Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher made headlines in February when he bemoaned the lack of leadership in Dallas.
There was a rebuttal from Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and plenty of others shared their opinions on the topic, but we never heard back from Hatcher about the search for vocal leaders in the locker room. Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News caught up with Hatcher and asked him about the lack of leadership. According to Hatcher, you can call off the search party because leaders have been found.
“That’s water under the bridge,” Hatcher said. “That happened months ago. It’s a new day. I’m tired of kind of speaking about that. We’re going in a good direction. I love my teammates. The leaders are the leaders and they’re doing a great job.”
Unless Brandon Carr or Nate Livings is the reincarnation of George Patton, not much has actually changed in the locker room from when Hatcher first spoke up on the issue. And not much will change unless the Cowboys get back to the playoffs this season.
There’s a bit of a chicken/egg situation at work when it comes to leadership because it can be hard to tell if a team makes strides because of great leadership or if players get deemed great leaders because they are on successful teams. The one thing we know for sure is that no losing team ever gets commended for having elite leadership, so the only way for the Cowboys to put this to rest is by advancing to the postseason.