Dallas Cowboys: Former wide receiver takes a shot at the Cowboys


Former Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver and kick returner, Dwayne Harris has taken a verbal shot at his former team. The 27-year-old receiver who signed to play for the Cowboys’ division rivals, the New York Giants this off-season claims that the Cowboys practices are full of arguments and are too intense.

"Jordan Raanan of NewJersey.com quoted Harris’ comments from a recent podcast in which he said, “[In Dallas] it’s a lot of just … arguing. There is always arguing. People [are] always arguing. And here, we have a good time, we have fun, go out and have practice as professionals.” Link"

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Raana goes on to support Harris’ claims by using the team’s signing of defensive end Greg Hardy and the promotion of the recent practice fight between wide receiver Dez Bryant and corner Tyler Patmon as evidence that the Cowboys are not a properly run organization.

Raana says, “The Dallas Cowboys, under the ownership of Jerry Jones, are known as the wild, crazy, impulsive America’s Team. They haven’t won a Super Bowl in the 21st century. They’re the kind of organization that signs defensive end Greg Hardy, a domestic abuser, and promotes its training camp brawl on the team’s website and social media.”

Mr. Raana’s memory seems to be quite one-sided. During the same period that Jerry Jones has owned the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants have had their share of questionable characters on the roster as well.

Who can forget the incident in 2008 when then New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress suffered self-inflicted gun shot wounds to his leg from a pistol he illegally carried into a New York nightclub? Burress eventually served two years in prison for this crime, which is two more years than anyone on the current Dallas Cowboys roster has served.

And if the Giants are, as Raana puts it, “a professional, well-run organization from top to bottom”, then how could the Mara family (which has owned the team since its founding and still owns a large part of the team) in good conscience employ former linebacker Lawrence Taylor?

The Hall of Famer, Taylor was outspoken about his abuse of drugs and alcohol during his playing days, showing no remorse and often making light of his actions. Taylor also claimed to have sent prostitutes to the hotel rooms of opposing players, which is not quite the most professional move.

Then, there was Taylor’s 2009 arrest for engaging in sexual activities with a prostitute under the age of 17. This means that the greatest player in New York Giant’s history is now a registered sex offender.

It is quite hypocritical of Mr. Ranna to demean the Cowboys for the questionable players on their roster while claiming that the Giants have been a bastion of virtue in the NFL. The reality is that every team in the league is employing or has employed players with unsavory backgrounds.

But as for Harris, he feels like the Cowboys’ practices were too intense. Did Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry or Jimmy Johnson ever complain that their team’s intensity was too high during practice?

"“In Dallas, it’s more intense. There is a lot more buildup. We do one-on-ones or defense vs. offense. I think there is   more intensity there. This is more professional. Everyone is trying to keep each other safe.” Harris said. Link"

Perhaps intensity was what Harris lacked as a Cowboy. Had he been more intense in practice, maybe Harris would have caught more than 33 passes in his 4 years in Dallas.

Ironically, Harris made these remarks on the same day the Giants had their own players throwing punches during practice.  See video of Giants’ fight here

“In Dallas, it’s like all-out brawl,” said Harris on the same day of his own team’s fist fight, “It’s an all-out brawl.” Link

The only proof of what practice style is most effective comes via the on field results and since Harris has been in the league, Dallas has a 6-4 head-to-head edge over the Giants including a current four game winning streak. But one thing is for certain, no matter how each team practices, the intensity of the week one match up on national television will be high, so Harris better not become too used to a professional environment that lacks intensity or it might be a long night for him…that is if he sees the field for more than ten plays.

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