Cardinals Kicker Finally Lands in ArizonaPosted: Updated:
Phil Dawson has been trying to come to Arizona for a while. The 42 year old kicker played for the Cleveland Browns when current Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians was Offensive Coordinator.
"I was trying to find my way in this league and BA has a way of instilling confidence in his players," says Dawson who holds the Browns record for field goals made. "How he would call plays, you couldn't help but feed off it. He plays to win and not to lose."
Dawson has been kicking in the NFL since 1999. After a stellar career at Texas, he bounced around on practice squads before finding a home in Cleveland. He stayed there until 2013 before moving on to San Francisco.
There was some concern on social media about Dawson's leg strength and touchback percentage on kickoffs. Dawson defended his statistics on Friday.
"I played in Cleveland for 14 years and for half the season it wasn't a possibility," says Dawson who only had 4 touchbacks last year. "I got labeled as a guy who couldn't do that...last year I was only asked to do that 4 times."
Dawson has only been to the playoffs twice. He's hoping Arizona will be his last stop and a place he can chase a Super Bowl ring.