February 8, 2023

Cowboys’ Brett Maher shivers in warmups before 49ers game; The team is said to play the extra two-point play

Dallas Cowboys Kicker Brett Maher had a bad game against himself last week Tampa Bay Buccaneers,

On each of the Cowboys’ first four touchdowns, Maher missed the extra point. He pushed the first two kicks to the right, then pulled the third one wide to the left. On the fourth kick, he hit upright and outside. He was the first kicker in NFL history to miss four extra points in a playoff game. (He converted the extra point on Dallas’ fifth touchdown.)

Despite the poor performance, the Cowboys backed him solidly all week. Maher was 50 of 53 on extra points during the regular season, as well as 29 of 32 on field goals.

“I’m a big fan of Money Maher,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said He continued the team’s success On Tampa. “I talked to him one-on-one after the game and I told him, ‘Hey, let it go, we’re going to need it.’ With the resilience he has shown throughout his career. Personally, he will come back and be perfect, no doubt helping to win.”

Maher also received vocal support from Mike McCarthy and Cee Dee Lamb. However, the week before the divisional round match against them San Francisco 49ers, the Cowboys signed kicker Tristan Vizcaino to the practice squad on Sunday night to provide another opportunity to replace Maher. But Dallas didn’t promote Vizcaino to the active roster, so Maher will be their kicker.

And apparently, he had a rough ride during warmups. And not just when it comes to whether or not he makes his kicks. The 49ers didn’t take kindly to Maher warming up on the sideline, briefly interrupting his warmup before eventually allowing him to kick again.

Oh, and he struggled to make kicks, too. According to The Athletic, Maher missed at least four kicks during the early part of his warmups, all of them pushed to the right.

Things went very badly (he missed Two more kicks) said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones Walked to the field To give Maher a pep talk during warmups. To put it mildly, this is highly unusual, although Maher later moved on Make his next three attempts.

Certainly no more news like this than the Cowboys’ most important game of the season. Since Cowboys special teams coach John Fassel is a believer in the yips, that could influence their decision-making when it comes to whether or not to trust Maher in kick or go-at situations. truly, According to the Fox broadcastIf Maher continues to struggle, the Cowboys have more than double the number of two-point conversion plays they made last week.

“I believe in the hot hand, and I believe in the yips, absolutely,” Fazel said. via ESPN. “You know, sometimes you wonder how you get into the yips, and sometimes you wonder how you get into the hot hand. I think it’s just getting to the line and shooting it. We missed a couple of free throws. [Monday] … He had a warm hand. Let’s face it, he just missed out [six] Kicks in all season. Ibes happen, so I expect a hot hand.”

If his warm-up kicks are any indication, Maher may not have rediscovered the hot hand just yet.