Cortez Misses Again
November 12 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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Jose Cortez missed his third field goal in two weeks, when his forty-five yard attempt banged off the left upright against the Chiefs. While the miss was certainly on a longer kick than the potential game winner last week, it does beg the question as to whether the team should give rookie Jeff Chandler his shot.
Cortez started out pretty hot this season, starting in the second game of the season, Cortez put together a streak of 13 consecutive field goals - a career high, but like last season when Cortez started out hot, things are quickly falling apart.
The 49ers drafted Jeff Chandler as insurance against Jose Cortez, they were essentially betting on Cortez, who couldnít nail a touchback if he was given a bionic leg, to fail. How many field goals will Cortez have to miss before the 49ers consider starting Chandler? Unfortunately, we donít know the answer to that but if he does turn things around quick, heíll be out of a job sooner rather than later.