Drew Pearson has never been shy about criticizing the Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones, despite being a Ring of Honor member who is proud of his past with the team.
But he likes the direction the Cowboys are headed in now after a free agency season in which they have signed seven players so far, plus one of their own free agents.
“I like it. I like it,” he said at a charity event in Grapevine this week. “I really feel like now they have an identity of what they want to be. The last few years or so, it’s been a grab bag – we need this, so we’re going to pick this player, we need that, so we’re going to take that player. And it wasn’t necessarily the player that fit the identity of what they wanted to be, even if they had an identity.”
Pearson said the Cowboys teams he played on in the ’70s were known for being smart, precise and disciplined. He said Jimmy Johnson’s Cowboys of the ’90s were about speed at every position and execution.
“Bill Parcells tried to establish something, but Jerry undermined him by bringing in the Tank Johnsons and Pacmans and T.O.s,” Pearson said, then smiled as he noted that Terrell Owens is now one of his arena players.
“But I think they know what they want now, and it’s not about going and getting the big name, but to find that player who fits what you want to be,” he said. “And hopefully these guys now have an identity to fit what they want to be.”
-- Carlos Mendez