The only thing interesting about the recent altercation at the Dallas Cowboys minicamp last week is how journalists feel the need to sensationalize it through headlines that intend to make it newsworthy.
This happens EVERY year guys, with almost every team in the league. You spend day after day going all out against the same guys, eventually tempers are going to flare and things are going to get out of hand.
Another thing people seldom realize is that this is the point many players are trying to begin making an impression and cementing their place on the team. This can cause aggression to the point beyond what you would see even during the regular season. Aggressive contact, holding, cheap shots…anything to get the upper hand and come out on top. Obviously, this can quickly get heated.
You will remember the same thing happening last year, involving linebacker Sean Lee of all people. This year it happened to involve defensive ends George Selvie, Tyrone Crawford, center Travis Frederick, and rookie offensive guard Zack Martin. When involving linemen, it’s really easy to get too aggressive in what are supposed to be no-contact drills.
In short, it’s happened before, it will happen again (likely in training camp, especially when we go full contact), and it means absolutely nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I wish it did. I wish it meant an entirely new level of aggression this season, a hunger that we haven’t seen in recent years, but it simply doesn’t.
On the other side of the coin, it also means there is not a problem with team morale or attitudes, as well as no reason to worry if Dallas head coach Jason Garrett has lost control of the players. Again, there is no reason to be either excited or concerned about this.
What could be concerning for some is the continued absence of back-up quarterback Kyle Orton. I say for some, because personally, I would rather have the money than Orton. At this point we need defensive depth more than we need the league’s most expensive back up QB.
As training camp draws closer, I continue to wait for the Cowboys answer to the season ending injury of Sean Lee. I feel offensive needs have been addressed, but I find myself more concerned about our defense than last year.
Hopefully the Cowboys still have intentions of addressing this issue.