicks and has improved his technique. That is, until today when Buehler – who last place-kicked at USC, where he connected on 78.8 percent of his field goal tries during his career – went 3 for 7.

The Cowboys, though, aren’t worried.

"The wind was blowing out here, and we kicked more long ones today," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips told reporters, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . "He was upset that he missed them, and we were too. He's been pretty consistent, and we've just got to stay with it. You've got to stay with what he's been doing well."

Buehler, it should be noted, had made 11 of 12 with the team training in Oxnard, Calif., and he’s 5 for 6 in preseason games.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 9:51 pm
 

Longwell critical of Cowboys kicker

Posted by Andy Benoit
R. Longwell (US Presswire)
We have a rare case of a kicker speaking candidly and critically. Before you clinch your fist, you should know, it’s NOT Mike Vanderjagt. Not even close, in fact. This is a kicker most people actually like: Minnesota’s Ryan Longwell.

Surprisingly, Longwell’s candid comments were about another kicker: Dallas’s David Buehler (Buehler?...Buehler?....Buehler?....)

Buehler is transitioning from kickoff specialist to all-around kicker (i.e. he’s learning how to kick field goals). He is 6/7 in the preseason thus far, though in speaking with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Longwell talked about the youngster’s lone miss (which came in the Hall of Fame Game against Cincinnati). "He's got a huge kickoff leg, but he missed that field goal ... by 20 yards," Longwell said. "I'm not sure if you can be there if you're hitting balls like that."

Longwell isn’t shy about his high opinion of kickers – and, in truth, he makes some good points:

"In building a team, I think kicker would rank pretty high. It's one of the few positions in the world that's either an A or an F. There are no C's in kicking. Your successful teams always seem to have the consistent kickers. And the teams that are always a near miss are always teams that think they can sneak one by with a kicker who doesn't have the experience."

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 12:11 am
Edited on: August 9, 2010 12:16 am
 

Winners and losers from the Hall of Fame Game

Posted by Will Brinson

Football is underway. That means two things: 1) we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief and 2) it's time for immediate snap judgments!

Sure, firing out winners and losers for one little football game that featured only two teams may seem a bit extreme, but, look, this is all the NFL action we've got right now, okay? So we're gonna break it down.

Winners
Doug Free -- He's was the most talked about player on the Cowboys this offseason (somehow). And he showed exactly why the Cowboys had faith enough in him to let Flozell Adams go. Granted, it was just one serious, but he looked strong, agile and acc-ur-ate, if I may quote Ben Wallace. Given Alex Barron's struggles and the injury he suffered on Sunday night, there's no reason to think Free's job is in trouble.

Jordan Shipley -- The rookie out of Texas managed to make two catches for 17 yards, which is pretty impressive when J.T. O'Sullivan and Jordan Palmer are throwing the ball. But he made his biggest impression when he made a sick 63-yard punt return to setup Cincy for their only touchdown of the game. Consider that not only is Carson Palmer being very vocal for Shipley but that Antonio Bryant is injured, and it's entirely possible we see Shipley getting a lot of action in the slot early in the season. He would do quite well there.

Tashard Choice -- Choice's "job" (read: third-string running back) is necessarily in jeopardy. But the better he performs, the more action he'll get during the regular season. And that's not even counting when the oft-injured Felix Jones eventually goes down, which he will. Choice piled up 41 yards on just seven attempts and looked vastly better than any other running back on the field outside of this guy ...

Marion Barber -- He didn't do anything -- two runs, one for five yards and one for two yards -- really special. But it's what he didn't do (fumble in the red zone) that separates him from Jones. And considering that many people felt like Felix could take over the starting role this year, well, that's a good thing.

Terrell Owens -- There's nothing special about two catches for 18 yards, but the good news for the prima donna is that it looks like the Bengals are willing to cater to him. Either that or it was just all fun and games spending the offense's first quarter targeting him at every opportunity. For Owens' part, he really did nothing wrong outside of he and Chad Ochocinco's eye-rolling Batman/Robin interview before the game. Also, he signed autographs for fans during the entire second half.

Losers
Felix Jones -- See above. If you're trying to steal carries during a season in which you bulked up to make yourself a better "between-the-tackles" back, do NOT fumble the ball on your first red zone carry of the season. There are only so many opps that Jones will get in the preseason to prove he carry the ball there before Wade Phillips just hands Barber the rock every time.

Alex Barron -- He got injured and blew any shot he had of getting the upgrade to left tackle.

