Charles Haley refers to Cowboys as “losers”

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Charles Haley has never been afraid to express himself.

And the Hall of Fame defensive end had some strong words for one of his former teams, referring to the Cowboys as “losers” and generally challenging them to live up to the franchise’s self-created hype.

During an appearance on 103.3 ESPN in Dallas, Haley was asked about the Cowboys’ regression to 9-7 and out of the playoffs last year. After mentioning the absence of Ezekiel Elliott for a chunk of the season, he got to what was clearly bugging him.

“I don’t think they understand what it takes to win a game,” Haley said, via the Dallas Morning News. “If you want to look back, if that was Coach [Jimmy] Johnson, we would’ve worked harder than we did last year just to repeat that part of it. I don’t see that maturity where guys are doing their own thing out there. When the coach says run 10, you run 15, or you grab your teammates and go run. They took 13-3 for granted and they thought, ‘OK, we’ll win the Super Bowl the next year.’

“I blame everybody. It’s one team and everybody’s together. And that’s the key. I go over there and I tell guys, ‘Man, Jerry built this house for a bunch of damn losers.’ And they get mad. They have to do something about it. I can’t do anything about it, I can’t play. All I can do is give you some knowledge.

“And then the egos are so big and they’re so busy getting on Twitter and Facebook and everything else – maybe they should get in that playbook. Maybe they should learn how to rush, catch and block.

“I tell those guys nobody’s scared of them. Ain’t nobody in the league scared of y’all. What y’all been doing is listening to people saying you’ve got the best offensive line in the business. I said who’s scared of y’all? Huh? Those little things like that, those intangibles, the attitude you take to the field [matters]. . . . I go over there and I watch guys work. I watch them go through drills. They go through three or four drills and they’re gassed.”

While there’s a bit of old guy “back in my day” ethos at work here, Haley has the ultimate credibility (Super Bowl rings and a gold jacket). The current crop of Cowboys can’t say the same. And even if they get mad at him, they also can’t say he’s necessarily wrong.

105 responses to “Charles Haley refers to Cowboys as “losers”

  1. In the 22 seasons since they last won a SB, they have had 11 winning records, 9 playoff appearances and haven’t advanced beyond the divisional round. Not quite Jeff Fisher loser bad but in Marvin Lewis territory.

  2. Amen Charles.. Ever since Jimmy left, losing has been acceptable. Since SuperBowl 30, the freaking Jets have been to 3 Conf Championship games, the Cowboys NONE…. Way to go Jerry and Stephen, way to go.

  3. Haley is right, they have no discipline. They have 3 problems, Jerry
    Jason and players. Jerry isn’t going away, Garrett should go away and
    the players need discipline.

  4. I love me some Chuck Haley! He’s right. But he could also say that accurately about probably 25 or more of the 32 teams in the league.

  5. I hope the Eagles take this to heart as well. If they thought this year was tough, next year will be tougher. Everyone will be gunning for them and they will have a tougher schedule.

    There is no reason they shouldn’t win the NFC East again. They are the most complete team in the division but look no further than the Falcons who thought they had their ticket punched to head back to the Superbowl.

    So many games, PHI-ATL, NO-MIN, PHI-NE all hinged on 1 play that made the difference. Very few games in the playoffs were blowouts and every team had a game that could’ve gone the other way.

    Imagine if Jacksonville had played to win, instead of not to lose before half time. First time in playoff history that someone sat on 2 time outs and 55 seconds before half time.

    Nobody should be taking the playoffs for granted (Pittsburgh …).

    Anyway, the Cowboys. They need a new DC, OC, HC, WRs, and a defense that doesn’t fall apart when Sean Lee is injured which is often. It’s going to take more than trying hard, it’s going to take some good coaching and drafting. I don’t believe the Cowboys coaches have it in them to be innovative.

  6. I’m a lifelong Cowboys fan and I agree with Haley; they’re losers until they win the Super Bowl again.

    “If you ain’t first you’re last”- Reeese Bobby

  7. Coming from one of the worst human beings to play the game. I don’t care of Haley is bi-polar, he is a true piece of crap.

  8. He’s not wrong. You know he’s speaking directly about Dez Bryant among others. Their quarterback is overrated too – they should look at signing Teddy Bridgewater and have it be an open competition.

  9. One thing is for certain, they are NOT Americas team and they haven’t been for a LOOOONG time. They are joke of a franchise ran by a clown of an owner. 2 playoff wins in 22 years! You have to try real hard to suck that bad. They DON’T have the best O-line in football, their QB is average at best and their defense sucks. Enjoy mediocrity Cowboys fans, because as long as Jerry Jones owns the team, you will go nowhere!!!!

