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Jeremy Mincey: It will be hard to bring Greg Hardy back to Dallas

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 11:  Defensive end Jeremy Mincey #92 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second half of the NFL game against the New England Patriots at AT&T Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Veteran defensive end Jeremy Mincey sat next to Greg Hardy in the Cowboys locker room, so he’s not going to just come out and trash his neighbor.

Even while trashing his neighbor.

During an interview with KDFW 4 in Dallas, Mincey began by saying he found Hardy to be “misunderstood,” but then laid out a pretty convincing case why the free agent defensive end probably shouldn’t return.

“I have to deal with him, and being that you have to deal with him, I grew accustomed to a misunderstood person and I got to know him a little better than a lot of people here,” Mincey began, via the Dallas Morning News. “It was tough. It was tough. You know, you got this guy, who you want to be a leader, and then you got that guy. It was just too much.”

He was then asked about the tension in the locker room Hardy created, following reports that many players soured on Hardy because he was perpetually tardy to meetings and never really punished.

“Yeah it grew. It grew. It definitely grew,” Mincey said. “I hate it happened — you talk about a team that was so close knit and tight and all of a sudden it was just different. I wouldn’t say that he’s the reason for that happening, but sometimes change, sometimes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You know what I mean? And sometimes with change, the team is different.

“Regardless of how great this athlete is and regardless of this and that, if they’re not mentally on the same page, you’re not going to get the same results.”

Then asked if it would be difficult to bring Hardy back after his one-year redemption tour didn’t go as planned (he offered just 6.0 sacks, and 1.5 in the last six games for his $8.8 million) and have that locker room be cohesive again, Mincey agreed.

“Yeah, it will be — I think it will be good for the younger guys, which I don’t know how they feel about him personally, I mean I haven’t spoken to them or asked,” he said. “It would be me or him, you see what I’m saying? It would be either or. It’s hard to have two type of line mentality guys in one room, so it’s tough to figure out who the younger guys are going to follow. Of course they’re going to look up to a go who’s a prolific player. But I just understand the game, and I know what it takes to win.”

Mincey has some self-preservation stake in this game, since he’s a free agent this offseason also. So positioning himself as the anti-Hardy in terms of leadership might actually be a really pragmatic play on his part.

But regardless his own situation, the more people talk about the impact Hardy had in Dallas this year, the less likely it seems the Cowboys will want to bring him back, after so much big talk early in the process.

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58 Responses to “Jeremy Mincey: It will be hard to bring Greg Hardy back to Dallas”
  1. Kelly's Chronicles says: Jan 12, 2016 8:20 AM

    Jerry and Hardy share a character trait. Turd. So yeah he will be back.

  2. driftw00d says: Jan 12, 2016 8:26 AM

    It seems that this Jeremy Mincey character didn’t learn a thing from Jerry’s great team leader Greg Hardy.

  3. jjb0811 says: Jan 12, 2016 8:27 AM

    Hardy is the scapegoat for another failed season this year. Probably a jerk to his teammates and def one to people outside the league. But Dallas’ record is a reflection on J Jones not on 1 player.

  4. dansardo says: Jan 12, 2016 8:30 AM

    The only reason it would be “hard to bring him back” is if jerrah actually started having a clue (like that is ever going to happen) and realized what a cancer this guy was both on and off the field.

    The cowboys got him because almost no other team in the nfl would touch him with a 10 foot pole. Given the low standards in the nfl, that is really saying something and its nothing positive about Jerrah or the cowboys.

    Hardy’s performance this year both on and off the field just confirmed what everyone with half a brain already knew about him. Mincey’s not a bad guy but his productive days are over and so it isn’t going to take hardly anything for the cowboys to bring either or both back….if they are dumb enough to want him

  5. aj66shanghai says: Jan 12, 2016 8:35 AM

    No team wants him. He is talented and athletically gifted but he is a bad teammate and just a bad human being. I hope he’s out of the league next year and broke soon after, couldn’t happen to a more deserving scumbag.

  6. Remember when PFT was about football? Now its just a bunch of whiney losers who cry about the Patriots says: Jan 12, 2016 8:37 AM

    I remember the people that acted like Hardy was just misunderstood. He wasn’t a terrible person. He cared about football. The media was just trying to ruin him. Etc.

