"All of that is in the past,"Crayton said."As a group there ain't no more excuses. No more scapegoats to put the blame on. It's all on us that are here to get the job done. There is nobody here to point the finger at. You understand the business. They made it more (offensive coordinator) Jason Garrettand (quarterback) Tony Romo friendly. Again no more excuses."
If you are looking for controversy then I suppose you can read what you want into what Crayton said _ especially considering he sided with Owens during the season regarding Romo's distribution of the football.
But from point of the view as the interviewer, Crayton had no agenda. He was very matter of fact about the situation. He was not smarmy. He did not come off sarcastic.
Bottom line, he was simply telling the truth.
Owner Jerry Jones has acknowledged that one of the reasons he cut Owens was to make the offense more Romo friendly.
And while Jones didn't mention Garrett, you don't have to be genius to know that Owens' departure has made life easier for the offensive coordinator as well.
By the same taken, the offense is more Crayton friendly. He will get more opportunities to catch the football and make plays with Owens gone.
So to think that he is harboring ill feelings to the point that he would risk alienating the quarterback and the offensive coordinator is off base.
Of course this is another lesson in the media catch 22. "We" often criticize players for not saying anything _ like Romo and tight end Witten who have yet to comment on the Owens situation. Hopefully, Witten will finally talk at an appearance on Wednesday so stay tuned.
But when they do say something "we" don't like or don't agree with then we rip them for it.
Crayton is no rookie when it comes to media. And he has said some things in the past that he probably shouldn't have said.
But there was no agenda here.
He will be out there catching passes with Romo, Witten and the other receivers on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the offseason program getting ready for next year.
Clarence E. Hill Jr.