Matt Mosley has an interesting story here that talks about how the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room is no longer fodder for the press. Terrell Owens is gone. Pacman Jones is gone. Tank Johnson is gone. Greg Ellis is gone.
When Tony Romo and Owens had their press conferences, more than 50 reporters would stack the room to hear what controversy they could light up from their words. Now, more reporters are showing up for Orlando Scandrick’s press conference instead of Romo’s. That’s because Scandrick and former first rounder Mike Jenkins are battling it out for the starting cornerback spot opposite of Terence Newman.
There just aren’t anymore loud mouths in the locker room. No one is stirring the pot.
Wide receiver Miles Austin gave a very positive summary of the turnaround:
“It’s sort of nice not to have our names in the papers for all that stuff right now,” Austin said. “I don’t know about all the other locker rooms because I’m only in this one. But this locker room has a much different feel right now. I think guys are all about football, and that’s a good thing.”
But Mosley goes on to point out that there is turmoil in the locker rooms of the Cowboys NFC East enemies. For example, in Philadelphia, the most insecure quarterback in the NFL is already complaining about Michael Vick upsetting the roll of the offense.
In Washington, the head coach and the quarterback are both on the hot seat. Colt Brennan is on the IR and the Redskins will play the season with just two quarterbacks: Jason Campbell, who hasn’t proved himself capable of being a formidable starting quarterback, and Todd Collins. Ouch.
In New York, defensive end Osi Umenyiora disappeared from practice and provides a wealth of evidence that he and new defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan are not going to be best friends.
But it’s all quiet in Big D. And it hasn’t been like that for years.
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