News: Sherrington: Circus that is the Romo-less Cowboys is getting exposed due to lack of leadership

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  1. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Sherrington: Circus that is the Romo-less Cowboys is getting exposed due to lack of leadership

    ...As someone wisely once said, probably when his quarterback was eaten by a Tyrannosaurus rex, adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it. Everything's golden when you're winning. With each victory, selling your agenda gets easier. Even players who don't particularly like what you tell them to do are less likely to question it, at least publicly.

    But when you're spiraling along a falling arc, flames licking at the wings, smoke billowing from the tail, you find out who the true believers are.

    For instance, we know which camp Hardy's in. He made it clear fairly early on when he intruded upon Rich Bisaccia's special teams huddle. Jason Garrett interpreted such insubordination as an act of "passion." Frankly, I'd have attributed this to the usual coach-speak from Garrett, who doesn't try his players in the media or say anything remotely at odds with his bosses. Not until they cross him up on their radio shows, anyway. Still, we got a pretty good read on Garrett in action when he actually stepped back from the confrontation between Hardy and Bisaccia instead of interceding.

    On the other hand, when Jerry Jones cited Hardy's actions as evidence of his leadership, it was pretty much the kind of player-enabling, coach-undercutting you've come to expect.

    If Jerry expected Hardy to be his Charles Haley, his mistake was forgetting Garrett is no Jimmy Johnson, particularly when it comes to laying down laws.

    A couple of Eagles offensive linemen have even made the most damning of all charges: Hardy quits when it's going bad. True or not, certainly his production hasn't been the same since his first game back against the Patriots.

    No one has ever accused Dez of quitting, nor would you ever expect to hear such an indictment. High-motor guys need a governor, though, and Garrett provided as much last week after Dez's epic rant. The coaching shouldn't stop there.

    Other than the occasional drop, the only complaint here concerning Dez is the same you could register about most players when it's going south:

    Just do your job the best you can regardless, and let everyone else do theirs ... even if it's an official's.

    On what will probably go down as Matt Cassel's last play as a Cowboy, Dez figured he had an interference call and made little effort for a ball that was subsequently intercepted. As he's admitted, that was his mistake. He's got to go up no matter what's happening around him. If he's concentrating as much as he should, if there's only him and the football, he might not even notice a hand on his back.

    Of course, sometimes it's hard to trust, especially late in these seven losses, which is when it all seems to go bad for the Cowboys. One minute it's Jeff Heath, who'd given the defense a chance earlier with two interceptions, hooking Russell Shepard and negating what should have been a game-winning turnover; the next, it's J.J. Wilcox failing to man his position on Jameis Winston's game-winning touchdown.

    Over time, as mistakes pile up and losses mount, it chips away at trust. If Romo had been here all along, I'm guessing we wouldn't be talking about any of this. Other than Hardy, that is...
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  2. khiladi

    khiladi Well-Known Member

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    So everything wrong with the Cowboys is because of Romo not being here, with the exception of Hardy... Hardy, by nature, is a beast... Agenda...

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