Jason Witten finally has said something to the media. And I have to say, I am a bit shocked at how candid he is about his former teammate Terrell Owens, and the future of the Dallas Cowboys.
In a great interview with Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram, Witten says he was a better player with Owens on the team, but everyone now has to look to the future and improve upon the 9-7 record. He speaks more as a leader than a follower.
You can read the entire interview here. Here is a snippet:
Are you better without T.O.?
“I don’t know about that. Terrell was a great player. I think I was a better player because of him and what he brought to the team. His track record speaks for itself. He has been good wherever he has been. He is going to help Buffalo a lot. But we have to move on from that. I have benefitted tremendously from having him outside. I will be the first to say that I was a better player because of him. But decisions were made and we have to move on.”
But I must say that Hill let’s Witten off the hook a bit, and he certainly doesn’t pressure him into talking about what, if any, culpability he had in the locker room chemistry fiasco in December. That’s the very next question I would have asked him, and I would have asked him what part, if any, did he have in the media reports. I’d be able to tell if he was being honest or not, and then I could call him out on it.
I don’t care if he was the snitch. I think Owens was dividing the locker room a little bit, and there was no one person who seemed to have control over the 2008 Dallas Cowboys. Hopefully, it’s different come January 2010.