  10. While we can all agree the world’s a better place when the Cowboys suck, it was great to see all the bandwagon fans come out from their long hibernation last year, only to disappear once again after the Packers put them in their place. Twice in a row!

  11. It’s not “old guy ‘back in my day’ ethos at work here.” Belichick and Brady talk about it all the time. There’s no momentum from season to season – 1/3 of the team are new players, other teams get better, they watch all your game film, different injuries , new target on your back, etc.

    It’s harder to stay on top than actually getting there.

  12. It comes from the top down. Poor leadership and management. Haley’s not wrong. Nobody’s afraid of the Cowboys.

  13. Not many grown men cant handle constructive criticism. The teenage kids I was in the military with came out of boot camp with a hundred times more honor, respect, integrity, self control than the average football player.

  14. I don’t think they understand what it takes to win a game,” Haley said, via the Dallas Morning News. “If you want to look back, if that was Coach [Jimmy] Johnson, we would’ve worked harder than we did last year just to repeat that part of it. I don’t see that maturity where guys are doing their own thing out there. When the coach says run 10, you run 15, you grab your teammates and go run OR you come out of the shower, stand close to your teammates, unzip your pants…….”

    Some of the Charles Haley stories are ridiculous, it makes him seem like a real stand up dude. I guess you have to respect his work ethic/results/skill though.

  15. To be fair, no one has ever really pushed these guys like they used to. They are treated as superstars from High School on.. Now you hand them a few million and expect them to develop the work ethic that no one has ever really expected of them. Very few players have that natural work ethic to be at the top of their game. Someone at some point has to instill that in them or you have to draft it. The reality is that the world is a different place than it was a few decades ago. Believe me, the guys who played in the 50’s think Charles Haley was soft..

  16. Yeah Cowboys are trash but where Charles Haley is wrong is that he doesn’t include Jerry Jones as a loser as well. I hate the Cowboys but it’s totally obvious that Jerrah being so overly involved has hampered the teams success.

  17. I never understood that offensive line hype. They were just allowed to do things (namely HOLD — messes Smith and Frederick) with impunity.

    Raiders offensive line was better than theirs until this year, and Titans have had the best offensive line in the NFL these past two years.

  18. I know this will come off as a hater due to the fact that I’m an eagles fan, but seriously Dez has been done for over a year it’s time to upgrade but Jerry won’t let him go.

    Dak needs a lot of time to throw and that offensive line is not the best offensive line in football. It was a couple years ago but they got old fast. Go back and look to see how much time they gave Dak to throw.

    Zeke isn’t saving the day next year. Teams are going to put 8 if not 9 in the box and make Dak beat them.

    Dak has no wide receivers, Whitten is a dinosaur, and lets be honest if Dak plays like last year, y’all are in big trouble.

  19. The problem with the Cowboys is that they believe their own hype. The would do best to be humble and just focus on winning each game one at a time. I do believe that Dak is a good QB….great? We will see.

  20. He’s definitely got a point. The Dak/Dez/Zeke Real Athletes of Dallas diva show needs to stop. There is no I in team, unless you’re Floyd Mayweather. Then letters don’t matter, because he can’t read.

  21. Jerry Jones is Al Davis II. Just like Al, he is more interested in taking credit for his team’s success than his team being successful. That means he will never hire a coach who he thinks will get the credit if the Cowpies wins the Super Bowl. He wants to win the Super Bowl with a mediocre coach and then say they won because of me, not because of the coach. That was why he drove Jimmy Johnson away. He wanted to prove that he can win the Super Bowl with any coach he hires out there because he had built such a great team. He did prove that he could win without Jimmy Johnson, but he has not built a good enough team since then to even reach the Super Bowl. The last time they won a Super Bowl was more than 20 years ago, and the Philadelphia Eagles proves that you can build a Super Bowl team in just 5 years, after Andy Reid left the Eagles.

  22. Haley is telling the truth but he doesn’t go far enough. The reason their such “losers” is because his owner threw Jimmy Johnson out and wanted to be the dominant personality of the franchise and they’ve been bums ever since.

    Jerry Jones has and is the problem. The environment he’s made is toxic to winning championships. THAT’S what’s wrong with them!!

