Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher went onto the field from the sideline at one point during practice Sunday, screaming at the team's defensive backups. He strongly encouraged them to do better.
It was only a little over a year ago that Hatcher went on local radio and questioned the team's leadership. He's now answering it by being one.
"I’m just serving my purpose, man," Hatcher said. "Whether or not I’m a leader, if somebody gets out of line, I’m going to put them back in line. I’m not here to try to take over this whole team or whatever. But I’m just doing my job, and that’s a small part of this team. If everybody does their job, we’ll be OK."
With all the talk of leaders and leadership, Hatcher seems to be one of the players who has heeded Jason Garrett's call. Now in his eighth season, Hatcher is stepping up and holding the young players accountable.
"It's with words," Garrett said. "It's with actions. You have to try to influence the other guys. The guys with the most influence on this team are the most experienced guys, the best players. It's their job to step up, my job, the coaches job, the leaders job to step up, and whatever role you find yourself in, you can be a leader. You can influence people in the proper direction."
-- Charean Williams