Things are not so bright and cheery in Dallas these days, as the team is expressing some harsh displeasure over the recent release of defensive back Aaron Glenn. The most outspoken statement came from safety Roy Williams, who when asked about the decision to let Glenn go, simply replied “it pissed me off.” It’s never easy to get rid of a veteran who brought experience to a faction of the team, but that is the life and times of the National Football League – if you are not worthy enough of pulling your weight, you’ll find yourself playing elsewhere, and that is exactly what happened to Glenn. Much to the anger of some of the Cowboys, who enter their first game Sunday with new head coach Wade Phillips.
The decision to release Glenn also was a head scratcher since corner Terence Newman is questionable for Sunday’s game vs the Giants with a muscle tear in his right foot. That could have been a spot for Glenn to step in – that is if he would still be a member of the team. “You factor in everything certainly,” Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said after the team’s first practice since Glenn was chopped. “It’s a situation with players certainly and coaches â€” everybody’s going to get cut at some time.” There was no true indication that Glenn would be playing in Jacksonville in 2007 (that is the team that claimed him Monday), as he did start the last three preseason games with Newman out. Now that role goes to fourth-year player Jacques Reeves, who has not started a game since his rookie season.
“You hate to see guys like that go,” Reeves said of Glenn, “but at the same time, you have to understand it’s a business.” Reeves is 100 percent right, but don’t ask Williams to agree with the decision to let Glenn go elsewhere. “We will miss AG,” said Williams. “That’s my dude. I’m going to call him like every other day just to say, ‘I miss you, man, because I love him so much.’ “He was an asset for us with his wisdom and his knowledge of the game and the way he took care of all these young players and myself, too,” Williams said. “We learned a lot from him.”
There appeared to be two things going against Glenn – the coaching change that brought Phillips in (Wade was not the biggest fan of Glenn, who was a big-time favorite of former coach Bill Parcells), and the fact that making $1.7 million, Glenn did not play special teams. “It’s tough, man, but that’s how it goes,” linebacker Bradie James said. “I don’t know what else to say. AG definitely helped me in my development. But you lose those guys. It’s the nature of the business.”