Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher is a good, good dude. This guy came from one of the hardest backgrounds imagineable in tiny Jena, Louisiana. He went to Grambling, and media training was very likely never in his background. He doesn't know how not to be honest. The problem was, before this season, no one much listened because he didn't play much.
But this week Hatcher's mouth created a bit of stir when he told the local ESPN radio affiliate:
"Dude. I gotta be honest with you: That's a good question. That's a good question. I really don't know. It's just another thing we really need ... like the Ravens, we don't have that. We've got the talent. We've got everything we need. I think we get like a Ray Lewis-type. Everybody buys into him. When Ray Lewis speaks, everybody listens to him. A guy like that. We really don't got that. I think we definitely need somebody like that."
Speak the truth, brother. There is no one on his defense with a big voice and a big game. The NFL demands there be the game to back up the voice.
DeMarcus Ware has a big game, but he's quiet. It's not in him. And, quite frankly, when the game gets big what has he done? Jay Ratliff? His personality is too erratic to consistently breathe fire beyond just game day. Anthony Spencer is quiet and nice. Bradie James and Keith Brooking? Too late. And no one in that secondary should be talking.
Perhaps Sean Lee grows into that type of voice and role because he has the makings of having the necessary game to talk.
Hatcher is dead on that the Cowboys need someone with a voice like Ray Lewis. But what they need more than that is a guy with a game like Ray Lewis.
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