“Perpetual tardiness” caused Cowboys players to sour on Greg Hardy

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett didn’t exactly offer a ringing endorsement of defensive end Greg Hardy earlier this week, and it sounds like some of his teammates may have felt just as ambivalent.

According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, several teammates who had previously supported Hardy “began to sour on him late in the season.”

That’s partly because Hardy was high-maintenance, with Garrett having to meet with him four times about his off-field distractions, and also because of his “perpetual tardiness for team meetings never resulted in a reduction of playing time.”

He reportedly was respectful when they talked to him about changing, but never bothered to change.

As a result, he became an expensive headache for them. Between his suspension and the fact he didn’t hit any of his sack incentives (finishing with six), Hardy made around $8.8 million for a season in which they spent far too much time discussing things not football regarding him.

Early in the year, when he was getting sacks, ownership talked openly of him being “real leader” and wanting to commit to him long-term.

But since he had just 1.5 sack over the last six weeks of the season, that talk seems to have cooled.

Hardy, as is his custom, seemed oblivious to the talk. Asked if he’d like to return to the team, he replied: “I look good in blue and white, let’s be honest.”

His contract doesn’t allow the Cowboys to use the franchise tag on him this year, but nothing about his play indicated they should. And that means they either sign up for another year of distraction, or wait for someone else to take the chance.

87 responses to ““Perpetual tardiness” caused Cowboys players to sour on Greg Hardy

  1. Sooooo… They were fine with his conviction for what he did to his girlfriend?

    Why were Cowboys fans the only people who believed this would end any differently?

    Anyone taking odds that he gets arrested this off season?

  2. How you look in blue and white isn’t what their concerned about Mr. Hardy , its how you look between the ears !

  3. It’s the Cowboys…of course they’re going to sign him. Most classless team in the entire NFL

  4. Even if he wasn’t a distraction, I didn’t see enough from him to sign long term or for another year for the money he would want. The Cowboys should let him walk try to pick up a DE via the draft.

  5. depends on what the price tag is going to be whether they bring him back or not, simple as that…

  6. He’s made the Cowboys look foolish, which is usually Jerry Jones job, for never disciplining him and talking about him like he is the second coming of Too Tall Jones! I wonder who’s headache he’ll become next year!

  7. At best this guy is a Head Case and a Distraction, at his worst he is Cancer.

    Do yourselves a Favor Cowboys, remove the Cancer.

    He’s not worth it.

  8. Hardy has OCD…so he has to get the guns laid out on the bed in exactly the right order before he leaves.

  9. Its kind of funny that anyone thinks that Jerrah spends any time worrying or cares what his sock puppet thinks about hardy, or what anyone else thinks about anything, including cowboy’s fans.

    The dallas cowboys is Jerrah’s toy and he will continue to play with it as he sees fit and cowboys fans will continue to buy so much stuff they can continue to fool themselves the cowboys are relevent outside of texas.

    The reason the cowboys got hardy in the first place is because there were only a couple of other organization in the nfl morally bankrupted enough to compete with them to get him (and given how low the moral bar is set in the nfl to begin with, that is saying something) No legitimate organization in the nfl would touch hardy with a 50 foot pole; if the cowboys want him again they got him.

    And Jerrah will want him, who really has any doubt about that? If cowboy fans thought last season was a nightmare, wait until they see the roster of clowns (including manzel or RGIII or maybe even both) that will provide the rest of us endless entertainment next season

  10. Hopefully this turd never plays another down in the nfl and no longer gets those huge paychecks.

    He’s so stupid he’ll be broke and homeless within 5-10 years after he’s out of the league if he’s not in jail

  11. Inconsistent effort; disrespectful to teammates, opponents, and the game in general; negative influence in locker room; mediocre production; poor situational awareness; has name recognition and “star” persona despite all of the above. Sounds exactly like the kind of guy Jones will badly overpay for.

  12. $8.8 mil buys a whole lotta baseball bats….

    …more Jerrah insanity….the clown show in Dallas just never ends.

  13. I wonder who’s headache he’ll become next year!

    My guess is, Texas Department of Corrections….

  14. The most telling point of this piece is that he was late habitually, “talked to” about it repeatedly, but never actually disciplined.
    It isn’t any wonder that other players felt there was a double standard with him.
    It is really hard not to conclude that there was some very poor coaching involved in their dealings with him, perhaps because Garret is limited in what he can do without the express approval of the boss.

  15. Jerry Jones paid $8M to show the rest of the NFL that he is willing to overlook any despicable behavior in order to go 4-12.

    Reap what you sow.