    Turns out the media was pretty accurate. The d-bag persona that we always saw, wasn’t the media trying to craft his image, it was who he is. He made that clear in Dallas this year. He shows up when he shows up, and you should be thankful he showed up at all. He is just so good he doesn’t need to study, he doesn’t need to put in the long hours. He just shows up when he is good and ready… You can tolerate off the field issues with a guy that busts his rump on a daily basis and kills it on Sunday. But when you are a pain in the behind off the field, and you are lazy at practice, sleep in the meetings, show up late over and over and over, and then have a mediocre season, you aren’t gonna stick around.

  7. jacunn2000 says: Jan 12, 2016 8:40 AM

    Way to lay it out Mincey. Let this head case woman beater go to another team. Bengals perhaps??

  8. key2heat says: Jan 12, 2016 8:41 AM

    No other teams will have him. Dallas will get him for the cheap.

  9. 6ball says: Jan 12, 2016 8:50 AM

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    That’s exactly why new Lions GM, Bob Quinn , said he will have no tolerance for such nonsense. It’s not solely from a moral position, but it saps the strength and focus of the entire team. Just as some players make everyone around them better, there are some that their teammates worse.
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  10. claydefayette says: Jan 12, 2016 8:53 AM

    Next stop-Pittsburgh with Roethlisberger, Joey P and Mike

  11. ragnarthegreat says: Jan 12, 2016 8:55 AM

    poor guy. He was put on the spot by reporters, couldn’t really say what he meant. He was trying to be a good team mate and support the organization while answering uncomfortable questions. This article says more about Mincey than it does about Hardy. He seems like a team player.

  12. mpcny says: Jan 12, 2016 8:55 AM

    Time for the Kraken to move on. He did not do enough to put with his antics or pay him big money even short term.

  13. steelerssmack4u says: Jan 12, 2016 8:57 AM

    Jerry called Hardy a leader. I think Jerry should bring him back with a raise. No, I think Jerry should bring him back with a raise & make Hardy a captain

  14. buckethead1 says: Jan 12, 2016 8:57 AM

    Mincy is googling the word pragmatic…

  15. floratiotime says: Jan 12, 2016 9:05 AM

    Why? He’s a team leader, right?

  16. cafetero1075 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:09 AM

    Dallas always has puppet coach’s that enable players. That’s why they are losers. T.O. did the same thing.

  17. happy1114 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:09 AM

    He should have never been thrust into a leadership role by JJ in the first place……Hardy is the furthest thing from a leader….

  18. liverpoolred04 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:18 AM

    Shows up late for meetings = misunderstood?

  19. chrisdmv says: Jan 12, 2016 9:18 AM

    Mincey will not get signed but Hardy will and they will draft Bosa because Browns and Titans are clueless during the draft… Chargers have more needs than a DE.

  20. rufustfireflyjr says: Jan 12, 2016 9:18 AM

    It’s yet another reminder that when a team signs a player, they also get the person as part of the deal. A simple concept, but one that Jerry Jones still does not seem to have mastered. If a person is going to be a problem in the locker room, he had durn well be very productive on the field to be a net positive. And Hardy wasn’t.

  21. dallasdominates says: Jan 12, 2016 9:22 AM

    Says the guy who held out of camp for more money only to get to the extra money, and lay a big fat goose egg in the sack department…. Who would you rather follow; the deranged mental player with on-the-field results, or the rah rah player, who plays all sixteen games and provides nothing for you on the field…. hmm.. I say you both should be gone.

  22. chrisdmv says: Jan 12, 2016 9:23 AM

    Lawrence, Hardy, Bosa, Gregory = Monster front that will cause trouble for any Oline

  23. ninozlatino says: Jan 12, 2016 9:26 AM

    i would think with a full off season, workouts, and all that, you could build some of that cohesion. As far as the discipline thats on the coach not the player. His incentives were based on games played. Benching his ass would have sent a strong message. But they did nothing. So he got worse.

    I say they resign him. The only thing that keeps a miserable Eagles fan happy is miserable Dallas fans:)

  24. jerruhjones says: Jan 12, 2016 9:28 AM

    Marvin Lewis…take note.

  25. chawkup says: Jan 12, 2016 9:28 AM

    Mincey chose his words very carefully. It’s safe to infer that, what he really wanted to say was, “Hardy is a complete turd and was a cancer in the locker room.” Jerry Jones just doesn’t get it. Probably never will. Must suck to be a Cowboys fan.

  26. jgedgar70 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:32 AM

    We joked around it when he was here in Carolina, but I really think Hardy isn’t all there. Screw loose. Playing with half a deck. Driving with no headlights. Whatever psychoanalytical jargon you want to use. He needs major medical attention between the ears.

