Following a year in which the Dallas Cowboys went 12-4, won the NFC East, and lost a narrow Divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, America’s team was tabbed as a Super Bowl contender in 2015. But so far, amid injuries, losses and controversy, the only thing people are discussing is Greg Hardy and the circus surrounding this team. That said, let’s cover Hardy’s problems and if Dallas still has any hope for the postseason.
Greg Hardy gets heated with Dez Bryant, Special Teams
Dallas already received plenty of flack for their decision to sign Hardy to a one-year, $11.3 million contract that’s based on incentives. To owner Jerry Jones, the risk was worth the reward given the 6’5″ defensive end’s incredible pass-rushing ability. And purely in terms of production, it seems that Hardy has come through with 3 sacks and 8 tackles. However, it’s what’s happening on the sidelines that has everybody talking.
First off, Hardy got into a verbal altercation with special teams coach Rich Bisaccia after his unit gave up a 100-yard kickoff return to the New York Giants. As can be seen in this Vine, Hardy screams at Bisaccia, tries to knock a clipboard out of his hands, then throws a little shove at the coach.
This is where injured receiver Dez Bryant comes into the picture, getting in Hardy’s face and yelling at him. It was originally thought that the entire beef was between the D-lineman and Byrant. However, this was just an aftereffect of what happened between Hardy and the special teams coach.
Hardy also missed a Dallas Practice
As if the sideline blowup wasn’t enough, it’s also surfaced that Greg Hardy missed a team practice last week. When he didn’t show up to the team facility on Thursday, Cowboys coaches called him repeatedly. Eventually, Dallas chose to cover for Hardy by listing him with an “illness.”
Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that the team has done nothing to discipline him. Instead, they continue to make excuses for their talented pass rusher, who, in just two short weeks, has already caused lots of controversy.
Will Hardy Ultimately help or hurt Dallas?
The Cowboys are a 2-4 football team that won’t have quarterback Tony Romo back until Week 11. Can they stay in contention long enough until Romo gets back? Furthermore, will putting up with Hardy be worth it if Dallas can’t stay in the hunt for the NFC East?
There are few, if any, defensive ends who are as talented as Hardy. And when he’s on the field, he is definitely a great asset to this team. But the dilemma is that Hardy could also harm the culture of a team that might still compete in the East. If the problems continue, then Dallas needs to seriously think about disciplining Hardy or risk the team falling apart.