  16. Tardiness to meetings is what caused Dallas players to sour on him??? Because if he was punctual the guy would be a class act and a great teammate, right? Jeesh…

  17. IMO, Jerry’s comments about him, such as the ‘leader’ comment, built him up to be something he isn’t……and Hardy believed it.

  18. “That’s partly because Hardy was high-maintenance, with Garrett having to meet with him four times about his off-field distractions, and also because of his “perpetual tardiness for team meetings never resulted in a reduction of playing time.””

    That’s a big problem isn’t it? I hate to use my own team as an example ’cause it makes me look biased, but Muhammad Wilkerson was late for ONE meeting before the Jets-Giants game and Bowles forced him to sit for the 1st quarter. Hardy needs to be sent a message. Stop enabling and allowing that kind of behavior.

  19. I don’t like the Cowboys and often times enjoy their dysfunction, however this guy does not deserve to wear an NFL uniform. Let him go Cowboys, there are better people willing to work harder than that in that position…

  20. I hope Jerry Jones lives to be a million years old. I love the way he runs the Dallas Deadcows. Just knowing he’s there allows me to put a line through that team every year as far as winning anything.

    GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. If anyone has ever earned being black-balled by the entire league even at his peak age, this is the guy. How can any team justify signing him? Wasn’t good enough on the field. Divided the locker room. Divided the fan-base. Oh, and he’s a sociopath.

    There are only two teams that could possibly work something out with him. First, Cincinnati. I say that because there are plenty of “troubled” individuals in the past that have done very well there and that’s a tip of the cap to Marvin Lewis. The other is the team that he just failed for.

    I give a slight outside chance for Oakland, but that team has cleaned up and I doubt they want to go down that road.

  22. Oh so it wasn’t the woman beating or the plethora of automatic weapons or the assault of their special teams coach that was over the line for the cowboys…it was hardys perpetual tardiness that crossed the line…makes sense for the NFLs penitentiary team

  23. Well, Garrett’s perpetual losiness is starting to sour on me. Actually, it’s been souring on me for a while, but he’s still here.

    The irony of Dallas’ impatience with players is the perpetual patience they have with a coach who’s spent 6 years being a [head] coach, and still coaches like he doesn’t know how to coach.

    First, they said ‘malcontents’ like T.O., Pacman Jones, and Tank were the problems. They got rid of them, yet years later they’re still the same undisciplined, underachieving team.

    Hmm. I wonder if the problems aren’t actually the players. Hmm. Hmm.

  24. hoops737 says:
    Jan 7, 2016 9:23 AM
    It’s the Cowboys…of course they’re going to sign him. Most classless team in the entire NFL
    ___________________________

    Cowboys have the most classless people, but the Colts are the most classless ORGANIZATION.

    Phony crowd noise. Tampering with their footballs. Tampering with other teams’ footballs. Blatantly tanking an entire season to land the #1 pick. Lying on injury reports. Embarrassing themselves, the Ratbirds, BSPN, and the NFL brass with that made-up psi silliness that 90% of America saw right through.

  25. Here in Georgia I’ve seen prisoners in Blue and White striped jail suits, I think you would look terrific in that blue and white and aren’t the Cowboy’s colors Silver and Blue?

  26. Best way to show exemplary leadership … pull your best Ryan Mallet impression. Don’t ever fire your GM, Jerrah.

  27. Just about every game I watch on television, some announcers tell us how much of a “team leader” so and so is.

    Some of these players have been in the league for many years and deserve the distinction, but some of them are in their first or second years in the NFL.

  28. thejuddstir says:
    Jan 7, 2016 9:24 AM
    Jerrah’s football acumen makes you wonder how the hell he became a billionaire???
    _______________________________________
    I’m no Cowboys, or Jones fan…however his money he bought this team with, he earned with his business acumen, and he then used that business acumen to make the cowboys worth (143m) when he bought, to 2.3B in 2014. I don’t think anyone can figure out why you’re wondering how he became a billionaire?

    Jerry’s Business Acumen > Jerry’s Football Acumen
    Jerry Jones Overall Acumen = Success

  29. Jerry Jones is the idiot here. Whatever sickness Hardy is suffering from pales in comparison to the warped brain inside Jones’ head. I wouldn’t turn my back on Jones for a minute. He’s a strange bird.

  30. Asked if he’d like to return to the team, he replied: “I look good in blue and white, let’s be honest.”
    ________________________________________
    What Hardy actually said :
    “If the Cowboys offer me an opportunity to stay,” “I would love to stay here.

    “My man [Jerry Jones] took a nice chance on me, and I would love to repay that debt with a million sacks and a ton of wins. We couldn’t, so I would say it was very mal — for my Spanish friends — mucho mal.”

