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 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]