Sean Lee fighting with DeMarco Murray, Murray fighting with Jason Hatcher, Lee fighting with Terrance Williams…
Tuesday looked less like a Cowboys 11 on 11 drill and more like an episode of Jerry Springer.
Apparently, the first flare up was Lee literally chasing Williams across the field while screaming at him for holding. Hatcher then got involved, presumably to cool things down, until Murray threw the ball in his face. Hatcher then went after Murray, until more players began to break everything up.
Luckily, everything was broken up before chairs were thrown and weaves were pulled, but this would be only the first of many tussles.
A couple of plays later, (OG)Ronald Leary got into it with (DT) Nick Hayden, for apparently putting a harder hit on Murray than Leary felt was necessary. This was broken up quickly, but not before Will Allen and Dez Bryant got involved.
Evidently this spurred Allen to take a defenseless receiver type shot at Witten, causing him to land hard on his back and slow to get up.
At this point, with the hard hits on Dallas’ starting talent having well since gotten out of hand, player’s began shouting, “enough!”.
Tyrone Smith took most of the credit for trying to calm things down, shouting to “get the next play going”, and that “nobody needs to get hurt”.
It could be argued that this Cowboy’s team doesn’t play well together, doesn’t support each other, maybe doesn’t even like each other.
It could be said that after the last few disappointing seasons, this team is imploding on itself and turning on each other at every opportunity. I don’t think that’s what’s really going on here.
I think this team is so fired up, so anxious to get started, that they are literally about to tear each other apart if they can’t get ahold of another team soon.
Keep in mind, you have the guys that are trying to make first squad and the guys just trying to make the team. Then you have guys like Sean Lee, super aggressive, competitive, and champing at the bit to get some real action after missing most of last season.
There is nothing wrong with a little aggressive competition, and as long as the guys are all laughing it off and smiling in the locker room afterward, aggressive competition can be a very good thing.