  23. Remember, Stepen Jones didn’t want to draft Ezekiel; He wanted to take Patric Ramsey. You can get good runningbacks ANYWHERE in the draft. But a shut down cornerback??

    Look where Leveon Bell was when the Steelers drafted him. You can get good runningbacks anywhere.

    Now look at the Cowboys secondary. They could have had Ramsey back there.

  24. I think without question the biggest issue in Dallas is that for some reason Jerruh thinks he can be the owner and GM plus the voice of the team. He also missed an important window. The Eagles are clearly the class of the East and of the NFC now. He should have taken advantage the years before they got Wentz. I still find it funny that there was actually a debate about who is better between Wentz and Dak. Dak wishes he could back up Wentz for God sake. He’s not as good as Foles is and people want to compare him to Wentz? Anyway, as long as Jerruh runs that team like its his own personal fantasy team and he continues to have no dissenting voices including a sorry HC, they will continue to be a classic failure. Yes, the players are bums, but who chose those players for the team? Who brought in so many crappy character guys, and who has inflated the hype for decades now of a perennial “also-ran”? The owner! Trust me as a fan of an opponent I love nothing more than watching that train wreck continue. However, if I were the league, I would be praying that Stephen takes over asap and that he is more prudent and savy than his clown father. Jerruh is a marketing guy, he clearly knows how to market attention and get dollars from his team. The issue is that the Cowboys will always be mediocre from a record perspective with a mediocre GM and an over matched coach. I watched that first game between the Eagles and the Cowboys which is the only one that meant anything because the Eagles sat everyone on the second game. Watching Pederson run coaching laps around Garret was stunning. Garret is just not a good HC and when he runs up against the better ones its sad to watch how confused he is on the sidelines.

  25. Charles Haley won back-to-back Super Bowls in San Francisco, but when the 49ers lost in the conference championship the next year and failed to become the only team to threepeat, he went berserk in the locker room. Totally out of control, he began smashing lockers and breaking things. They had to call in his best friend from Oakland to calm him down.

    It scared Coach Seifert out of his mind. Thinking that Haley was far too disruptive, he decided to trade him to Dallas and let him destroy the Cowboys. It didn’t work out that way, as Haley turned out to be the missing piece of the puzzle Coach Johnson was putting together in Dallas. In fact, there is some question as to whether the Cowboys would have been able to achieve their success in the 90s without Haley.

    Of course, it all fell apart after a few seasons. After back-to-back Super Bowls, Jerry Jones fired Jimmy Johnson out of spite and more than a little jealousy, because he thought he wasn’t getting the credit he imagined he deserved and desperately craved. Replacing him with Barry Switzer was questionable at best, but Dallas did advance to the conference championship that fateful year, only to lose to . . . San Francisco. Jones, thinking the reason the 49ers won that game and the Super Bowl was because they had Deion Sanders at cornerback, lured the player to Dallas with an exorbitant free agent contract. That was the beginning of the end.

    Son Stephen and father Jerry actually almost came to blows arguing over the Sanders contract, because Stephen knew that the recently passed salary cap went into effect that year and that paying too much for one player would have serious repercussions on the team, which it did. Dallas did win its third Super Bowl the next year, with unheralded Larry Brown as MVP, but the result was a predictable as sunset. Sixteen talented veterans, drafted and developed by Landry and Johnson (the core of the team), left in free agency, because Sanders’s salary took up so much cap space the Cowboys couldn’t afford to keep them. In other words, Jones’s mismanagement hollowed out the team. The Triplets–Aikman, Irvin and Smith–and Sanders won just one playoff game the following year, and Dallas has not advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs ever since.

    It’s called magpie syndrome–Jerry likes bright, shiny things that often prove worthless. Desperate for unearned credit and underserved praise, he keeps flitting from player to player, and coach to coach, in search of whatever sparkling name garners the most attention. It’s what governs his cap mismanagement, poor draft picks and failed free agent signings, and indeed the construction of his gaudy monument to himself, Jerry World, which honestly sucks in comparison to Texas Stadium in terms of fan experience.

    What’s missing are the wins. Haley is exactly right in this regard, these Cowboys “don’t understand what it takes to win.” They lack an identity and a mentality that winning requires. And it starts at the top. The one bright, shiny object Magpie Jones will never clutch again is a Super Bowl ring.

  26. This is dead on!! Jones will only have a head coach that will be a puppet. And because of that the team is soft. With Dez and Dak and Zeke they have allowed a culture of players that think they run the place and do not have to put the extra work in.

