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Cowboys’ Jason Hatcher: We need a team leader

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What separates the Cowboys from the NFL’s elite teams? One player on the roster thinks it’s leadership.

Dallas defensive end Jason Hatcher said in an interview with Deion Sanders on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM that he isn’t sure who the leader in the locker room is.

“Dude, I’ve got to be honest with you: That’s a good question,” Hatcher said, via the Star Telegram. “I really don’t know. It’s just another thing we really need. . . . We don’t have that. We’ve got the talent. We’ve got everything we need [except] a Ray Lewis. When Ray Lewis speaks, everybody listens to him. A guy like that, we really don’t got that. I think we definitely need somebody like that.”

Hatcher, who has spent his entire six-year career with the Cowboys, said he believes there’s a lot to like about the future of the franchise. Just as soon as someone steps up and starts leading the team.

“So once you have that, you’ll be good,” Hatcher said. “We’re still looking for it.”

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  1. cowboylover says: Feb 17, 2012 5:37 PM

    Tony? DeMarcus? Jason? Anyone listening??

  2. tooz72 says: Feb 17, 2012 5:40 PM

    i’m sure they do..shouldn’t the QB be the team leader, at least on offense?

  3. dacapt704 says: Feb 17, 2012 5:41 PM

    Seems like D-Ware should be that guy…I guess its not his style? Seriously though, too much blame was placed on Rob Ryan when in fact it wasnt the scheme but the PLAYERS who constantly blew coverages and missed tackles.

    I’ve never seen a coach miss a tackle or forget to cover the WR streaking through the secondary..

  4. 808raiderinparadise says: Feb 17, 2012 5:43 PM

    Dez Bryant gets my vote.

    1. Classy
    2. Mature
    3. Hard Worker
    4. Team guy

  5. alldonesmith says: Feb 17, 2012 5:44 PM

    seems like every year is “the year the Cowboys finally put it all together.” maybe they need a leader. or maybe the roster isn’t nearly as talented as the media seems to think. Jerry Jones the GM isn’t all that great at his job.

  6. dirtydrynn27 says: Feb 17, 2012 5:55 PM

    Before the last two seasons started you guys were predicted to win it all,I thought they had everything that they needed……

  7. sprest83 says: Feb 17, 2012 5:56 PM

    Actually that interview was on ESPN radio not Star Telegram

  8. dirtdawg55 says: Feb 17, 2012 5:56 PM

    I thought Rob Ryan was the leader. Well, that’s what he would like us all to believe.

  9. theyknowtheyknowtheyknow says: Feb 17, 2012 6:10 PM

    @ dirtydrynn27

    Besides one or two “analysts” going out on a limb, the Cowboys have not been consensus favorites for the super bowl since 2008.

  10. barryblogs says: Feb 17, 2012 6:12 PM

    Great QB’s are the team leaders. Manning, Manning, Brady, Rogers, Breese…guess Romo isn’t a great QB

  11. rajbais says: Feb 17, 2012 6:12 PM

    Then dump Tony Romo!!!

    He’s a non-clutch stat racker that only gets love from the national media because its idiot constituents think he’s a “T.O. victim”!!!

    If you want a championship team your quarterback has to be clutch!!! Look at Big Ben and Eli!!! They have four rings together!!!!

  12. chiadam says: Feb 17, 2012 6:12 PM

    Take THAT, Tony Romo!!

  13. bobhk says: Feb 17, 2012 6:14 PM

    Normally it would be the QB but he hasn’t stepped up. Ware would be the other guy but he seems to be quiet type of guy.

    The coach does not seem to inspire confidence either.

    Besides most people overrate the talent in this team.

  14. theyknowtheyknowtheyknow says: Feb 17, 2012 6:17 PM

    @ rajbais

    Lol…football ignorance at it’s best.

    Rothlisberger had the benefit of a top notch defense…his play in super bowls has been nothing short of mediocre

  15. bobhk says: Feb 17, 2012 6:24 PM

    theyknowtheyknowtheyknow says:
    Feb 17, 2012 6:17 PM
    @ rajbais

    Lol…football ignorance at it’s best.

    Rothlisberger had the benefit of a top notch defense…his play in super bowls has been nothing short of mediocre
    ————-
    @theyknowtheyknowtheyknow

    your stupidity is at display. I am not a steelers or big ben fan, but he was absolutely clutch when it mattered in superbowl against the cards.

