Watching local sports tonight and saw where not only are the Cowboys not going to discipline Greg Hardy for shoving an assistant coach in their loss to the Giants, they are going to offer him a contract extension. The Cowboys then denied Hardy was late to practice on Thursday, by saying he was out sick.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday’s edition of Around The NFL that Hardy did not participate in practice on Thursday morning and failed to reach out to the team, prompting Cowboys officials to make a series of calls to find out why their defensive end was not at the team facility.
Meanwhile, we listened to Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett make excuses for Hardy after Sunday’s game:
Jones called Hardy “one of the real leaders on this team.”
“He earns it with the respect from all of his teammates. That’s the kind of thing that inspires,” Jones said. “You watched him warm up out there, and he was inspirational … nothing but warming up. He was ready to play. He’s just getting guys ready to play, in my view. I don’t have any issue with him being involved in motivating or pushing in any part of the football team because he plays and walks the walk.”
Garrett, in reference to Hardy, stated:
You want the guys who have the passion, the emotion, the enthusiasm for the game.
Oh yeah? How many players this past weekend shoved assistant coaches? Are you kidding me? There are a lot of players around with passion, but they didn’t shove their coaches. Perhaps the time to get in the special teams huddle was before the 100 yard kickoff return. We’re not even mentioning Hardy getting confronted by Dez Bryant. Garrett apparently thought better of his comments and made what appear to be slight condemnation of Hardy’s behavior:
“That was just a situation that oftentimes happens on a sideline where guys are trying to encourage and inspire other guys on their team. He was fired up and wanted to make sure that the special teams unit was going to get the job done. Sometimes those things happen.
“It wasn’t exactly the right time and place as we’re getting ready to go out on the field. We got that conveyed and communicated and we all moved on.”
Really? That’s what all of us thought after Sunday’s game. That’s why we headline with “Because its a clown show, clown.” You are not a coach, you are part of a clown show. The team owner is ridiculous. Um, trying to get the guys fired up? What was that little mix up with your superstar wide receiver? When we see homer articles like this claiming Garrett is in charge, it’s laughable. The only people who think he’s in charge are … nobody.
Today, Jones said that Darren McFadden would be starting this Sunday, apparently before the coach made the statement. This afternoon, Jason Minnix on 1250 said (or words to the effect of) we wish Garrett was in control of the team. It appears Jones is the coach.
Greg Hardy, meanwhile, continues to embarrass the league. While the NFL rolled out more P.R. anti-domestic violence commercials and the Giants honored Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation, here’s Greg Hardy, who was convicted on domestic violence charges but paid off the victim. He’s on the verge of getting an extension from Jerry & Stephen Jones. Congratulations, DallasFan. Aren’t you so proud?