Dallas Cowboys: Dwayne Goodrich

Cowboys have to let Josh Brent go

June, 27, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- A second failed marijuana test has landed Josh Brent back in jail, six months after a car driven by the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle cost the life of teammate and friend Jerry Brown.

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Galloway and Company discuss Josh Brent's second failed drug test and how the Cowboys should handle the situation.

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Immediately following Wednesday's arrest of Aaron Hernandez came a lot of hand-wringing about New England’s decisive action to release him, and the Cowboys’ decision to hold on to Brent and let the legal process play out.

Two lives have been lost, but that’s where the similarities end. According to the assistant district attorney, Hernandez allegedly orchestrated the execution of Odin Lloyd. The result of Brent’s actions came about because of stupidity, negligence and hubris.

After releasing Hernandez, the Patriots issued a statement expressing sympathy to the Lloyd family, ending it with: “At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”

And that’s how the Cowboys should feel now regarding Brent.

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They tried to do the right thing. They supported him at the request of Brown’s mother. Brent went to the facility to receive treatment for his injuries, and when the offseason began, he was allowed to work out.

The Cowboys kept Brent as close to the team as possible, even though he never took the field in an offseason practice. They have waited for the legal system to do its job. They have waited for the NFL to penalize Brent under its personal conduct policy.

And now Brent has repaid the team’s patience by failing a second drug test. How can the Cowboys ever trust him again?

On the field, Brent has shown he can be a productive player. A great player? No. Solid? Sure. And that’s part of the reason why they kept him around, while in 2003, they cut Dwayne Goodrich about five weeks after his car accident, in which two men were killed.

They knew Goodrich could not play, so it was almost easier to get rid of him, especially with Bill Parcells on board as coach.

Brent one day may play again in the NFL, but he should never wear a Cowboys uniform again.

A large sign outside the Valley Ranch locker room reads: It is a privilege -- not a right -- to play and coach for the Dallas Cowboys.

Some of you may believe Brent lost that privilege the night Brown died, but there can be no doubt that he has lost that privilege now.

It’s time for the Cowboys to part ways with Brent.

It’s simply the right thing to do.

Scout's Eye: Oxnard Day 9

August, 25, 2010
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My thoughts from Tuesday’s practice:

*The scout in me wants cornerback Bryan McCann to make this team.
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McCann has come in and done everything that Dave Campo and Brett Maxie have asked him to do. He has played with quickness, smarts and competitiveness. McCann has shined against the club’s top receivers on a daily basis and has done well in the Cowboys three preseason games.

McCann is one of my bubble players and has been for the last couple of weeks. The problem McCann faces is that he is in a secondary where fellow rookies Barry Church and Danny McCray have also proved that they belong on this final 53 as well.

McCann is a talented player, but he also plays a position where the Cowboys have three outstanding corners in Newman, Jenkins and Scandrick. Cletis Gordon, who makes an interception a day, has locked down the fourth corner spot. Alan Ball and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah are safeties that can also play outside as well.

In this secondary, the numbers don’t favor McCann.

If he is released and he clears waivers, he will find a spot on the practice squad with Jamar Wall. On the practice squad, both McCann and Wall will benefit from working on a daily basis against receivers like Austin, Bryant and Crayton, so that will be a positive experience.

As much as I want this team to carry five corners and five safeties, I now believe that it’s going the route of four corners and six safeties with the position flexibility coming from Ball and Owusu-Ansah.

Maybe there are other Bryan McCann’s out there that you can find next year if he doesn’t make it to the practice squad. There were several years where the evaluation of defensive backs on this squad was poor, but it now appears that the Cowboys scouting staff is going the right way.

The days of drafting corners like Kareem Larrimore, Derek Ross and Dwayne Goodrich appear over and for this team that is a good thing.

*Tuesday was the first day that the Cowboys had practiced in pads since last Wednesday. After two straight practices of hats and jerseys, it was nice to see them working in helmets and shoulder pads.

I always feel like this team gets more out of this dress than when they go without the pads. The half speed correction practices are necessary, but this team does a good job of working and protecting each other when they have the pads on.

When this team practices in hats and jerseys, it tends to look sloppy and unfocused. When you see this team practice in pads, your see the development of the scheme and the execution of the plays. To me, corrections are easier to make because you see the play being run how it was meant to be.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Tony Romo on our nightly “Training Camp Report” on 103.3 FM ESPN and ask him if the practices that Wade Phillips and the staff put together difficult enough to get this team ready.

Romo, being the old-school player that he is, said that practicing is never difficult for him and he enjoys it but you also have to take into account that he has teammates that play positions in the offensive and defensive line that endure constant banging and contact. Those big bodies get worn down so you have to be smart.

Romo makes a good point, Phillips does have to try and protect his guys for the long season but the work is better when this team is in its shoulder pads and helmets

*Noticed something new at practice today, with all the knee injuries to the offensive linemen (Colombo and Kosier) in practice, all the linemen were wearing their knee braces in shorts.

Usually when the team has a helmet and shoulder pads practice, the line will take the field without their braces. This practice of going onto the field without their braces appears will no longer be the case.

How important are these knee braces? I remember a game when I was working for the club when offensive tackle Flozell Adams came into the locker room at halftime with what appeared to be a knee injury. The play looked bad from the press box and I feared the worst. As Adams was sitting on the training table and the doctors were working on him, there was no structural damage and Adams was able to gather himself and return for the second half.

I remember trainer Britt Brown showing me the brace that was on Adams’ knee that day and it was bent and twisted. It truly was a miracle that we didn’t lose Adams to a serious knee injury. Without that brace, the scouting staff would be searching for the impossible task of finding a starting left tackle for the remainder of the season.

This training staff is usually ahead of the curve when it comes to injuries. This is just another example of their form of preventive medicine.

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