Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys strong safety Will Allen (26) warms up before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Will Allen: Micromanagement Is The Reason The Cowboys Don’t Win


After being released earlier this season by the Dallas Cowboys, veteran safety Will Allen returned to his previous team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. After recording 11 tackles, an interception and a force fumble on Sunday in a victory over the Detroit Lions, Allen appeared as a guest on Sirius XM NFL radio on Tuesday. In that interview he explained why he thinks things aren’t working out for the Dallas Cowboys and what is the big disconnect in the locker room.

“It was a very micro-managed atmosphere. Everything was heightened. Everything was very hyped. I didn’t feel the relationship and the bonding between players and coaches…I think that’s the rift that you get and everybody wonders why Dallas can’t win; why Dallas isn’t completing everything it needs to. The players are great. The players are tremendous. The coaches are some of the best in the business. You just need a cohesion there that allows players and coaches to really execute and do their jobs and it’s not something hanging over their heads. That’s not fun for anybody…We understand that it’s a business but football is a business. Winning is our business. But if we’re not a team, if we’re not together in it all, then we have nothing.”

Anytime you hear the term “micro-managed” as a Cowboys fan, you automatically think about owner and general manager Jerry Jones. But for me, the above statement is more a criticism of head coach Jason Garrett. As the head coach, it’s his responsibility to set the atmosphere in the locker room. If  the players and coaches aren’t bonding because the pressure in Dallas is too great, it’s Garrett’s job to relive that pressure. As a young coach, maybe he simply doesn’t know how to do that. Yet another reason the Cowboys need a more experienced head coach at the helm.

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  • SmartThinking

    I don’t buy it. From the haphazard and clumsy way this team plays, it’s more like they aren’t managed at all.

  • Ed

    You ever see those kids with perigee parents that, with all the advantages and support and prodding, they just don’t se to thrive? Since Parcells left there hasn’t been a driving force to light a fire in the belly and under the arse of these men. Garret’s desire to summon the spirit of Landry just doesn’t seem to be working.

  • californy

    If this statement came from Terrance Newman I may give it more of my time, but It came from a player who most likely wont be on anyone team next year. I dont care what other player say about the cowboys. I only care what action and how this team respond on the field, and so far I am not impressed with the Cowboy way the play ball in 2013.

  • californy

    I say if the boys don’t like what being said about them you can respond by your play on the field.. I like Jason Witten and he has every right to respond any way he wants.

  • PaulATX

    I think cutting Allen was a knee jerk reaction, but at this point it doesn’t matter. The players and coaches should continue to try to go all the way this season, but as a manager, JJ should be planning for next year(s). Band-aid personnel decision this season are a waste of cap. We have several contracts we need out of. Austin, Spencer, Scandrick and Carr to name a few. Cap management and the decision process on contracts has to improve. Not sure if this is Steven Jones or Jerry, but it sucks. Fredrick was a good pick, Wilcox and Webb seem promising. If one of the two of them pan out, I can say it was a good draft, and maybe cutting Allen wasn’t a bad decision. That being said. We still need DBs. Claiborne is made of glass.