Do the Cowboys have vocal leaders on their team? Defensive end Jason Hatcher reignited the question this off-season when he went on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and said he didn't know who the team's leaders were.
A better question, though, might be: Do they need a vocal leader?
"I don’t think so," tight end Jason Witten said Wednesday. "I don’t want to speak for anybody. We have plenty of leaders. We have been in situations where there have been more player-only meetings. It's more than that.
"The bottom line is we have to play better and win games, and find ways to to do that. You do that by sticking together. You do that by having a strong group of six to eight guys. [Jay] Ratliff and [DeMarcus] Ware and [Miles] Austin, [Tony] Romo, and you had young guys in there who are big=time players."
The Cowboys have missed the playoffs the past two seasons, going 6-10 and 8-8. They have not had a winning record in their division since 2009, which was the last time they won the NFC East.
But Witten argues that it isn't a lack of leadership that's responsible for the team's failures the past two seasons.
"Bottom line is we haven’t played well enough to win those games," Witten said. "We need to do that. And we have that urgency. It feels good to have that mentality where you've got to go prove it. Nobody is expecting anything. Not to make it us against the world or get anybody to feel sorry for us. But I think we believe we have the right type of guys to take that step."
The Cowboys signed seven players in free agency, with six of the newcomers expected to vie for starting jobs. Kyle Orton will backup Tony Romo.
"I believe we have the right guys," Witten said. "We added some players that can help us, not only as big-time starters but guys that fill in. When you do that, and you add that with our elite players, I believe it's going to pay off for us in the end. Now, you've got to put in the work, and train and handle the adversity and the success."
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