The Dallas Cowboys are heading into the NFL playoffs and one of their main concerns is Greg Zuerlein, a veteran kicker.
Zuerlein has missed six extra points this season, a record for him. This includes three of the last four. While his 82.9% field-goal percentage is in line with his career average of 82.9%, Zuerlein is only 2-for-5 when kicking 50-plus yards.
Although the 34-year-old “Legatron,” made a few good kicks early in this season’s season, Cowboys fans are worried about his recent play. Although Mike McCarthy, the head coach, is confident in Zuerlein’s abilities, Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, admitted today on the radio that there are some questions.
Jones called Zuerlein “sound, experienced kicker”, and said that the Cowboys believe there is no better alternative at the moment.
Jerry Jones on @1053thefan: Greg Zuerlein’s struggles have “absolutely” altered our game plan. “He’s a sound kicker, experienced kicker, our guys are all sensitive about how to approach the game.”
“If a better alternative was out there, we’d be using it. Everything is at stake.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 11, 2022
Dallas will start its playoff march against the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday. Recent games at AT&T Stadium saw Zuerlien miss a field goal against the Arizona Cardinals in 25-22, and Zuerlien misfire on an extra point and field goal in the Thanksgiving Day loss to Las Vegas Raiders.
These struggles are not likely to happen this weekend for the Cowboys.