Much like other players across the NFL, Terrell Owens, Terry Glenn, DeMarcus Ware, Roy Williams and Julius Jones have reportedly missed some or all of the “Organized Training Activities” at Valley Ranch, CA. Tony Romo had time to attend though, after his Miss Universe judging duties were over in Mexico. It will be interesting to see the reaction, if any, from new head coach, Wade Phillips. While he is generally known as a “players’ coach”, it has to be somewhat disturbing to have so many of his key players not present during all-important reps with the first team offense and defense. Other players have faced some type of backlash for missing these OTA’s thus far, even though they arenâ€˜t mandatory.
While it remains to be seen what Coach Phillips will do, it is very disturbing to know that these highly paid professionals would choose not to try to spend every effort to learn and work with the team at this early but critical time. The key word in all of this is “voluntary”, but I sort of remember what that word meant in the army. It was your natural duty to “volunteer” and if you didn’t, there were some “voluntary” consequences. It’s basically just not being respectful to your teammates. They are out there working hard and putting in the effort for the team, and I’m quite sure they have “family reasons” or whatever other excuses were made not to participate. But the bottom line is they are there putting out the effort.
So while it remains to be seen what this will mean for these players individually, the bigger concern is what it will mean for the team. As a fan with huge expectations for this year’s Dallas Cowboys team, I’m certainly hoping it won’t hurt too much.