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Before the 49ers game, the Cowboys’ heartbreaking drama got even weirder

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First, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said his team is behind struggling kicker Brett Maher in Sunday’s playoff game against the team. San Francisco 49ers. then reverse itselfsaying the team will “take a look”, adding another player.

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The Cowboys ended up splitting the baby, adding freshman cricketer Tristan Vizcaino to the practice squad on Wednesday but only as “insurance,” According to NFL Network’s Tom Bellicero. Insurance, most likely, against Maher who had a meltdown like the one that happened Monday night, when he lost four straight extra points in Tampa.

What the Cowboys do is not normal in the modern NFL. For example, if Vizcaino was truly an “insurance”, he would need to be promoted from the practice squad and activated on match day alongside Maher. It is unusual for a team to have two active kickers unless there is one injury concerns or He worries that one of the kickers has too weak a leg to handle kickoff duties. If Vizcaino was the insurance in the event of a skilled fumble during training week, the team may have put their current player on hold; Having someone breathe down their neck all week certainly couldn’t be good for their self-confidence. Ironically, problems with last year’s extra points made it difficult for Vizcaino to catch up. He hit 11 of his 12 field goals in stints with four teams over the past three years, but missed a whopping five extra points on just 15 attempts in 2021. In his four full regular seasons, and 134 extra point attempts, Maher missed six Just before Monday night.

Beyond the movements of individuals, the team’s candid remarks about a skillful performance are also not typical of the NFL, or professional sports in general. Special teams coordinator Jon Vassell said publicly on Tuesday that Maher had “yeeps,” Set by Merriam-Webster as “a state of nervous tension affecting an athlete in performing a decisive action.”

Fasil also provided explanations for some of Maher’s missing additional points. On the second foul, he said, the officials prevented defending champion Brian Unger from his usual practice of using a patch of white-colored turf to mark where he would place the ball.

“I didn’t see any note or discussion about it… I didn’t even know about it until our friend came to tell me what happened,” Fasel said. “It was supposedly emphasized all season but never brought up to me my whole career. It’s in no way an excuse, just a very unique occurrence.”

Fasel said the team left the third (and final) ball to kick on the third try, and the ball had not been properly “manipulated” for use before the game.

“So many things, just a perfect storm for a kicking bad day,” he said. Some of that storm was subjective, though: the two balls lost did so because Maher hit his kicks so hard that the ball missed the kicking net and into the stands. NFL experts said they had never heard of a team He lost a K ball beforeMuch less.

Until further notice, the main character in a massive playoff match between two of the most famous and talented teams in the NFL is the 6-foot-1, 183-pound kicker.



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