Terrell Owens Birthday. Jason Witten And Tony Romo Don't Attend.

Don't Let The Cowboys Fool You, They're Still A Mess

12/16/08 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect


I'm going to be straight up honest here. I believe Ed Werder's story that Jason Witten and T.O. had a confrontation in the Dallas Cowboys locker room. I also believe the story that T.O. had a meeting with Jason Garrett where he threw Witten and Romo under the bus by accusing them of leaving him out of plays.

Why do I believe these stories? Well, first off, I watched T.O. in San Francisco, so that's really all I need to know. But two, Werder is no chump. He's followed the Cowboys for a long time and has been reporting on them forever. Plus he's no Chris Mortensen. So while T.O., Romo, and Witten were all so cheery on the sideline following Sunday's big win over the Giants, and T.O. called Werder a flat out liar, if you think the Dallas Cowboys locker room is a great, harmonious place, you're an idiot.

The fact is that what Werder has reported may not be 100% accurate, but it's certainly not 100% false either. And let's be honest, what do you expect guys like Witten, T.O. and Romo to say? "Yes, T.O. and Jason were at each others throats during Friday's practice." Of course not. This story is no different than any embarrasing political story, and it produces the same result from those accused of malfeasance: deny, deny, deny.

There's also this interesting tidbit from the Star-Telegram. T.O. had his joint birthday party/Christmas fundraiser last night in Dallas, and Romo and Witten didn't show.

But you know who did? Wade Phillips and his wife. And listen to what Wade said:

"I think it’s important to show your support," said Phillips, who was joined by his wife, Laurie. "They support you. And it’s a good cause as well."

I know Romo's banged up to the degree that he may not even be able to move, but Witten's sure all right.

To me, this is just another example of how divided this team is. It's not like the image we saw of Owens, Romo, and Witten on the sideline on Sunday night talking to Andrea Kramer. That was fake. And it speaks to the fact that if the Cowboys aren't winning, then just expect more of the same Werder stories.

The truth is, players on teams don't have to like each other to win. The 1970s Oakland A's all hated each other but they won three world championships. The problem is when players can't put that hatred aside when they step on the field.

And, in all honesty, I don't think the Cowboys have been able to do that this year. The Giants game was a do-or-die game for them, which will help screw anyone's head on straight, but we may not get the same response from this team this weekend against the Ravens.

Whenever the Cowboys' season ends - unless it ends with a Super Bowl victory - expect something else to drop. This isn't a happy or even a cohesive unit in Dallas, and not even wins can hide that fact.

TO gets plenty of support for birthday [Star-Telegram]
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12/17/08   |   coolkraft2003   |   6 respect

this is not a team it is a conglomeration of fools put together by an egomaniac for an owner

12/17/08   |   seanrrpsnm   |   11 respect

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 just play football...thats all i say....who cares about all the gossip....the only thing that matters is that we have a game on saturday......whatever happens during the rest of the week, doesnt matter! 

12/17/08   |   RichmondSpider

bawlinisahabit wrote:
every time something happens in Dallas you guys write about it like this it's the end of the world. you should work for ESPN because you're blowing this out of proportion. this started a week ago just drop it. the cowboys weren't supposed to win because this was such a great distraction right? wrong. the defense showed up and proved they ARE the team.

They are the team to choke this season, lose their coach and have more players arrested than any in history - you gotta love "America's Team"

12/16/08   |   bawlinisahabit

every time something happens in Dallas you guys write about it like this it's the end of the world. you should work for ESPN because you're blowing this out of proportion. this started a week ago just drop it. the cowboys weren't supposed to win because this was such a great distraction right? wrong. the defense showed up and proved they ARE the team.

12/16/08   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

I will be shocked if Phillips didn't get the heave ho from Jerry after this season.

12/16/08   |   chicachericola   |   2 respect

Agreed. Werder is not the type to completely fabricate a story. I think some of it was twisted and sensationalized a bit, but you have to remember who he works for and who his editor works for. It may have been out of his hands. I'm not saying it happened, but it wouldn't be the first time ESPN "stretched the truth" *cough*liedtheirassesoff*cough* about  things.

Of course the administration for the Cowboys sat them all down and said get your ass out there and play nice. They can't afford the negative publicity right now. They can only play nice for so long though. Eventually, it's going to explode in their faces. Sweeping problems under only makes things worse.

12/16/08   |   danielle12707

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12/16/08   |   coolkraft2003   |   6 respect

agree...worse than a kindergarten class fighting over cookies

12/16/08   |   simouchi76

In the last game cowboys i saw tony romo was throwing more to witten but i could not see how open TO  was during each throw . if he is doubled covered then he is valuable for the team by openening more oh his team mates to make plays.Drama does exsist wherever you go even within a small family letalone a union of over 50 players with different backgroung..i don`t have a problem with it JUST WIN BABY.

12/16/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

This team is a living example of some of Jackson Pollack's work. Bold, dynamic, expensive, but extremely abstract and tough to gage.