Much has been made of Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher's inspirational speech to the team last week and how it spurred them to a complete domination of the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett continues to deny reports that Hatcher called out some teammates last week, particularly quarterback Tony Romo. But he doesn't deny the impact of Hatcher's words and his growing role as a leader in the locker room.
"The reports I heard on that from people were completely in accurate," Garrett said. "He is a guy who spoke for a short period of time after practice. That is something you want as a coach. You want to empower your players. He didn't speak for long. he spokes to the whole group. Any sort of idea that he was calling somebody out was completely inaccurate. It was a challenge to everybody there to recognize the opportunity we had to take full advantage of it. I thought he spoke well. He backs it up on practice and he backs it up in games."
Hatcher, who was third-round pick out of Grambling in 2006, has three sacks in three games and is playing the best football of eight-year career. Garrett said Hatcher has always been the right kind of guy but his work ethic and performance give him added credibility.
"He is someone who has the right stuff," Garrett sasid. "He is playing well because of who he is and what he is about. But I think that happens with guys. They get more a chance to play. They get more credibility because they play and they play well. They feel like they can have more of a voice, whether its a voice as an example to other people or whether it's an actual voice of saying something. That happens over the course of a guys career. You want those to take over the team. It's their time."