Folk Hero: Should the Dallas Cowboys Have Kept Kicker Nick Folk?

January 12, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Nick Folk was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. He was supposed to solve the team's kicking quandary for years to come. He was meant to have ample opportunity to become a game-changing hero in games that meant the most.
Folk did just what he was meant to do. Only, he did it last Saturday in Indianapolis as a member of the New York Jets.
The Cowboys had long since given up on the kicker. Fourteen games into the 2009 season, they cut him. Hitting just 18 of his 28 field goal tries in '09, Folk seemed to have lost his confidence. He had certainly lost the confidence of the coaches, the team and the owner.
So, the Cowboys released him.
Seemed reasonable enough at the time. The Cowboys had drafted the big-legged kickoff specialist, David Buehler, in the 2009 draft. They needed to see if he could become a reliable NFL kicker, something he had not been even in college. The Cowboys would let him finish out '09 and see if he could get it don...

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