Great, high-level-of-research post today by Brian Solomon of the Eagles blog “McNabb or Kolb” today on how he thinks the percentage of touchbacks per kickoff will rise from 16% in 2010 to roughly 40% or more in 2011 with kickoffs being moved from the 30 yard line to the 35. It’s a great read for anyone, but probably of most interest to Cowboys fans, whose current kicker, David Buehler, might find himself out of work if the Cowboys have done their due diligence on kickoffs the way Brian has here.
Obviously, Buehler’s value was his ability to out-bench position players in the weight room, out-run corners in footrace challenges at training camp, and of course… generate touchbacks. However, he isn’t actually a good… you know… field goal kicker, as routine 32-yarders were never gimmes in Dallas with Buehler in place. With touchbacks becoming far more commonplace, Buehler loses much of his cache. If the Cowboys part with Buehler, that already disastrous 2009 Cowboys draft class will look even more gross.