  27. If Jerry could convince someone like JJ or Cowher to come out of retirement and take a role like Coughlin in Jax and instill a new attitude it would help. But we all know Jerry would not ever give up control. Hence the reason he is more interested in himself then winning football team.

  28. Charles Haley nailed it. He forgot to mention one more thing which has clearly hurt the Cowboys — and that is Jerry Jones’ penchant for bringing in bad guys.
    As long as Jerry Jones is running everything in Dallas, they will never win another Super Bowl. Jones cares more about the spotlight than he does winning championships. If he cared about winning championships, he’d have never let Jimmy Johnson go.

  29. Garrett isnt a championship coach it starts at the top.we know jerry only has him as head coach so he can make his own coaching calls.Hey jerry your a terrible coach too.

  30. So now that the Eagles win a Super Bowl (after 52 years) they’re the experts on how to win Championships…win a couple more and come tell us more…yesh they act like they’ve ruled the NFL for years.

  31. jlgmr777 says:
    February 13, 2018 at 7:00 am
    Haley is not the most articulate individual and he constantly speaks incorrect English, but he’s usually spot on with his analysis!…

    Actually, that would be, speaking correctly, “he speaks English incorrectly.”

  32. It clearly starts with the owners and the structure of the NFL. They have very little incentive to strive to do better because no matter how badly the team does, they still make millions and can do no wrong. Jones doesn’t care because he’s basically printing money. Perhaps if revenue was tied to performance, then perhaps crappy owners like Jones, Irsay, Mike Brown, Haslam, Dud York, and Dan Snyder would change things.

  33. Not that he would, but I’d love to see Belichick take over the Cowboys. It would never happen as long as JJ is alive due to control issues….but he could take that place and make it right.

  34. This isn’t hard! Give a good coach some talent to work with and you’re chances of success are good. A team with a meddlesome owner and below average coach will not succeed.

    The only high quality years since Jerry bought the team are those when Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells were coaching. Switzer doesn’t count whereas he benefited from Jimmy’s work. Jerry would probably have half a dozen SB Trophies if he had just let Jimmy run the team.

    Haley is right! Losers…

  35. OCowboy fans ought to hope Stephen puts a banana peel on the stairs, he seems to be the more rational one in the Cowboys hierarchy. They are about to become like the RaiDUHS…led by a megalomaniac who will push them into irrelevance.

  36. can someone explain why these losers are still called “America’s team”? shouldnt that go to the pats or the Steelers?

  37. He’s not wrong. With the exception of a few players, everyone on the Cowboys is playing for themselves and/or free agency. Premium has been put on offensive stars, and $29 pizzas at that stadium.

  38. Wow. Haley must be hurting for promotion. He is criticizing a team who gave him a second chance (as he was considered a locker room cancer, and had his share of Bipolar issues that scared a lot of teams away). Let’s not forget Mr Haley’s coaching credentials, as the Lions went 2-14 and 3-13 the 2 years he was the asst defensive coach for Detroit.

    It just goes to show you how the press spins their stories, and how the “America’s Team” label gets attached to the Cowboys, even though it was the press that gave them the nomenclature in the first place.

    How many of the 31 other teams have 5 (or more) Super bowl wins in their legacy? The Patriots, Steelers, and yes, the Niners. Funny, as the Niners aren’t mentioned in this article as also being losers, yet the Cowboys have a more recent Super Bowl win. The Niners aren’t under the same scrutiny or endure the same level of criticism from Haley or the press. Interesting…..

    Why all the pressure on the Cowboys to win year in and year, but not any other team? 31 teams fail to win the SB every year, and the Cowboys are held to a different standard by the press. It is what it is – nonsense.

  39. chaseutley says:
    February 13, 2018 at 8:52 am

    He’s not wrong. Since 1997, the Cowboys’ 2 playoff wins are only more than the Chiefs, Lions, Bills, Browns, and Bengals.
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    Ironically, it too a horrendous non-call on an obvious pass interference vs Detroit that even allowed the cowboys to win that game.

  40. jsrdc says:
    February 13, 2018 at 2:44 pm
    Wow. Haley must be hurting for promotion. He is criticizing a team who gave him a second chance (as he was considered a locker room cancer, and had his share of Bipolar issues that scared a lot of teams away). Let’s not forget Mr Haley’s coaching credentials, as the Lions went 2-14 and 3-13 the 2 years he was the asst defensive coach for Detroit.

    It just goes to show you how the press spins their stories, and how the “America’s Team” label gets attached to the Cowboys, even though it was the press that gave them the nomenclature in the first place.

