In all my years as a fan of the Cowboys I don’t think I’ve seen a team going in so many different directions as this current team. It just seems as though no one is on the same page. Everyone seems to say something different on a weekly basis. With coaches and players on different pages how can they expect to get to where they want to go together as a team? How can they expect to achieve success? I’ve been reading a lot of quotes from the Cowboys the last few weeks and I just can’t help but shake my head and be very concerned with where things are right now and where the team is heading.
Let’s start here.
Jason Hatcher on the Cowboys leadership or lack of on the team…
“Uh, dude, I got to be honest with you. That’s a good question. That’s a good question,” Hatcher said. “I really don’t know, man.”
“Yeah, I really don’t know. That’s another thing we really need,” Hatcher said. “We need like a Ray Lewis. We don’t have that. We have talent and everything we need, but if we get like a Ray Lewis, everybody buys into him. When Ray Lewis speaks everybody listens to him, a guy like that. You really don’t got that. I think we definitely need somebody like that.”
“You have to have somebody who will hold you accountable and with a leader like that, everybody is held accountable, guys aren’t doing their own thing here or there. Everybody is going in one direction,” Hatcher said. “Once you have that, you’ll be good. We’re still looking for it.”
Jason Garrett responded to Hatcher on the Cowboys leadership.
“I don’t want to comment too much on what Hatch said. We certainly have very good leadership on our team,” Garrett said. “I don’t want to go into the names of the guys, but you know them, they set the pace for our team, and guys that we wouldn’t trade for anybody.”
Stephen Jones on the Cowboys leadership
“At the end of the day, we’ve got to do better,” Jones continued. “Whoever wants to throw it out there, maybe we better pay attention. But I think we have great men on our team who work their [butt] off and want to win. Now, do we need guys more Alpha who get in people’s faces? I don’t know. Whatever we’re doing right now is not working.”
So Jason Hatcher who has been with the Cowboys since 2006 has made it clear that Cowboys don’t have any clear leaders. He never mentioned Tony Romo, Jason Witten, DeMarcus Ware or anyone else as the team leaders or even himself for that matter. Then Coach Garrett comes out and says that the Cowboys have good leadership, but yet he refuses to name even one player. Then Stephen Jones admits that what they are doing right now is not working, but they have players who work their butts off. No one ever questioned the player’s work ethic or will to win. What is being questioned is the difference of opinion from so many people on the same team. I’m sure they all want to win. They all practice hard and give 100%. There is no doubt about those things.
I know there are many people out there who are not fans of Ray Lewis, but it cannot be denied that he is a true leader and when he speaks people listen and they follow him. Just watch his speech after they lost to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. Even after a loss he took hold of that locker room and everyone was hanging on every single world he spoke. If the Cowboys had just one player who was even half the leader that Ray Lewis is they would be in better shape.
My point is that players and coaches just seem to be on different pages and seem to be going in different directions and it’s very concerning to say the least.
Let’s move on.
Jerry Jones comments on the talent level of the Cowboys.
“I see the talent level as being able to put us in a competitive situation for the Super Bowl.”
“I don’t see a must,” Jones said. “I don’t see a position that, if get to opening day and don’t have a new face there, that is terminal for us relative to competing.”
Then Jerry Jones gives this statement.
“Do we have a team that can, in my mind, do what Green Bay did this year and win, what, 13 straight? I don’t think we do, no, I don’t think we have that caliber of team, when I say that much talent. I don’t know many that do, but we don’t.”
Add in Stephen Jones comments going in another direction as far as talent on the defense.
“Obviously we are not pleased with where we are on defense,” Stephen Jones said via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We got to get better over there. I don’t know that we got good enough talent to win over there. We have to improve it.”
Then Stephen Jones does a complete 180 and says this about the defense.
“Sometimes it’s frustrating and it’s then, ‘Why aren’t we getting it done? I think Tony’s a helluva quarterback. We have good players on defense.’ And I think we do, too. Everybody’s trying to figure out what we need to do to take the next step. I’m sure if you ask 53 guys they’ve all got differing opinions as to why we haven’t gotten it done. But we’ve got to make the next step.”
That last part of the Stephen Jones quote, which I added below really got to me and made me realize what I said at the beginning of my post. Very concerning!
“I’m sure if you ask 53 guys they’ve all got differing opinions as to why we haven’t gotten it done.”
So Stephen Jones is saying that they have an entire team that all have different opinions on why they have not achieved success. Is it just me or does that statement bother anyone else? Add in the coaches and management, which of course includes father and son that seem to go in different directions with their views of the team. I just don’t understand how things can be this way. It’s like the entire team is sitting at a four way intersection and they are all fighting on which road to take instead of working together to make a decision. Very concerning!