    And he needs it long before he ever steps back on a football field.

  27. ninerfan81 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:32 AM

    He’ll be in Cincinnati this year…listen, I’m not a Cowboys fan, nor am I a Knicks fan, Lakers fan, etc…but these are the types of franchises that make sports fun when they are great and I’d like to see the drama of a great Cowboys team over this…until Jerry Jones steps aside they will never be great again…that’s a fact…because he allows scum like this into his locker room.

  28. truths4all says: Jan 12, 2016 9:37 AM

    This is all great music to anyone and everyone’s ears who are not a fan of JJ’s Cowboys.

    JJ’s chronic mismanagement of the Cowboys has always produced very dysfunctional teams. Yaaaa!!!!

    BTW, the Redskins, Giants, and Eagles are very appreciative of how JJ has ruined the Cowboys to where they are the perennial loser in the division.

  29. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 12, 2016 9:43 AM

    truths4all says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:37 AM

    BTW, the Redskins, Giants, and Eagles are very appreciative of how JJ has ruined the Cowboys to where they are the perennial loser in the division.

    Now, to be fair, they are perennially mediocre. Don’t they have close to a perfect .500 record over the last 18 seasons? And one playoff win to show for it?

  30. imsomeguy says: Jan 12, 2016 9:50 AM

    truths4all: “…to where they are the perennial loser in the division.”

    Just an FYI… the Cowboys won the division last year.

  31. openyoureyes12 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:54 AM

    ninerfan81 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:32 AM

    He’ll be in Cincinnati this year…listen, I’m not a Cowboys fan, nor am I a Knicks fan, Lakers fan, etc…but these are the types of franchises that make sports fun when they are great and I’d like to see the drama of a great Cowboys team over this…until Jerry Jones steps aside they will never be great again…that’s a fact…because he allows scum like this into his locker room.

    —-

    I’ve heard this sentiment a time or two from non-Cowboys fans. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve heard that when the Cowboys are good, the season is interesting, even if you hate them.
    I know there are many people who won’t support that theory for many reasons, but I just feel the need to point out that this sentiment has been said before by many people.

    It’s odd.

  32. dabceb2014 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:55 AM

    Why would someone present Mincey’s thoughts if he’s a free-agent himself?

    Mincey’s not even guaranteed he’ll be back, so why is his opinion important?

  33. wtfru2 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:27 AM

    Sure wish that I had 8.8 million to piss away on an a$$ like him! I not only wouldn’t bring him back but I would not have had him in the first place!

  34. billco6192012 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:27 AM

    why did he play this year

  35. dtroxallday says: Jan 12, 2016 10:27 AM

    He’s just a guy that someone asked the question to. Are you guys that are questioning Mincey sticking up for Hardy?

  36. bmack1224 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:28 AM

    I don’t know why Mincey needed to speak on this when he couldn’t Record at-least 1 sack All year lol.

  37. xballhawkx says: Jan 12, 2016 10:41 AM

    Says the player trying to hold on to his own job at the same position. Hardy had a hard year after being off for so long. He didn’t have the impact that everyone though he would. Mincey had an even worse year. Mincey will be less likely to comeback next season than Hardy.

  38. edelmanfanclub says: Jan 12, 2016 10:41 AM

    Mincey tried his best not to bash him. Jerrah doesnt care much about players opinions so I assume Hardy will get a nice extension

  39. joetoronto says: Jan 12, 2016 10:58 AM

    But the snake oil salesman….er….Jerry Jones said he’s a team leader.

    How can this be?

  40. axesbluestar says: Jan 12, 2016 11:05 AM

    Hardy is the scapegoat for another failed season this year. Probably a jerk to his teammates and def one to people outside the league. But Dallas’ record is a reflection on J Jones not on 1 player.
    =====
    No, Dallas’ record is a reflection of having to start 4 different QBs, missing your #1 WR for half the season, and missing your #1 CB for the entire season.

  41. shomershabbos says: Jan 12, 2016 11:07 AM

    Dallas MUST re-sign Hardy. He is the perfect Cowboy: talented, zero character, not a champion.

    He’s everything their current ownership values.

    Jerry = The Anti Staubach

  42. tylawspick6 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:10 AM

    Jerry Jones is a moron. As long as he and his dumb son run that team, they’ll never win anything.

    JOnes does not get the cap. Never has, never will.

