Jason Hatcher: A Symbol of Who Not To Sign or Draft

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Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) prepares to rush the passer during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) prepares to rush the passer during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jason Hatcher is walking advertisement of all that was wrong with the Cowboys over the past decade.

Being a Cowboy means being married to the Lombardi Trophies — each January is an unfriendly reminder of the messy divorce. It’s hard to think it through a different pair of lens. The Dallas Cowboys have eight trips to the Super Bowl to their credit.

True colors shine over time. The real glimmer in the star never dwindles. Once a Cowboy, always a Cowboy.

But not Jason Hatcher. Never some one like him. Never.

Hatcher is the ultimate pretender. A fake. A fluke. A liar. A chameleon.

His star shined not because of his own character, but because he stood next to 10 other men who had it.

Hatcher isn’t a Dallas Cowboy. He never was. His services were only available for rent.

And that’s why players like him must be purged from the roster. The Cowboys must begin anew. With a new culture. A new system.

Love or hate Jason Garrett, but the head coach along with his staff are attempting to build from within. That is clear with the recent draft choices who carry in addition to talent, a résumé of character. Of once being a captain of their squad.

Jason Garrett is open for business. Stay. For the right price. But sign only if you want to stay and help build. If this is “business” to you, go. Family stays. Cowboys stay.

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  • Old Frog

    “Stay for the right price. But sign only if you want to stay and help rebuild. If this is a ‘business’ to you, go.” Do you feel the same way about Dez Bryant? $8 million/year, stay – $14 million/year, go…

    • David

      Bryant is going to be more in the 10-11 million range and staying..

      • Old Frog

        We can only hope they settle somewhere around that number…and without long term guarantees in case he gets injured.

  • Guest

    He went where the money was. The Cowboys didn’t offer him a contract. He didn’t really have a choice. It was the right decision by the Cowboys but he is no Ratliff. How can he stay for the right price if no contract was offered? Secondly the Redskins can cut him after two seasons? Lets see what he does during that time before we pass out judgements.

  • P.j. Doyle

    Build? He’s had 4 years for building. This better be his last year if they don’t win 10 games. I’m tired of people talk of him like he’s just been here a year or two. Enough is Enough & Fair is fair!

  • Earl Robertson

    This is stupid article!! Again someone that doesn’t know football. Hatcher played in a 34 all his career but one year. He was a good player in a 34 that required him to take on double teams most of the time and still was a good player on a D line lacking production from others! Then last year he proved what he could do in a system that allows the DT to make plays. Yes it was a smart moved to let him go no doubt. But to say he was never a Cowboy and someone who wasn’t a good player is totally wrong

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      I think you missed the main point of the article. It is mainly about changing the culture by signing and drafting the right kind of guys. In that sense the writer is totally correct about Hatcher. He was in fact an example of one thing that has been wrong with the Cowboys in the past. Garrett may not be good with X’s and O’s but he has made great strides in changing the culture despite having to work for a poor general manager.

      • Lern2RiteB4CallnOutPeeple

        You missed the point! Hatcher was NEVER an example of anything wrong with the Cowboys. Quite the contrary, actually.

      • Earl Robertson

        Sorry bro Hatcher is a guy you want on your team. It made no sense whatsoever for this guy to say he is a symbol of who not to draft!! I was so happy that Cowboys let him walk good teams don’t give guys a 3rd contract that is going to cripple the salary cap but when Hatcher played for Dallas he was one of the only few of the players that I knew would bring it every down.

    • Lern2RiteB4CallnOutPeeple

      Agreed, Earl. I am so tired of reading articles by people who are supposed to be qualified to give an imformed opinion about the Cowboys only to discover that they are completely inept. First, you need to sift through their typos, run-on sentences, and incomplete sentences, just to discover that their facts are wrong or their opinion is just completely off-base. What I enjoy even more is reading eight different articles for a week or two that are based on the same four line quote. All eight articles don’t add anything more than than the quote, but dang it if they don’t all have really catchy and misleading headlines!

  • Ogtommyg

    Football players work their whole lives to hopefully get one big payday. They have a very small window to get paid before their bodies give out and they are too old to play. Every player is one injury away from never getting played again. You can’t fault someone for taking the biggest paycheck offered. If this article was about Jay Ratliff or Kyle Orton then I would agree that they aren’t true Cowboys. Being a Dallas Cowboy is a job. Hatcher did his job the best he could which can’t be said for Ratliff or Orton. You can’t ask for more than that. GM’s view players as commodities so the players must make there decisions based on what’s best for themselves.

  • Lern2RiteB4CallnOutPeeple

    The word is “scared,” not “scarred!” That’s the second time I have read that today. Hatcher’s best days “ARE” behind him. You talk about Hatcher never being a Cowboy (which is complete nonsense), well I could say the same thing about you as a writer. Hatcher was the only leader on a Cowboys team that lacked leadership and he wasn’t afraid to call everyone out. I loved his bloody press conference after the Giants game last year. Hatcher didn’t have a lot of stats because he was a DE in a 3-4 system. He also played on team friendly contracts. He gave everything he had when he was here and even played hurt. So, you are calling him out because he wasn’t offered a contract by the Cowboys and he wanted to finally get paid to support his family? I guess that “chump” D Ware was never a Cowboy either because he wouldn’t take a pay cut and we don’t need to draft or sign any more “losers” like him. And don’t even get me started on that “loser” Emmitt Smith either. The nerve of that guy, ditching us for Arizona!

    • WyomingRealist

      Is this Hatcher writing this response? He benefited from good coaching last year. He was playing for a contract thats it. If he is playing for the money, thats fine, but don’t make him something that he’s not.

  • WyomingRealist

    Great points! Hatcher is a pretender that put himself over the team, argued with fans upon his departure and basically showed what an @$$hole he is. I never wish harm to anyone but I hope our young O Line dominate him and show the world how fake he really is!