Remember Nick Folk?
Folk is the field goal kicker who was booted out of Dallas after a poor season in 2009 (he went 18 of 28 for a 64.3 percent average — ouch).
Jerry Jones used a sixth round pick to get Folk in the 2007 draft, a risky move since kickers aren’t typically drafted. Folk had a great rookie year and made the Pro Bowl. He was even better in 2008. Then he developed a temporary hip problem, had a bad year, and was sent packing.
This year with the New York Jets, Folk also had a rough spell but ultimately went 30 of 39 for a 76.9 percent average, including eight for eight down the stretch. On Saturday he kicked the game winning field goal to push the Jets past arch rival Indy Colts and Peyton Manning in the wild card playoff game.
Cowboys kicker David Buehler can similarly rebound after his terrible 2010 season. The upside on him is even better than Folk. Buehler is 23, Folk is 26. Buehler has a stronger leg, is super fast, built like a linebacker, and he’s a much better tackler than Folk.
So, Coach Dimples, don’t waive him or trade him — teach him.