Cowboys thought they had Randy Gregory properly insulated

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Every team in the NFL had their eyes on Nebraska’s Randy Gregory last year, when he failed a marijuana test at the Scouting Cobimne.

So it wasn’t a complete surprise when he continued to fail tests, which led to his recent four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he hadn’t talked to Gregory since the suspension, but the onus was going to be on the defensive end to fix things when he’s eligible to return.

We felt like we put a really good structure in place for him to help him overcome it,” Garrett said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Unfortunately, over the course of the season, he slipped up. He made a mistake.

“There are no excuses. We’re all disappointed with what that is, but now we have to move forward. He has to move forward, he has to put it behind him.”

Gregory can still participate in the offseason program and the preseason, but won’t be available for the first four weeks of the regular season. And while he’s an easy cautionary tale, Garrett said the team won’t shy away from taking chance on risky players with high athletic upside.

“We always evaluate everything we do,” Garrett said. “You always want to make those learning experiences for you, and you want to do it better. We have to do it better, and we’ll continue to do that.

“We value high character players on our team. We have a team made up of them.”

While he might not get widespread agreement on that point, it’s also a reflection of the reality of owner Jerry Jones, who has always been willing to make a splash, even if involved something splashing onto their shoes that takes time to wipe off.

42 responses to “Cowboys thought they had Randy Gregory properly insulated

  1. Gregory, Randle, Hardy, McClain, Dez, T.O., Pacman, Josh Brent, La’el Collins, …etc. etc……….all we ever hear about is how great of a “structure or program” the Cowboys have in place to help “troubled” players. It doesn’t seem to be a very effective program Jerrah !!!

  2. How do you properly insulate a player from your own organization.

    They never will but when you have this many problems with this number of players year after year after year it’s not outside influences that are causing the problem Jerrah

  3. The league needs to turn the other cheek when it comes to weed. I’m not condoning it but there are bigger fish to fry.

  4. La el collins..what did he ever do wrong?..nothing..dont put his name in the same sentence as gregory..what has dez ever been conbicted or even charged with?..do some of you even watch sports or just blog negatives

  5. Randy Gregory didnt make a mistake, he didnt “slip up”.. He deliberately and intentionally used drugs on multiple occasions. I wont be surprised when he’s suspended again next season.

  6. the only thing dumber than testing positive at the combine is picking a player that did and expecting him not to repeat it.

    to get disinvited for four games, he kept repeating it.

  7. Just for all you guys that say pot is harmless. Seems to me it harmed this idiots paychecks to the tune of several million dollars over the next ten years. Is it possible that it made him so stupid that he figured, being tested 10 times per month in the league’s drug protocol, that he could smoke it and pass the piss tests? Back in the day, we used to call them “fry brains” and he fits the bill exactly.

  8. That’s where having a bad apple like a RoLando McClain around to set an example did the team and Gregory no favors in his rehabilitation. It goes to show that teams can have one problem child in the organization and be just fine, especially if you have a strong head coach and real locker room leaders there to do the M&M thing (mentor and monitoring), which again, Dallas is very much lacking (see: DWare). I don’t imagine this issue will ever get better with certain members of the coaching staff still in place (the red robot being the No. 1 problem, which, some reason, he neglected to mention for in the quote above).

    And this is coming from a Cowboys fan, BTW.

  9. No matter how good a support structure you build around someone is you cannot stop them from making their own choices. Even if you have round the clock sponsors available, psychologists and counselors meeting with them weekly, and are ensuring that they don’t spend time with shady characters from their past, if you want to find marijuana it isn’t exactly a challenge to do so.

    The Dallas Cowboys rolled the dice on someone that was a first round talent who slipped down in the draft. He has the talent and athleticism to be an impact player, and marijuana use isn’t the same thing as cocaine or heroin use. They thought they would be able to keep him on the straight and narrow, but he decided that smoking was more important. It is a dumb choice but he is a grown man.

  10. Knowing that sports franchises take on the character of their owners, the hubris of the Cowboys organization is as predictable as it is astounding.

  11. “We felt like we put a really good structure in place for him to help him overcome it,” Garrett said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Unfortunately, over the course of the season, he slipped up. He made a mistake.