Brian Leonard -- He's not exactly a fantasy monster or anything, but Leonard became a fan favorite (I think anyway -- I was rooting for him) after beating out "better" players for a roster spot during last season's Hard Knocks . Now the report is that his ankle injury "doesn't look good," which, obviously, is not good. I'll make the frowny face if Leonard is down for an extended period of time.

Dez Bryant -- His status isn't exactly getting crushed, but it's really important to note that the Cowboys have plenty of weapons on their squad. Roy Williams showed some life, Miles Austin is clearly the No. 1, Jason Witten is there, etc., etc. All I'm saying is that anyone expecting a 2,000 yard season out of Bryant already might want to slow their role.

David Buehler -- Three-for-four ain't a bad percentage, when you're talking about field goals. But he nearly missed his second one, and 2/4 would have people talking in hushed tones on Monday. He needs to crush it all preseason to keep his job on lockdown.

John Phillips -- He's at the bottom only because he was balling so hard that he suffered an injury later in the game. Phillips ended up being the early star of the show, catching four balls for 60 yards (and the first two were on horrible Jon Kitna passes, no less) and laying down some pretty sick blocks. He probably won't be seeing a ton of playing time because of Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett, but let's just hope the injury isn't too serious. (Edit: Moved him to the "losers" section since it appears he tore his ACL . Ugh.)

Jordan Palmer/J.T. O'Sullivan -- If Carson Palmer doesn't stay healthy this year, things will not go well for the Bengals.

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Posted on: August 8, 2010 6:23 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2010 6:52 pm
 

2010 Hall of Fame Game Preview: 10 to watch

Posted by Will Brinson


All due respect to Christmas, this is the most wonderful time of the year. Why? Because, well, football's here people. Hope springs eternal right now for nearly every team in the league, and for everyone who loves Sundays the way they should be enjoyed.

And though tonight's game between Cincinnati and Dallas isn't a regular season game, it's still the metaphorical starter waving his proverbial flag for us to get pumped for football. As such, let's run through 10 things to watch for tonight.

First things first, though: make sure to follow us on Twitter , so you can discuss all things NFL as the football season kicks off.

1. Terrell Owens' interaction with the Bengals
Obviously, Bengals fans are going to be interested to see how he fits in with the team. Certainly, timing between Carson Palmer and Owens will be of tantamount importance, but there's no reason to discount watching the defense as well; the Cowboys have a good idea of the damage that TO can do, and seeing the initial schemes that they throw at Chad Ochocinco -- based on Owens' presence on the other side -- will probably give a reasonable indication as to what he should see all season long (provided Owens doesn't prove to be a total non-factor throughout the year).

"I'm a playmaker," Owens said. "I know Michael Irvin has adopted that title, but that's what I do and have done throughout my career is make plays. The coaches know what I'm capable of once the ball is in my hands. They're going to get all of Terrell on the field."

Andy also makes an excellent point about Owens -- how will his demeanor be towards Tony Romo and the rest of the Cowboys throughout the game? More on this in just a second.

2. Who's carrying the Cowboys' weight?

As we detailed previously, Jones bulked up in the offseason, while Marion Barber lost a few pounds. There's a certain school of thought, expressed quite nicely by Will Carroll at SI.com , that adding pounds to certain body frames can actually be a bad thing.

"Health is a skill, one that linebackers try to take away with every hit. Jones' problem hasn't really been those kind of hits, but in holding together his own body. Bulk often is accompanied by a reduction in flexibility and any additional tightness is going to be even more risky for the tightly-wound Jones. It also isn't going to keep him on the field for his pass blocking either. (It's still bad.)"

Personally, I'm still high on Jones, but concern over someone who traditionally hasn't been able to stay healthy changing his body style (potentially for the worse in terms of health) is certainly understandable. Also understandable: wanting Tashard Choice to look good on Sunday night. He's definitely the third option for the Cowboys, but because of, well, Jones' health he's seen plenty of playing time in the past few years.

3. Cincy's other new weapons
Lost -- somewhat -- in the hype that is Batman and Robin are the signings of Antonio Bryant and Jermaine Gresham since the Bengals last took the field for meaningful football. Bryant won't likely be playing for the Bengals, but Gresham should. And considering that he's supposed to provide the high-end receiving option from the tight end position, well, Bengals fans should be curious to see how he performs, especially with a recent report that he "looked lost" not offering immediate enthusiasm.

Also of interest is the possibility of seeing double tight end sets out of Cincy -- 2009 third-rounder Chase Coffman (who won the John Mackey Award for the best tight end in college his senior year) will likely get some action tonight -- which, given the receiving talent at the position, could provide for some very interesting formations during the season.

