Hatcher Was Right, Cowboys Lack Leaders

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Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church (42) reacts after the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. The Eagle beat the Cowboys 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports


…the more they stay the same.  Since Hatcher’s early 2012 comments, what leadership improvements have been made to the Dallas Cowboys?

Same owner, same General Manager, same Head Coach…same 8-8 results.


Despite changes in the play-caller and offensive coordinator, HC Jason Garrett often publicly clarifies this is still his offense.  There may be slightly altered formations, but the offensive system remains the same.

The potential leaders of the current Cowboys’ offense are typically viewed as Jason Witten, Tony Romo, and Dez Bryant.  All 3 were major components of the 2011 team when Hatcher said it lacked leadership.

Tyron Smith and Doug Free along the offensive line are both quiet personalities.  O-line novices Ron Leary and Travis Frederick were both first time starters.

Less than a year of experience naturally prohibits leading veterans.  Thus no new leaders were developed or added to the Dallas offense since 2011 ended.


The defense has seen 2 new coordinators and a switch in scheme from 3-4 to 4-3 alignment.  Unfortunately not much has changed in the form of results.

With DC Rob Ryan at the helm, the 2012 unit finished 24th (25 ppg) in points allowed. Under the guidance of new DC Monte Kiffin, the 2013 version finished 26th (27 ppg).

2014 will usher in the latest annointed DC Rod Marinelli.  Regardless of revolving coaching leadership over the defense, the players remain without field generals.

The candidates for potential defensive leaders are most often seen as Sean Lee and DeMarcus Ware.  Again, both were key pieces of the 2011 defense that Hatcher claimed had no direction.

Since 2011, a few new leadership candidates appeared in the likes of Brandon Carr, Barry Church, and Bruce Carter.  Both Carr and Carter turned in highly disappointing 2013 performances.  Real leaders don’t fall drastically short of expectations.

With 2013 being Barry Church’s first full season starting, he’s relegated to the same boat as Leary and Frederick…no player authority without respectable experience.

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