Without even being prompted, Cowboys coach Wade Phillips defended his placekicker. David Buehler has missed two of his four field-goal attempts this season, and he missed four in practice Wednesday before the media's access period ended.
On Thursday, Buehler did not kick during the 30 minutes the media is allowed to watch practice.
"As far as our field-goal kicker, you go out and you watch a few kicks and decide whether a guy can kick or not. It's really not how we do it," Phillips said. "I mean, the guy kicks over a hundred balls a week, and we have every one of those filmed, and he's working to try to get better as we're working.
This is a fantasy situation worth avoiding. There are enough kickers usually available that do not need any protection from the media.