Two Dallas Cowboys legends went on two separate Dallas-area radio stations on Thursday, and both opined on why "America's Team" has been stuck in such a rut in recent seasons.
Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News has the details in two separate stories, the first of which stemmed from Troy Aikman's appearance on 1310 The Ticket:
The FOX NFL analyst said Garrett is simply handling the situation the way team owner and general manager Jerry Jones is telling him it should be handled.
"That's essentially what happened, or at least that's the way it looks. Jerry comes out and says there are going to be a lot of changes this off-season and everyone's going to be uncomfortable, I didn't hear a comment from Jason Garrett with regards to that. I didn't hear him say that during his post-game press conference or postseason press conference. So yeah, it's got the look and feel as though Jerry's making these decisions and I don't know that that's necessarily good."
"I haven't seen anything up to this point that's been done that makes me believe that this team is going to be better based on the changes that have happened within staff."
"Jerry's not the problem. I think some of the players are the problem but you won't call them out. Tell me, was Jerry the problem on the field in Washington? What was the problem?"
Sanders, an NFL Network analyst, then said he wasn't calling out the "big name" players like Tony Romo and DeMarcus Ware because that would be "too easy." Instead, he focused on "some role players" that "aren't playing their roles."
"You don't have that many Geronimos or Lone Rangers on the Dallas Cowboys," Sanders said. "You got a bunch of Tontos. A bunch of Tontos, not too many Lone Rangers that are really riding the horse and calling the shots and able to put it down on the field when it's time to put it down."
This isn't the first time Sanders has had harsh words for his former team this offseason, but he sort of contradicted himself here when you consider how critical he was of Romo three weeks ago. I don't expect a man like Sanders, who frequently embarrasses himself with his thick-witted attempts at analysis, to display any sort of consistency, simply because I'm not sure he puts a lot of thought into what comes out of his mouth.
Regardless, it's not a good sign that, with Michael Irvin, each of the three faces of the last great era in Cowboys history have recently taken shots at the franchise.
On to what else is being talked about in the NFC East...
From ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins: Jerry Jones and Jay Ratliff have met to discuss Ratliff's DWI.
From Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Jason Garrett suggested that takeaways (or lack thereof) are a big reason why Rob Ryan has been replaced as defensive coordinator.
From Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News: John Mara doesn't think the Giants need to rebuild.
From Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher could be a top candidate for that No. 4 overall pick.
From Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News: A look at Chip Kelly's unofficial and incomplete coaching staff.
From The Washingtonian's Luke Mullins: Former Redskin Fred Smoot has been arrested for DUI.