    When has romo done anything noteworthy other than rack up stats in the regular season.

  16. usmutts says: Feb 17, 2012 6:26 PM

    Maybe Romo’s busy gripping his putter.

  17. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 17, 2012 6:32 PM

    Its YOU, Hatcher….You’re the one who sees the need. Step up and fill the need.

  18. upyoursnfu says: Feb 17, 2012 6:34 PM

    Tony Romo…duh.

  19. thejuddstir says: Feb 17, 2012 6:34 PM

    Tony Rom-mantic…..?
    Dez “can’t make it thru 2 halves of a game” …?
    Rob “mouth of the SOUTH” Ryan…..?
    Pretty boy Smiles Austin…..?
    Perennial breakout candidate Felix Jones…?
    I know, how about “Jerrah”, he’s the voice of the Cowboys, CEO, President, GM, Headcoach, Draft Expert, so he might as well designate himself the “Great Leader”…………….seriously, Jerrah’s ego will not allow anyone else to be the “leader”, just ask Jimmy Johnson.

  20. prmpft says: Feb 17, 2012 6:45 PM

    …what’re you CRAZY???!!!

    JERRY’s leading that team – YOU’RE FIRED!

  21. dgbk says: Feb 17, 2012 6:55 PM

    no on is pickin the cowboys to win every yr…. other than fans of oposing teams who claim ppl say this i never hear it :/…..

  22. cardmagnet says: Feb 17, 2012 6:55 PM

    It’s a little disheartening that Keith Brooking hasn’t stepped up like in year’s past.

  23. imaduffer says: Feb 17, 2012 6:56 PM

    If they would only let the Cowboys cheerleaders into the locker room. There would never be a problem. “May I have your attention please?”

  24. 3octaveFart says: Feb 17, 2012 6:57 PM

    Proof that Tony Romo, ain’t it.

  25. romoscollarbone says: Feb 17, 2012 6:58 PM

    It’ll be Sean Lee. After mini-camps, and training camp, he is going to show himself to be that Defensive leader. Kid is amazing.

    People don’t realize how segregated the offensive and defensive units are. Tony leads the O. When you watch SoundFx, and or read relevant things about the ‘boys it’s evident. I think if they make the right O-line moves, and Tony has the time to breathe back there, good things will happen.

    Hatcher says the team needs a leader, but why can’t it be him? 6 yrs in the league is enough time, guy makes plays.

  26. bobhk says: Feb 17, 2012 6:59 PM

    You know your team is in trouble when your owner thinks other teams QB was the difference when your team supposedly has a franchise QB.

  27. delshofner says: Feb 17, 2012 7:04 PM

    There’s just something about the Dallas Cowboy mystique that makes people refuse to look at the “maybe they’re just NOT that talented” angle. Every year since the ’70’s.

  28. jrspike says: Feb 17, 2012 7:11 PM

    We have Jerry, we don’t need no stinking leader.

  29. fbjule says: Feb 17, 2012 7:14 PM

    this guy is 6’6 300 and is 29 years old, i got an idea. why doesnt he lead????!!

    o wait its not that easy?!! thats why there are only a few urlacher, willis, lewis types in the league. This guy hatcher is a joke he could be a team leader if he wanted. First order of business, keep it in house, be accountable and don’t blame everyone around for not leading, set the example.

  30. txndave says: Feb 17, 2012 7:15 PM

    Can someone please make Jerry jones and the cowturds go away forever PLEASE!!

  31. astrosfan75956 says: Feb 17, 2012 7:24 PM

    Sean Lee needs to step up and become the team leader. He’s the second best player on that Def behind Ware, who is not a real vocal guy.

  32. nflrule says: Feb 17, 2012 7:31 PM

    Cowboys dont need a team leader,they just need guys to make plays.These pregame tirades of guys like Ray Lewis,Keith Brooking and Drew Brees have nothing to do with football.Its all for show and for the almost unwatchable NFL Network.Guys like Jack Lambert and Randy White did not need to act like a clown.They just dropped you on your ass all game long and you knew they were “leaders”.

