As most Dallas Cowboys fans know, Sean Lee was injured in non-contact OTA’s this week and is reportedly out for the season. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett either has a bad case of the denials or he just isn’t ready to admit the only major star left on the defense is out for the season with a torn ACL. It is interesting to note that also earlier this week, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Jesse Holley tweeted that former Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware indirectly said the biggest difference between the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys is the strength and conditioning program.
I know most of you will say well Mike Wiocik holds the record for the most Super Bowl rings won by a coach having three with the Dallas Cowboys in 1992, 1993 and 1995 and three with the New England Patriots in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Wiocik is supposed to be the best strength and conditioning coach there is in the NFL. His history and his winning ways have sealed him as being called that. However, people change and Jerry Jones has a habit of hanging onto his past winning moments too long!
I’m not saying Wiocik is the only issue but with the number of injuries the Cowboys players have sustained it’s a pretty good place to start. It seems an even better place to start after seeing the tweet from Holley earlier this week. The hamstring bug really is becoming an epidemic and while Wiocik cannot force the players to work out, it would seem that perhaps his time in the NFL is done and retirement calls his name.
Depending on how the Cowboys season goes and with the latest injury to Lee, it’s not looking like the Cowboys defense is going to drastically improve this upcoming season. A few things could play out for next year’s off-season. One is Jason Garrett could be coaching his final season in Dallas (this is unlikely because Jerry loves this guy), the defensive coordinator, Rod Marinelli, becomes Garrett’s scapegoat, just like Rob Ryan did or Jerry finally figures out that the strength and conditioning program is outdated for this generation of the NFL and fires or coaxes Wiocik into retirement.
But then, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, quite yet.