As far as DeMarcus Ware is concerned, the Dallas Cowboys don’t have a leadership void.
From the outside looking in, not everyone shares Ware’s perspective after a season in which the Cowboys finished 6-10, missed the playoffs and head coach Wade Phillips was fired.
“There’s a difference between being a pro — and Ware is a great pro — and being a leader. He’s not a great leader,” said NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger. “When you watch Ware, Jay Ratliff, Jason Witten, you watch these guys practice great practice habits. They take care of their yard. But when it comes to crunch time, are they the guys who grab guys by the throat and say, ‘This is what we need to do to win the game.’ I know Keith Brooking is a great pro. There are questions about Tony Romo in the huddle. Because when Jon Kitna was in there, players on the offense said he was a better leader than Romo. That’s coming from the Cowboys themselves.”
“When it’s in-house, you know you have problems with leadership,” added Warren Sapp.
Baldinger, a former Cowboy, says the roster is full of talented players but the lack of leadership from the team’s best players is evident when the games matter most.
“There’s not a scout or a player in this league that doesn’t recognize the level of talent Dallas has,” Baldinger added. “But they have the one (recent) playoff win. There’s a reason why they get to the postseason and the games get tight, that they haven’t pulled together to win those games.
“When it comes time to come together as a team, I think there are real question marks.”