    A mistake???? What a joke. These were multiple conscious decisions to smoke. Despite everyone’s positive view of weed, it is still against the law (except for only two states) and league rules.

  12. Weren’t there rumors about his mental state before and during the draft? Like there was more to it than just the guy liking to smoke weed. I swear when you see him interviewed (which the Cowboys seem to try to keep from happening) he looks like he’s at an emotional precipice… Like he could just snap out, or break down crying. Just seems off.

    As far as the team insulating him, he’s a grown man, even though we like to call them “kids” because we’re older. But if I failed drug tests at work when I was 21, 18, or even 16 I would have been fired, or offerred one shot at treatment classes before being fired. These guys don’t deserve special treatment because they get paid millions of dollars while messing up.

  13. Oh as for my above comment, I don’t have an issue with people using marijuana. But when your job depends on you NOT using marijuana to keep making insane amounts of money, it’s time to put it on hold.

  14. Please, everyone behaves better after they leave Dallas.

    Here’s the franchise structure:

    Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett, Tony Romo, and Jason Witten sitting in the suites. Everybody else, do what you need to do to benefit yourself.

  15. willycents says:
    Feb 26, 2016 10:12 AM

    Just for all you guys that say pot is harmless. Seems to me it harmed this idiots paychecks to the tune of several million dollars over the next ten years. Is it possible that it made him so stupid that he figured, being tested 10 times per month in the league’s drug protocol, that he could smoke it and pass the piss tests? Back in the day, we used to call them “fry brains” and he fits the bill exactly.
    ———————————–
    Says the alcoholic…

  16. “Garrett said the team won’t shy away from taking chance on risky players with high athletic upside.”

    Exactly why the NFL will continue to employ turds. Great leadership by example from Jerry Jones.

  17. the team won’t shy away from taking chance on risky players with high athletic upside.

    Translation: We don’t care if the guy is a total scumbag as long as he can play ball.

    We value high character players on our team. We have a team made up of them.

    Translation: We don’t really value high character players. We only value people who can playball regardless how little character they have.

    The reason there are so many stories about the Cowboys is because they are now America’s Dysfunction team. They should have their own reality show.

  18. Unfortunately, over the course of the season, he slipped up. He made a mistake.

    Slipped up? Slipped up is when you do something unintentionally like playing the wrong note on a piano. That tells you all you need to know about the Cowboys “insunlating” Gregory and why he failed. More than likely he “slipped up” more than once to get a four game suspension. What did they say to him when he “slipped up”, I mean, failed another drug test? Did they tell him it’s OK?

    This guy made a conscious decision to do something he knew he shouldn’t do and did it anyway and Garrett brushes it off as a mistake. How can they expect someone to not do something when they make excuses for his stupidity. Sounds to me like they are enabling this behavior which tells you why he has now been suspended four games. What an organization.

  19. crindal3000 says:

    The league needs to turn the other cheek when it comes to weed.
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    How do you know it was weed? The league never says. The players always claim that’s what it is when they get busted because they know people like you will be sympathetic. Do you believe players never get busted for snorting coke, injecting heroin or smoking crack? Of course they do, but they never admit that.

  20. These are my Cowboys. Cut 2 players because of a dress code violation yet keep boneheads and future nut jobs on the team like Gregory.

  21. His Cowboys cred just clicked up a notch. Jerry and the gang are proud. He has the potential to be a legendary ‘boy, so we will see. Exciting times for this storied franchise!

  22. well, the Cowboys do have some characters on and off the field. And they are often high. So maybe that’s what Garrett meant by “high character”.

  23. Hanging with the Homeys is more important than 4 game checks apparently (one quarter of his yearly salary). What a moron! What wild tale did someone tell him about being able to get past the tests? Just another failed intelligence test. He failed one at the combine too. Wait till the next one costs him a year in the NFL.

  24. while the attitude of the ownership is reflected in the players, the bigger picture is the league not cracking down on the repeated illegalities of this team says they approve of it, as well;

    just like they do of the blatant and repeated cheating of the Patriots and the nauseating favourtism of the Packers and Steelers and Ravens;

    between that and the league’s stubborn refusal to provide proper medical care for their current and ex-players, the NFL will slay its own self in the not too distant future;

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