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.