Hatcher Was Right, Cowboys Lack Leaders

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Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) celebrates after a tackle for a loss in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Vikings 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

I’d like to remind Dallas Cowboys’ faithful of a noteworthy anniversary arriving in 4 days.  On February 17, 2012, Cowboys’ DT Jason Hatcher controversially admitted a leadership deficit within his team.

At that point in his career, Hatcher was merely a rotational player unable to eclipse 28 tackles in a season.  While ironical and mouthy coming from a longtime Cowboy yet to secure a solid starting role, his comments nonetheless hit home.

As a 6 year contributor by 2012, Hatcher occupied a ringside seat to observe his Dallas teammates from both the battlefield and the bench.

Below are parts of his controversial response when Radio station KESN-FM 103.3 (and co-host Deion Sanders) asked him what players led the Cowboys.

Yeah, I really don’t know. That’s another thing we really need. We need like a Ray Lewis. We don’t have that. We have talent and everything we need, but if we get like a Ray Lewis, everybody buys into him…someone who will hold you accountable…guys aren’t doing their own thing here or there. Everybody is going in one direction. Once you have that, you’ll be good. We’re still looking for it. — Jason Hatcher 2/17/12

At the time, most Cowboys fans emphatically agreed with his controversial public assessment.  He threw himself and teammates under the bus to make a valid point.

My question today, nearly 2 years removed from the accusation, what exactly has improved regarding the Cowboys’ glaring lack of leadership?

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