  33. theyknowtheyknowtheyknow says: Feb 17, 2012 7:33 PM

    @bobhk

    Football is a TEAM sport…no one quarterback has carried the team on his back. Even when they’re defense was terrible (colts/saints) they stepped up and made opportunistic plays…look at the saints this year against the niners and last year against the Seahawks…that doesn’t take anything away from Brees.

    If playoff success is what we measure players on, then would you say that Chase Blackburn is a better LB than London Fletcher???

    Afterall, Blackburn has 3 playoff wins and a superbowl ring, let’s just ignore the other stuff….

  34. 49erstim says: Feb 17, 2012 7:52 PM

    Wow. Leave it to the Cowboys. If I see that void then I try to fill it. The only problem is that guys have to set aside egos. There also needs to be accountability between players… I’m thinking that too many people have their hands in the pot and are content with the way things are. Content NEVER equals championships.

  35. jacunn2000 says: Feb 17, 2012 7:56 PM

    Seriously Dallas? You are my team. BUT, with all of the money JJ is paying you guys no one can step up? FML…..

  36. bobhk says: Feb 17, 2012 8:02 PM

    @theyknowtheyknowtheyknow

    A QB is a leader of the team (or supposed to be). When it comes to mement of truth romo has not stepped up.

    He can’t hide behind the TEAM thing. If he’s a leader there are higher standards than anyone else. Besides romo has had good/decent teams.

    A leader of a team is supposed to lead his team into the playoffs. The buck stops with him. After all both romo and Eli faced elimination at the end of regular season. Who came through?

    Big Ben has stepped up his play in clutch. I’m not saying he’s awesome but he’s better than romo. So is Eli.

  37. theyknowtheyknowtheyknow says: Feb 17, 2012 8:32 PM

    Lol…before this year Eli had back to back seasons with 30 turnovers…
    Rothlisberger has the lowest qb rating of any qb to
    Win a superbowl (Seattle)

    Eli can be a great quarterback, I’m not taking that away from him.

    But if you honestly think that weak/goofy guy is the “vocal leader” of
    The giants…that’s pretty funny

    Tony has faced elimination before…in the majority of those games the defense surrendered more thAn 30 points. If you think Tony is what’s wrong with the cowboys, you might want to log onto espn next time they have a chat with Matt moseley and learn something

    It’s all good, they said the same thing about Peyton (who has 6 first round exits on his career)

  38. yevrag3535 says: Feb 17, 2012 9:02 PM

    D A L L A S S U C K S !!!!!! Same problems, defferent year, OH NO<<<<<<<>>>>>>

  39. polegojim says: Feb 17, 2012 9:09 PM

    NO JERRY, it can’t be YOU!!!!

  40. capitaloffense says: Feb 17, 2012 9:12 PM

    Is it that leaders have not stepped up OR is it when they do, no one listens? When you get paid an assload of money you should be already KNOW what is needed and you should not need to be told. If you do need to be told, whether by a locker room leader or the damn guy who squirts gatorade in your lazy mouth, if the information is pertinent and obviously a decent suggestion in regards to winning a damn game, you should LISTEN.

  41. redbeardxxv says: Feb 17, 2012 9:34 PM

    Well, why the hell doesn’t Hatcher step up to the plate???

  42. bobhk says: Feb 17, 2012 9:44 PM

    @theyknowtheyknowtheyknow

    You can laugh all you want. But the way I see it is that Eli has two rings and two super bowl MVPs. That’s two more than romo. You can’t always pass the buck when your team loses. Eli was very instrumental in those wins.

    Ever think why the D gave up all the points. I remember the season ending loss against Philly with playoffs at stake. Romo got nothing going.
    Romo is not a clutch QB no matter how you paint it.

    Mosley’s opinion is just that: opinion. Mosley has left ESPN BTW. When was the last time you logged into ESPN.

    I think it’s very telling that Jones thinks the difference between cowboys and giants was Eli.

    BTW, I doubled over laughing when you compared romo to Peyton. They don’t belong in the same sentence.

  43. roadtrip3500 says: Feb 17, 2012 9:52 PM

    theyknowtheyknowtheyknow says: Feb 17, 2012 8:32 PM

    Eli can be a great quarterback, I’m not taking that away from him.

    But if you honestly think that weak/goofy guy is the “vocal leader” of The giants…that’s pretty funny
    ——————————-
    Ask any Giants player what happens in the locker room when Eli addresses the team, rare as it may happen.

