Dallas Cowboys Were Lazy, Undisciplined During 2008 Season

A Detailed Look At How The Cowboys Imploded During The 2008 NFL Season

1/20/09 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

The Dallas Morning News today took a fascinating, but admittedly not real surprising, look at the Dallas Cowboys and how their 2008 season quickly crumbled to pieces. It's got everything you'd hope for, including player/coach bickering, dudes showing up late, guys horsing around in practice, and Pacman doing drive by shootings. Well, all except for that last one. So let's get right to it.

Basically, this team was a total nightmare.

Multiple sources close to the team paint a picture of turmoil inside the locker room far greater than originally thought, and the organization is determined to solve the problems. Sources say there were many issues this season that call into question team discipline, commitment and accountability.

Shocking, I know. Apparently one of the biggest problems all year was tardiness.

The team charter left late for road games five times this season because players were late to the airport according to three sources. The total represented more than half of the eight regular season away games. Sources declined to name the late players. The Philadelphia trip was delayed by more than an hour.

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.

Under Parcells, players were fined $5,000 for being late to meetings, and as much as $12,000 for missing an injury treatment session.

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
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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.

According to five sources, several offensive players lost respect for Garrett for his failure to corral quarterback Tony Romo in practice. Romo, sources said, often forced throws in practice and often did not treat practice work consistently.

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
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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]
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1/21/09   |   raptrbreth   |   19 respect

taylordanley wrote:
three words: one hundred YEARS

 Really good argument, how many professional baseball titles does any team from Texas have?  

1/21/09   |   Superbleeder   |   94 respect

Articles like these never get old. 

1/21/09   |   freckled_wonder

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Maybe the cowboys are subtly pitching a reality tv show.  Seriously, whining snobs usually get good ratings. Witten, Barber and Ware not included in the whining snob comment.

1/20/09   |   larrystarstruck   |   23 respect

 I wish Jerry Jones would quit being the equivalent of Emperor Nero. Like Nero, he is practically sitting there playing the fiddle while his team implodes. Nero probably thought he knew what was best for Rome, hence history shown otherwise. Sad thing, Jerry Jones seems to need that limelight no matter what happens to the cowboys. 

As a Cowboys fan, I am sick of it. If you hire a coach, then let them do their job. So what if they seem like an ego to you. The dumbest decision made was firing Jimmy Johnson after winning the Superbowl. What a way to make history. Being fired after winning the Superbowl. 

Discipline is a must at this point. I don't care who  you are, if you are late to team meetings or practices, then you should be called out. No one should be bigger than the team but TO seems to be. As for Romo, I don't think all the criticism he is getting is fair. How would any of you react having to listen to his mouth just because you aren't throwing him enough passes.  I would love to put him in a dark room and show him how many he dropped.



1/20/09   |   adrisoto86   |   117 respect

$100 fine are you kidding me??  Most players carry $5,000 to $10,000 just as pocket change!!

1/20/09   |   philadelphia154

the dallas cowboys suck more than the fu......cking detroit lions so screw the cowboys

1/20/09   |   seanrrpsnm   |   11 respect

 outta sight....outta mind.....

1/20/09   |   billywa   |   658 respect

 Said it before elsewhere on here but, seeing his regression this year, I will always wonder how good a quarterback Tony Romo might have been had Bill Parcells still been around to help him develop and stay on his  a$$.  Consider that Phil Simms wasn't exactly a world beater till Parcells came along in New York if you question his ability to develop QBs  That said, as a Cowboy's fan, my only solace in the Cowboy's implosion is Jerry Jones once again demonstrating his idiocy for all the world to see...

1/20/09   |   taylordanley   |   6 respect

raptrbreth wrote:
Because beating a dead horse is so much fun and everyone outside of Texas hates the Cowboys, making the misery all that much more sweet.

three words: one hundred YEARS

1/20/09   |   raptrbreth   |   19 respect

taylordanley wrote:
seriously, it's fu**ing January and the Cowboys are no where to be found. why do people keep bringing them up seriously? lets discuss teams actually in the playoffs..

Because beating a dead horse is so much fun and everyone outside of Texas hates the Cowboys, making the misery all that much more sweet.

1/20/09   |   taylordanley   |   6 respect

seriously, it's fu**ing January and the Cowboys are no where to be found. why do people keep bringing them up seriously? lets discuss teams actually in the playoffs..

1/20/09   |   KDP9

raptrbreth wrote:

Come on, we all know that Jerry Jones and Al Davis should be front runners for Owner of the Year, every year.

You forgot Dan Snyder he loves ensuring the Redskins suck every year too! 

1/20/09   |   raptrbreth   |   19 respect

Come on, we all know that Jerry Jones and Al Davis should be front runners for Owner of the Year, every year.

1/20/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

It's Tony Romo's fault if you ask me!

1/20/09   |     |   1 respect

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There is always next season.... to make it worse

1/20/09   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

fremontguy26 wrote:
they have to many ego's on that team. plus T.O.

Bro..... they got egos from Jerry Jones all the way down to the waterboy.  They're rapidly turning into a mirror image of Al Davis and the Raiders.

1/20/09   |   fremontguy26   |   24 respect

they have to many ego's on that team. plus T.O.