  43. skinsgal4life says: Jan 12, 2016 11:28 AM

    If it’s hard to keep him, then it must be easy to let him go. Good riddance. He’s exactly what the NFL does not need.

  44. datschu says: Jan 12, 2016 11:29 AM

    This article sums up exactly what it’s been like to be a Cowboys fan since jerrah “took over”. TO, tank Johnson, pacman…. You’d think this guy would learn his lesson… Learn how to build a team… 152-152 since 1997 and our “GM” still has no clue…. The new Al Davis of the NFL….
    It’s so damn embarrassing being a Cowboys fan these days. If our idiot brings in billy football or bob griffin and passes on drafting a qb… I may just have to become just an NFL fan. I’m seriously sick of this

  45. jeydrade says: Jan 12, 2016 11:33 AM

    Basically, Mincey should be the GM of that team from what I read.

  46. axesbluestar says: Jan 12, 2016 11:35 AM

    BTW, the Redskins, Giants, and Eagles are very appreciative of how JJ has ruined the Cowboys to where they are the perennial loser in the division.
    =====
    A perennial loser that went 12-4 last year…? That played for the division title 3 years running?

    Now, to be fair, they are perennially mediocre. Don’t they have close to a perfect .500 record over the last 18 seasons? And one playoff win to show for it?
    =====
    Two playoff wins.

  47. g34uxd4ddy says: Jan 12, 2016 11:54 AM

    The Bengals are standing by………

  48. wedemboyz88 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:55 AM

    They probably asked Mincey about Hardy because he tried to help Hardy out with how he handles himself. He tried to mentor him during the season about how others see him and how to be a better person and teammate.

  49. decon49 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:56 AM

    Going to the seahawks next season. He seems like a cheat carroll type of guy

  50. seahawkhuskyfan says: Jan 12, 2016 11:59 AM

    Let him go to the Bengals. And when the Bengals play there can be guards with stun guns on both sidelines. Waiting to shoot whatever idiot Bengal player gets out of hand.

  51. jonwill57 says: Jan 12, 2016 12:13 PM

    If I’m Mincy, being a 32 year old FA, I’d be singing a similar tune as well! I want to hear Shawn Lee’s comments. I want also want to see what Hardy has to say (or have someone say it for him).
    Also want to know what Jerrah thinks now that his coach and his son (are they the same?) apparently don’t want the leader back.

  52. granadafan says: Jan 12, 2016 12:30 PM

    You know, you got this guy, who you want to be a leader, and then you got that guy. It was just too much.”
    =======================================

    Truer words were never spoken. No one wants that guy. He’s usually a turd.

  53. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 12, 2016 2:44 PM

    Hardy, Hainsworth, plus Toilet Paper= FLUSH…
    AHHH Back to Normal.

  54. key2heat says: Jan 12, 2016 3:19 PM

    HELLO. Frank Clark with the seahawks. Beat the crap out of his GF, drafted last year. No 24 hour coverage

  55. thegenghiskahn88 says: Jan 12, 2016 3:32 PM

    Mincey can stay as long as he agrees to play inside. He’s got the size to play the 3 tech but has no business rushing the passer as an end. He was still good against the run though. He was never a great pass rusher to begin with.

    Rather have him than Psycho Greg.

  56. thegenghiskahn88 says: Jan 12, 2016 3:34 PM

    I hope Hardy somehow ends up in Cincy.

    Now thats a trainwreck I’d love to see

  57. cowboyfandc says: Jan 12, 2016 9:26 PM

    If Dallas had a superior DT/NT, I’m sure Hardy’s performance would of blossomed a little more. This team would be insane to not sign Hardy back again next year. This is what the teams been missing for years…a true DE. Sure he has his issues but no way was he the reason for bad team chemistry. Last time I checked Hardy played defense not offense. That’s were Dallas struggled the most. If I were Mincey I wouldn’t talk too much because his solo performance didn’t match 2014. Dallas has a lot of issues and I don’t think having Hardy on the roster makes it worse. Dallas is missing hard nose coaches and GM that needs to step away. Other than needing a true backup QB, DT/NT and a Safety… I think Dallas could make another run in 2016.

    Yeah, Hardy may seem like a##hole but at least he has fight…something a lot these guys lack on this roster.

    Signed,

    A longtime Cowboys fan!

  58. slick3 says: Feb 1, 2016 3:47 PM

    Please, please keep him Jerruh. And please, please keep yourself in the GM position.

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