Mike McCarthy Reveals 2 Reasons For Kicker Decision

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The Dallas Cowboys chose Brett Maher as their starting kicker, cutting out their only other option, Lirim Hajarlahu.

During Tuesday's press conference, head coach Mike McCarthy explained why Maher won the starting job.

Through The Athletic's John Machota, McCarthy said Maher is sticking around because of his superior leg strength and recent confidence.

McCarthy acknowledged, per 105.3 The Fans Bobby Belt,

that Hazarallahu "quickly took control of the kicking contest."

However, Maher eventually overcame them in battle.

Maher is also a more familiar alternative to Dallas.

He made 49 of 66 field-goal attempts and 68 of 69 extra-point attempts for the Cowboys in 2018 and 2019.

The Nebraska alum converted 16 of 18 field-goal opportunities in eight games with the New Orleans Saints last season.

While Hazrullah has also spent time with the organization, he saw just one game of NFL action.

He scored five extra points without attempting a field goal during a blistering 43–3 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10.

Cowboys fans may remember Maher for missing four field goals in his last three games with the team.

He will need to show a steady leg to maintain the initial job.