    Answer: you hear no one but Eli.

    In that regard, Eli is much like Giants owners Wellington and John Mara… not much to say, but when he does speak, everyone listens carefully.

  44. upyoursnfu says: Feb 17, 2012 10:04 PM

    Dez Bryant? Ha….just kidding

  45. caboose12 says: Feb 17, 2012 10:31 PM

    Dude, you lack a leader, a good owner, a good GM, a better head coach, and how bout a dam QB. Then u might start to win a game or two.

  46. tinopuno says: Feb 17, 2012 10:49 PM

    cardmagnet says: Feb 17, 2012 6:55 PM

    It’s a little disheartening that Keith Brooking hasn’t stepped up like in year’s past.

    ———————————————————–

    Brooking WILL step up…just as soon as they get him a walker.

  47. commonsensedude says: Feb 17, 2012 11:14 PM

    This could only mean one thing …. It is time for the all-talented Jerry Jones to take his egomaniacal need for attention and total control to the next logical level. Jerry should don a uniform and get out on the field and show those young guys how it’s supposed to be done. As the NFL’s first owner/player/coach, there will be no remaining doubt as to who is the team leader … er team “dear leader.”

    As ridiculous as it may sound, I believe old Jerry can be as good a player as he’s been a General Manager. It’s “go time.” Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum!

  48. bittersportspills says: Feb 17, 2012 11:59 PM

    A team’s quarterback is allegedly the team leader. Listening to Giants players saying they had complete confidence in Eli Manning showed that’s the case with some teams. Tony Romo is not that guy for Dallas. I enjoy Cowboys fan and Cowboys player when they say the team needs some leaders. I laugh even more when Cowboys myopic (i.e., media fanboys) say “all Romo needs is a little more time to develop…”

    How much more time is needed, Cowboys homer? Vince Young got run out of Tennessee. Brady Quinn got run out of Cleveland. Matt Leinert got run out of Arizona. John Beck got run out (if he was ever in) of Miami. A number of NFL quarterbacks have come and gone since Romo got his first start. Heck, Mark Sanchez is under heavy fire and he advanced his team in the playoffs his first two seasons. Tony Romo would have been run out of town long ago if he played for a New York, Boston or Phily team.

    Romo’s a stat machine and the fantasy players love him. His 149 TD’s and 72 INTs rate favorably to Troy Aikman’s 165 TD’s and 141 INT’s. Proof once again that stats don’t mean a damn thing compared to wins, losses and performance at winning time.

  49. pjl3489 says: Feb 18, 2012 4:27 AM

    “We need a Ray Lewis.” As if it were that simple to go out and find a leader like Ray Lewis.

  50. dkdal says: Feb 18, 2012 5:55 AM

    lol, why are you all saying that it should be Romo?? Hatcher, is talking about a leader on defence. that means, a guy that plays defence.

    every Cowboys fan knows that Romo is an leader on offence.. but again, because of all the Cowboys hate people are saying that he is not a leader, not clutch, and just sucks… try and watch the games instead of just hate.

    and by the way, this defence does not need a leader as much as it needs talent in the DB possitions.

  51. dewalt2990 says: Feb 18, 2012 7:21 AM

    Isn’t that what the QB is for?

  52. theyknowtheyknowtheyknow says: Feb 18, 2012 8:44 AM

    @bobhk

    Say what you Want about THE SECOND RATED PASSER IN NFL HISTORY

    I Guess you think Eli is better than Marino because of his two rings?

    And The cowboys beat the Eagles twice in 09 to clinch a playoff spot and eliminate the eagles in the wild card playoffs

    the cowboys have consistenly had a top 10 offense year in and year out

    And I have not logged in to espn in years, I don’t need a media bias group of people adjust MY opinions like yourself

    Your opinions are just like that of ESPN the flavor of the month type

  53. tedbo68 says: Feb 18, 2012 8:58 AM

    This shows the immaturity of this team. If there is a need for a leader, instead of saying it in the media, someone needs to step up, plain and simple. If you’ve been on the team for 6 years, its your time. Step up Hatcher

  54. z0inks says: Feb 18, 2012 9:51 AM

    Kinda hard for anyone to take a leadership role when the owner is constantly second-guessing every decision and reminding everyone that HE’s the one running the show.

