While Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jason Hatcher’s statements to the media on Wednesday may have been understandable, they’re still delusional.
Hatcher said the Cowboys’ front seven was not “pushed around” in their NFL Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, even though the unit was thoroughly dominated in a soul-crushing third quarter drive that culminated in a Marshawn Lynch touchdown and basically salted the game away.
“It wasn’t like that,” Hatcher told the media at Valley Ranch. “Our front seven didn’t get knocked around off the ball. It may look like that if you look at the score, but it wasn’t like that.”
The Seahawks scored on drives of 90 and 88 yards. Lynch had 100 yards and a touchdown in the second half alone. Anyone who watched that game could plainly see the Seattle offensive line – a patchwork unit that included backups at left tackle and right guard – dominate the Cowboys front.
There is absolutely no way possible that anyone could rationally look at what happened and not come to the conclusion that the Dallas front seven wasn’t just “pushed around,” it was straight-up slapped around.
And yet, when Hatcher was asked what he learned from the game film he came up with this gem:
“Nothing, nothing in general, man,” Hatcher said. “Nothing that we did up front as a D-line and as a front seven. Nothing, really. We did a great job knocking them back. It’s one of those things. We’ve just got to eliminate the mistakes we made, the turnovers, the blocked punts and things like that. We’ve just got to clean up every aspect of our game. It’s always something you can get better on, but I didn’t see too much.”
Wow. Just as I hate irrational, stupid, knee-jerk reactions from fans and media, I can’t stand it when a player is in denial.
I can see where a player can become frustrated after hearing the amount of criticism that has been heaped on the Cowboys in the days after their loss. Denial, though, is unacceptable. Man up, Hatcher, and admit your boys were flat-out whipped on Sunday.
That’s just the bottom line. Work hard, get better and do whatever you can to make sure this doesn’t happen again.