    “Let’s be honest, it has been awesome. I got to play with fricken Tony Romo, I got to play with Dez Bryant, I got to play with Jason Witten, I got to play with fricken Sean Lee.

    “I got to play with monsters in this game, legends in the game. The fricken head coach, Jerry Jones, the Jones family, legendary people in this game. I’ve learned so much.”

    “My goal is to be on the field next year because every year is a gift,” “My preference is to be on some team — not at home on the couch.”

  31. thejuddstir says:
    Jan 7, 2016 9:24 AM
    Jerrah’s football acumen makes you wonder how the hell he became a billionaire???
    =========================================
    That’s easy. It’s because Jerry has no morals. Nice guys finish last in the ruthless business world, especially for oil in Texas.

    It’s no wonder he signed Greg Tardy Hardy.

  32. logicalvoicepft says:
    Jan 7, 2016 9:20 AM
    Learn from Dan Snyder on how to win. Let your football people run the team and be quiet. On second thought no let Jerrah keep being Jerrah. #ThankGodImaRedskinfan
    ________________________________________
    Only took Snyder 15 years, 10 of them in last place of the division, to figure that out.

    Congrats. Now overpay Cousins and watch the team sink back to the bottom

  33. Better yet for the NFC East is that this year Jerrah got away with renting Hardy for the year. Now if he wants to keep his leader, he will have to sign him to a multi-year contract with some upfront guaranteed money…….the risk just increased 10 fold. Money paid to keep Hardy reduces the cap money left over to sign others…….a win win for the NFC East.

  34. Learn from Dan Snyder on how to win. Let your football people run the team and be quiet. On second thought no let Jerrah keep being Jerrah. #ThankGodImaRedskinfan

    Learn how to win from Dan Snyder! Man, my sides are hurting.

  35. ghostof34 says:
    Jan 7, 2016 10:47 AM
    thejuddstir says:
    Jan 7, 2016 9:24 AM
    Jerrah’s football acumen makes you wonder how the hell he became a billionaire???
    _______________________________________
    I’m no Cowboys, or Jones fan…however his money he bought this team with, he earned with his business acumen, and he then used that business acumen to make the cowboys worth (143m) when he bought, to 2.3B in 2014. I don’t think anyone can figure out why you’re wondering how he became a billionaire?

    Jerry’s Business Acumen > Jerry’s Football Acumen
    Jerry Jones Overall Acumen = Success

    ———————————————–
    You’re missing the entire point of my post. Sometimes things require a little deeper thought.

  36. Hardy, as is his custom, seemed oblivious to the talk. Asked if he’d like to return to the team, he replied: “I look good in blue and white, let’s be honest.”
    _____________________

    Grugenhagen beat me to the Orange jumpsuit comment, but blue and white still leaves the Lions, Giants, Colts, Panthers, Seahawks, Titans, Bills and Patriots.

  37. I couldn’t stop laughing at that redskins fan that said Jerry Jones should learn how to win from Dan Snyder… 😂😂😂 the Cowboys learn how to win from the redskins 😂😂😂. The finally make the playoffs because the Cowboys had everything go wrong this year, and a redskins fan thinks they know how to win😂😂😂😂 stop it you’re killing me! 😂😂😂

  38. Lets be honest, the only reason the Cowboys organization let this information slip is so they could sign him cheaper. #MediaManipulation

  39. Ah, the semi-annual Greg Hardy roast-a-thin. I wonder how many of you will be conspicuously quiet when he signs with your team next year.

  40. Now, now, this is Jerry’s prized stallion. A leader amongst leaders. Let’s not be harsh. Wait till Johnny Football joins the locker room. Yeeeee Haaaaah!

  41. I keep trying to imagine Kraft doing something like this; or Belichick even paying attention…naah!
    Kraft is more a fan than an owner. I like that.
    Jerry should try that..Might enjoy some good times.

  42. The Dallas Cowboys and other NFL franchises (with the exception of a few) will sign anyone, regardless of reputation, if it equates to production and wins.

    If Greg Hardy had 10+ sacks, he would already have signed a long term deal.

  43. Ya I had a coworker that got arrested for beating the living hell out of his girlfriend and never owned up to it, but it was soooo annoying when he showed up late for work a few times. I just couldn’t deal with it anymore.

  44. The Cowboys are in a good enough position draft-wise that they shouldn’t have to take a chance on him. Pick some great defensive players in early rounds, take a flyer somewhere along the way on a promising QB who could at least be a good backup, and they’ll be fine.

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