    The Cowboys have plenty of leadership; it’s just leading them in the wrong direction.

  55. krashie21 says: Feb 18, 2012 10:20 AM

    As a Cowboys fan…..

    A few thoughts about Hatcher’s comments……

    1) No argument…..Romo has to step up. NOW. He knows he’s the second-luckiest human being who ever lived outside Ringo Starr, but he has to deliver or it’s time to look at trading up in a draft this year or next.

    But I’m sure “Jerruh” doesn’t read this and likely not Ringo. So perhaps this post won’t be banned?

    2) When a guy says stuff like this, then HE should be stepping up a little more often.

    3) By 2013, or maybe even this year….this will be Sean Lee’s team. Then things will change.

    4) Hatcher is right they need a true leader and not some buffoon like Brooking wailing and yelling like a complete doofus on national TV…..

  56. bobhk says: Feb 18, 2012 11:25 AM

    theyknowtheyknowtheyknow says:
    Feb 18, 2012 8:44 AM
    @bobhk

    Say what you Want about THE SECOND RATED PASSER IN NFL HISTORY

    I Guess you think Eli is better than Marino because of his two rings?

    And The cowboys beat the Eagles twice in 09 to clinch a playoff spot and eliminate the eagles in the wild card playoffs

    the cowboys have consistenly had a top 10 offense year in and year out

    And I have not logged in to espn in years, I don’t need a media bias group of people adjust MY opinions like yourself

    Your opinions are just like that of ESPN the flavor of the month type

     —————–
    @theyknowtheyknowtheyknow

    You are so funny man.

    I’m sure as a cowboys fan you must be enjoying seeing Eli lead his team to two superbowl victories while romo enjoys his great passer ratings. Didn’t know that the game was about higher passer ratings. I thought it was about winning the big game. It’s all about leadership and romo ain’t got any. Ask hatcher.

    It’s so funny that you tell me to check out mosleys comments on espn above and then say you don’t care about it. Do have any consistency man?

    Love the fact that you put romo in the company of Marino and Peyton. Romo is also ahead of Montana in passer rating. Let’s just say that romo is the greatest then.

  57. preventdefense says: Feb 18, 2012 11:32 AM

    Well one, I think Hatcher’s talking largely about defense. And that’s fair. Sean Lee might be able to be that leader, but this was his first real year as a starter. Lots of the older guys are on the way out, and I expect they boot most of the secondary and maybe ever Spencer. Kind of hard to have a strong leader on defense when you’re busy jettisoning all your players. Ware’s great, but he has a quiet kickass style.

  58. njkid says: Feb 18, 2012 11:32 AM

    @ theyknowtheyknow

    Are you kidding me?? You don’t think Eli is the
    leader of that team?? He is the main reason the Giants won! yes the defense came together late in the year, but it was Eli who carried the team until it all clicked, don’t let his look fool you he is
    a silent killer on that field and the General of the Giants.

  59. duanethomas says: Feb 18, 2012 11:39 AM

    Why don’t you do it Jason? Step up?

  60. akcowboy1 says: Feb 18, 2012 11:46 AM

    I’m tired of this lame excuse. Lets blame it on leadership. Hey Hatcher i don’t see you stepping up. How about you and the defense play better. Oh i forgot thats Tony’s, Jasons’, or whom ever you can blame to deflect your sorry a## defensive play. How about for once someone stand up and say this team is not that talented especially on defense. You and every other guy on this team just want to keep you high paying jobs by making excuses. What talent? Quit living on 13 and 3 against a last place schedule, which now you could only muster 8 and 8 against a last place schedule. Go sack groceries dude, maybe you will be better at that.

  61. krashie21 says: Feb 18, 2012 12:20 PM

    z0inks says:
    Feb 18, 2012 9:51 AM
    Kinda hard for anyone to take a leadership role when the owner is constantly second-guessing every decision and reminding everyone that HE’s the one running the show.

    The Cowboys have plenty of leadership; it’s just leading them in the wrong direction.
    ________________________________

    But on the other side of the coin…..with an owner this soft on his players, SOMEONE could “take over” this team…..Sean Lee is the guy who will one day do that, I think.

    I completely understand where you’re coming from, but if just one player could rise above that, they might actually have something.

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