Basically, this team was a total nightmare.
Clearly the Cowboys were prepared for that do-or-die game against the Eagles. Now, you may be wondering why players were habitually showing up late. That's because the fine for being late was essentially nothing, thanks to the genius of Wade Phillips and Jerry Jones.
This season, players were fined $100 for being late to meetings or missing a treatment. During training camp, linebacker Anthony Spencer was featured on HBO's Hard Knocks after being fined $100 for missing a treatment session. But sources said Spencer was not alone in missing such treatments.
Owens was a repeat offender in being late for team meetings, sources said. With the Cowboys needing to defeat Philadelphia to reach the playoffs in the season finale, Owens was late for a Dec. 23 meeting, citing traffic problems two days before Christmas. Owens declined comment on his tardiness.
Meetings would sometimes start 10 to 15 minutes later than scheduled, those sources said.
Phillips may not be completely to blame for the smaller fines. A source said Phillips asked Jones to raise the fine total but was rebuffed by the owner.
And it only gets worse from there. Players lost respect for defensive coordinator Brian Stewart and questioned his playcalling. Wade Phillips, who is a defensive coach, got heat from offensive players for spending too much time with the defense. And offensive coordinator Jason Garrett lost some respect too - although not just because TO and the receivers were pissed about their touches. Apparently players were pissed that Garrett let Romo treat practice like it was a joke.
The quarterback's practice habits were so bad, sources said, that they affected the way he played in games and could have factored into the offense's problems.
So even Romo comes out looking bad here. And you know what, judging by what a turnover machine Romo was this season, I believe every word of it.
You'll also be excited to know that Romo was also personally offended when Garrett told him he was playing like ass towards the end of the season. I'm just shocked Romo was offended. I mean, let's be honest Tony, you may be the worst season closing quarterback in the history of the NFL.
You know what the best thing about this whole scenario is? Everyone will be back next year for another turn. Except for Pacman, but whatever, he spent most of last season hurt or suspended anyway.
I think it's completely possible that this team, as talented as it is, could go 6-10 next season. That's how messed up they are. And it's clear nothing is going to change, because Jerry Jones is an idiot. But then what else is new. Enjoy next season Cowboys fans, because everyone else sure will.
Dallas Cowboys often tardy, undisciplined in '08 [Dallas Morning News]