The Dallas Cowboys have been under fire for sticking with veteran kicker Brett Maher despite his struggles throughout the 2019 season. Maher is the team’s all-time leader in field goal attempts and conversions, but he missed nine of his 28 attempts this season and had a crucial miss in the Cowboys’ Week 16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Despite the criticism, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones defended the team’s decision to stick with Maher. “We feel like we have been exonerated in the decision to stay with Brett Maher,” Jones said. “He had a good year, and he has been a good kicker for us.”
Maher was the Cowboys’ kicker for the past two seasons, and he made 15 of 18 field goals in 2018. However, this season was a different story. He missed a 41-yard field goal in the Cowboys’ Week 15 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, and then he missed a 43-yarder in the Week 16 loss to the Eagles that could have tied the game.
Despite the misses, Jones said the team is sticking with Maher for the time being. “We like Brett and we believe in him,” Jones said. “He has been a good kicker for us, and we are going to stick with him.”
The Cowboys may have made the right decision to stick with Maher, as he converted all four of his field goal attempts in the team’s regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins. He also made both of his extra point attempts, and the Cowboys won the game 47-16.
Maher is set to become a free agent this offseason, and it remains to be seen if the Cowboys will re-sign him. However, Jones’ comments indicate that the team is still confident in Maher’s ability, and he could very well be the Cowboys’ kicker for the 2020 season.