Hatcher wishes Ray Lewis was a Cowboy

February, 17, 2012
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Sometimes, pro athletes say things that make you shake your head. Heck, who am I kidding? This happens every day. Today, though, we're looking at you, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher.

Hatcher gave a radio interview on ESPN Dallas 103.3 in which he was asked, among other things, who the leaders on his team are:
"Dude. I gotta be honest with you: That's a good question. That's a good question. I really don't know. It's just another thing we really need ... like the Ravens, we don't have that. We've got the talent. We've got everything we need. I think we get like a Ray Lewis-type. Everybody buys into him. When Ray Lewis speaks, everybody listens to him. A guy like that. We really don't got that. I think we definitely need somebody like that."

Dude. I gotta be honest with you: If the position's open and you believe it needs to be filled, why not just fill it? I mean, if Hatcher feels comfortable enough with his role in the Cowboys' locker room to go on the radio and say the team has no leaders, why doesn't he feel comfortable enough to, you know, be a leader? Make a speech. Fire people up. Say whatever it is you think needs to be said but for some reason can only be said by Lewis. There are plenty of other NFL teams that don't have Lewis and they still manage to win games.

This seems to happen with the Cowboys every offseason now. Somebody comes forward and says the locker room has no leaders. I think it's a pile of baloney. Nobody was questioning locker-room leadership when they were 7-4. They lose four out of their last five and now there's some systemic leadership problem? If they'd won the regular-season finale and, hence, the division, would that have meant they had good leadership?

If these guys spent less time looking around the room for leaders and more time actually trying to be leaders, this wouldn't be an issue. You don't have to be Lewis to stand up and say something you feel needs to be said in a time of crisis. All you need is the guts to say it. Doesn't take any to say it in a radio interview.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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