If you’re a half-hearted, fair-weather and/or delusional Dallas Cowboys fan, exit out of this article right now because you can’t handle the ugly truth within. The Cowboys have handled the situation regarding Josh Brent extremely poorly and that was exploited again on Wednesday when the New England Patriots released Pro Bowl tight end Aaron Hernandez less than an hour after he was arrested for his possible involvement in a murder case.
Hernandez is extremely vital to the Patriots’ success and has been consistent as a pass-catching tight end in arguably the most potent offense in the NFL since entering the league in 2010. However, New England didn’t hesitate one bit in cutting ties with the superstar after he got into legal trouble because put simply: the Patriots don’t put up with that nonsense.
On the flip side, the Cowboys have yet to do anything to Brent, who is out on bail after being charged with intoxication manslaughter from a car crash that resulted in the death of his teammate, Jerry Brown. Heck, Brent was even allowed on the sidelines during the Cowboys’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers the Sunday following the tragedy. Rightfully so, the commentators called it a “disgrace,” which pretty much describes the way the entire Cowboys organization is run the days.
If that wasn’t enough for just one incident involving one player, Brent failed a drug test while out on bail earlier this month, which resulted in prosecutors asking a Dallas County judge for his bail to be revoked. Does that sound like a guy who is even the slightest bit remorseful about his actions? Didn’t think so.
The reason why Brent and all other Cowboys players don’t fear consequences is because there are none at Valley Ranch. Players might get a talking to from Jerry Jones if it’s convenient for the team’s clueless owner that consist of nothing more than “you probably shouldn’t do that again, but if you do, your job is still safe with us.”
In case you haven’t noticed, the Patriots’ no-nonsense approach has resulted in their appearance in five Super Bowls in the past decade, including three championships. Even the great Randy Moss was yanked without hesitation when he acted up. The result? Another trip to the title game.
The Cowboys have a problem they didn’t under Jimmy Johnson, who recently blasted the team for its unacceptable philosophy:
“You’ve got to motivate these players through some respect but the number one motivator is fear — fear of letting down your teammates being embarrassed or fear of losing the job. Where is the fear in Dallas? There’s no fear in Dallas. It’s a country club where everybody is buddies.”
There could not possibly be a better way to describe the dysfunctional Cowboys. They simply don’t have all their ducks in a row. Heck, even the Cleveland Browns released a player on Wednesday, who was charged with attempted murder, and they’re a worse team than Dallas!
The Cowboys’ lack of accountability starts at the top with Jones, then trickles down to head coach Jason Garrett, whose lip service about accountability is so embarrassing that it’s no longer laughable. The team’s handling of Brent (or lack thereof) sets a bad example for every player drafted or signed by the Cowboys: You can do whatever you want and get away with it. Until that changes, the Cowboys will continue to be a mediocre team, at best.