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

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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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. .
    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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  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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:)

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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?

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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.
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    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.

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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?
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    Two playoff wins.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

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