    How many of the 31 other teams have 5 (or more) Super bowl wins in their legacy? The Patriots, Steelers, and yes, the Niners. Funny, as the Niners aren’t mentioned in this article as also being losers, yet the Cowboys have a more recent Super Bowl win. The Niners aren’t under the same scrutiny or endure the same level of criticism from Haley or the press. Interesting…..

    Why all the pressure on the Cowboys to win year in and year, but not any other team? 31 teams fail to win the SB every year, and the Cowboys are held to a different standard by the press. It is what it is – nonsense.

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    It’s been a long time since the Cowboys won anything of substance…. And yet it seems someone from their organization is always popping off….mainly their owner…

  41. Their decline last year was REALLY easy to see coming. Dak had a crazy-good rookie year with an unbelievably small number of interceptions. No way that was going to be replicated yet everybody around the team plus all the media were talking like he was going to be even better this season. Elliott missing a bunch of time just compounded things.

  42. jsrdc says:
    It just goes to show you how the press spins their stories, and how the “America’s Team” label gets attached to the Cowboys, even though it was the press that gave them the nomenclature in the first place.
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    “The press” didn’t label the Cowboys “America’s Team.” NFL Films did.
    That moniker is still attached to the Cowboys because THEY trot it out whenever THEY feel it suits their PR purposes to do so.
    In light of the Cowboys’ many failures and PR disasters over the past two decades, the rest of us merely use it sarcastically to point out what a hypocritical mess that organization has become.
    It’s amusing that you blame the “press.” Your comment itself is nothing but a load of spin. If you want someone to blame for the extra scrutiny placed on your favorite team, look no further than your loud-mouthed clown of an owner.

  43. @NHPats,

    It’s been a long time since the Cowboys won anything of substance…. And yet it seems someone from their organization is always popping off….mainly their owner…

    Legacies go back the entire way, not just a year or two ago, so length of time is irrelevant when it comes to a legacy.

    The Cowboys have no “deflategate” or filming opponents sidelines in their legacy, and have the same amount of SB wins as the Patriots. And btw, your team is 0-3 versus the NFC East opponents in the Super Bowl. Are the Patriots also “losers”?

  44. Haley’s right in his assessment. However, he’s not calling out the root of the problem:

    Owner Jones
    GM Jones
    Coach Jones (Garret is just a figure head)
    Dr. Jones MD

    Even Jones said once if someone else was the GM he would have fired them.

    That speaks volumes.

  45. The Eagles won the Super Bowl after losing their staring left tackle who was one of the best in the NFL, their starting middle linebacker, Darren Sproles out of their backfield, their best special teamer, and their MVP candidate starting quarterback. If the Cowboys had lost players at those same positions, does anyone think they would have been 9-7 or more like 3-13? The Cowboys whined about losing Elliot for 6 games and blamed that for missing the playoffs. When the Cowboys lost Romo 2 years ago, the team just collapsed and was pathetic. Why can the Eagles overcome but the Cowboys collapse?

  46. finzfan49 says:
    February 13, 2018 at 10:39 am
    If Jerry could convince someone like JJ or Cowher to come out of retirement and take a role like Coughlin in Jax and instill a new attitude it would help. But we all know Jerry would not ever give up control. Hence the reason he is more interested in himself then winning football team.
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    JJ and Cowher seem content in retirement, making commercials and reciting pre-written platitudes on those awful pre- and post-game shows. And based on the Parcells experience, neither would want to work with Stretchface in any event.

    Jerry is such a control freak that no coach or assistant coach with both a working brain and any pride would want to be his titular head coach. Among my corporate jobs before I left that scene, I worked for guys like him–Every good idea was his, every bad one was mine, everything that went well was to his credit (and bonus from corporate), everything that went wrong was the fault of his subordinates.

  47. uncommon1 says:
    February 13, 2018 at 7:45 am
    I read the headline and thought “Man, Haley is an idiot.” Then I read the article and thought “Haley knows what he’s talking about.”
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    Being an idiot and being right are not mutually exclusive. Part of why our country is so messed up is that most of our “leaders”, who went to the “right” schools and know all the “right” (rich, same schools) people, don’t listen to anyone outside their small circle. Hearing nothing but echoes of their upper-class selves, they assume everyone thinks like they do.

  48. dedreu400 says:
    February 13, 2018 at 7:05 am

    the Cowboys clearly are way off the Patriot way
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    Come on man, I’m sure they cheat too.

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