4. Trickeration time?
It's fairly obvious that Owens and Ochocinco like attention. So do the Dallas Cowboys, duh. And since this is the first game of the 2010 season, it seems like a reasonably awesome moment to bust out some first quarter fanciness. If I had to put money on one thing, it would involve Ochocinco throwing a pass to Owens on some sort of end-around. If you've got better ideas, leave them in the comments.

5. Terrell Owens' interaction with the Cowboys
Yeah, I know. Giving the VH1 star TWO of 10 bullet points is kind of feeding the monster. So we'll add Pacman Jones and Tank Johnson too. Since, you know, all three are former Cowboys. That's not to say that we should expect TO to try and extract revenge on his former team. Or do we ?

"Do I think I probably should still be there?" Owens said about his time in Dallas. "Yeah. But that's not the case. You deal with that situation as it comes. I think a lot of people know there are some unfortunate things that happened there ... Again, I still stand by the things I said and what was done and I know it wasn't my fault.''

You may recall that Owens shamed the entire state of Texas by mocking the glory of the Cowboys' star. They temporarily forgave him when he joined the 'Boys for his run there, but considering how many Cowboys fans were in attendance to see Emmitt Smith's spectacular speech last night, would it be surprising to hear some boos for Owens? Of course not.

The only thing less surprising would be Owens abstaining from some action designed to rib Dallas' fans and players a little bit.

6. What do you know about pressure ?
Kickers are considered an afterthought for many people (and "idiots" by folks like Peyton Manning), but the reality of the NFL is that they matter. A lot.

Mike Nugent and Dave Rayner are battling it out in Cincinnati, while the unproven -- but quite brash -- David Buehler should be the guy to take the Cowboys through the season. However, kicking in practice and kicking in an actual game situation are two completely different things. And while preseason games might not matter much for first-stringers or guaranteed starters, for someone looking to lock down a job with an NFL team for pushing an oblong ball between two poles, performing well before the regular season starts is an absolute  must. (Quick update: Looks like THE NUGE isn't bringing his leg to the field today, so it's up to Rayner to try and not look stupid in kicking action for the Bengals tonight.)

7. Will Doug B. Free?
To not worry about his job stability, that is. Doug Free takes over for Flozell Adams on the left side of the line in Dallas, and the reason Adams is gone is that Wade Phillips (and presumably Jerry Jones as well) was confident enough in Free's ability as a blind-side protector to make the move.

Whether Free wants it or not, that's an ample amount of pressure on him. And while Alex Barron wasn't signed in the offseason to compete with Free, he's still there, which only adds to the pressure. Free's been very good in camp thus far (his first two snaps excepted), but that performance would be worthless if Tony Romo got decapitated on the first play from scrimmage.

8. The Big Backup D
Wade Phillips has already said that Jason Hatcher "needs to play anyway" while calling Marcus Spears' 4-6 week injury a "good opportunity" for Hatcher. That's true, and with 8.5 of the Cowboys' 42 sacks from 2009 on the mend, it'll be interesting to see how Hatcher can step in and play. Optimistically, the Cowboys won't need him immediately, but optimism isn't always warranted.

Additionally, Sean Lee won't see time tonight, which means that Jason Williams and Victor Butler should get plenty of backup-LB action behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. Again, you don't WANT to use them, but finding out that your team is deep at an already strong position isn't exactly a bad thing. If they actually are.

9. Sack lunch
The Bengals defense was superb last year, with one exception: putting the quarterback on the ground before he throws the ball. They ranked 16th in the NFL with 34 sacks, but this year should be different. As Pete Prisco noted in his love/hate for the Bengals camp tour , the line has a lot of depth heading into 2010. The return of Antwan Odom, who was leading the NFL in sacks before he tore his Achilles' last season, is particularly beneficial. If they can generate more pressure on the quarterback than they did last year, it won't be hard to duplicate it. We just need to see that the depth is there.

10. Emmitt Smith's Interview
Another excellent suggestion from Andy -- who tweeted about it earlier -- because, if you recall Emmitt's speech from last night, he was wonderful. Shockingly wonderful, in fact, having memorized the entire lengthy speech, which he delivered without any of his trademark bumbling.

If you're Norby Williamson or George Bodenheimer, are you wondering "Where was that guy when he worked for us?" Because you should be. Smith's time as a commentator was a bit rough and he was an absolute gem as a speaker last night ... with a little preparation. It's worth seeing how he does when he steps back into the booth.

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