There’s no rule against non-captains speaking up. Just because you don’t wear a letter “C” on your uniform, doesn’t mean you can’t use your voice.
Enter DT Jason Hatcher. He wears number 97. Remember him?
Because the 31-year old, 2006 third round draft pick, said something. It turns out the pep talk wasn’t about small talk either. It was the kind of talk the Cowboys needed to hear — especially following a one point losing effort to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jason Hatcher’s voice was the catalyst that launched a thousand ships.
Standing at a 1-1 record, the Cowboys understood that a bomb was about to go off in AT&T stadium. Jason Hatcher saw it. Lose Sunday against a thriving St. Louis Rams, and face a difficult forecast that’s calling for a Chargers and Broncos match up, wouldn’t be a pretty picture for America’s Team.
Now, playing at home, Hatcher simply asked that his teammates help push the bomb on the visitors end.
Three. Two. One.
Cowboys win 31-7.
Do not be surprised. I’m certainly not. Ignore the talk that this is just one game. That this is some random, mosaic act by the Dallas Cowboys.
This is what happens when this team reaches its potential. We know the star power. Flashes of greatness landed here and there before. They are who we thought they were (Sup Dennis Green).
Do release yourself from holding back. Jason Hatcher did. His message was pretty clear: wake up and start playing because another .500 season is in the rear-view mirror. Take note that this message was not delivered calmly. And why should it? The Cowboys needed to start playing mad. There’s no place for calm or soft in Monte Kiffin’s defense.
The defense got the memo, allowing only 35 total rushing yards against a team that is better than what their record suggests. This was not a walk in the park. This was not a bye week. The St. Louis Rams are legit.
And the Cowboys tossed them around like a Lion does with prey.
Apparently, the offense heard Hatcher too. DeMarco Murray rushed over the Rams defense as if this was another outing in a Madden football game. How do you lose when your leading back rushes for 175 yards and one touchdown? How do you lose when your defense gets six sacks, basically pulling a veil over Sam Bradford?
The answer is simple. You can’t lose. Not even in a video game. Because that’s dominance at its finest.
You can thank Jason Hatcher for that jump-start.