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Cowboys’ horrific kicking woes gets brutally honest take from Mike McCarthy

Cowboys, Mike McCarthy, Greg Zuerlein

The Dallas Cowboys have struggled to make kicks lately. Kicker Greg Zuerlein has endured a rough stretch of play that has unfortunately coincided with a couple of close Cowboys’ losses, prompting head coach Mike McCarthy to get honest about Zuerlein and the team’s kicking situation.

Cowboys’ head coach Mike McCarthy isn’t considering a replacement for Greg Zuerlein… yet. In all seriousness, this is a good move by McCarthy. Yes, Zuerlein’s missed 59-yarder and missed extra point proved to be costly against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving, particularly when the kicker on the other side was so effective.

Yet, McCarthy is right. Zuerlein is a professional kicker who rose to All-Pro levels with the Los Angeles Rams and didn’t earn the nickname ‘Greg the Leg’ for nothing.

Plus, Zuerlein ranks among the NFL’s best kickers in terms of field goals and extra points made, albeit with a lower success rate. In other words, McCarthy and the Cowboys would be hard-pressed to find a kicker in street clothes that would even be as good- or better- than Zuerlein.

So, it sounds like Mike McCarthy and the Cowboys will stand pat on their kicking situation with Greg Zuerlein for now. However, McCarthy and Zuerlein both know that those kicks have to start getting knocked down if the Cowboys want to return to the win column.