Dallas Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett a Wimp for Banning Rookie Hazing in Camp

Adam Spencer@AdamSpencer4Correspondent IAugust 15, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 11:  Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on August 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has banned all rookie hazing during the 2011 season.

Pro Football Talk explains it's because Garrett wants all his players feeling equal:

"Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is telling his veteran players to treat rookies as equals.

Garrett has joined Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio in banning rookie hazing from training camp.

'It’s just something I believe in and we believe in as a staff,' Garrett said, via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. 'The young guys are part of our football team. They certainly need to get themselves acclimated in a lot of different ways, and our veteran players are in charge of welcoming them to the NFL in a real positive way. . . . There’s not going to be anything that’s demeaning in any way that a rookie has to do. We just don’t believe in that.'”

Banning hazing isn't going to help the team grow. If anything, it's going to hurt team chemistry.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, rookie hazing is a way for the older players to bond with the younger players.

It gets them talking together and laughing together and having fun together. Then, the guys are more comfortable with one another when they step on the field.

Granted, the Cowboys did have a bad experience with rookie hazing last season when Dez Bryant refused to carry Roy Williams' shoulder pads after a practice.

But that's a very rare occurrence when it comes to hazing.

Generally, the rookies understand that there are things they have to do in order to win the acceptance of their peers.

As long as it doesn't involve anything illegal or extreme, I'm all for rookie hazing.

Yes, there will be an occasional Dez Bryant-like incident, but that's the exception to the norm. Most of the time, no feelings or people are hurt by the hazing.

There's no harm in making players sing karaoke in front of the rest of the team or having them carry around an embarrassing bookbag or having them carry a veteran's shoulder pads.

Most of the time, the hazing is done in good spirit and really helps build team chemistry.

Now, how are 2011 draft picks Tyron Smith, Bruce Carter, DeMarco Murray and others going to feel accepted by guys like Keith Brooking, DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin?

Hazing opened up a dialogue between the players that sometimes formed long-lasting friendships and camaraderie. Now, the Cowboys don't have that. 

That's why banning rookie hazing is a bad move for Garrett and the Cowboys.