In game 1 of the NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant snarled with such ferocity that his Laker team mates got in line, and the opponent went cowering away. That image of leadership and tenacity left Tex contemplating one question... who has "the snarl" on this Dallas Cowboys team?
Who has the leadership to tell Patrick Crayton to keep his head in the game after a crucial drop? Who has the chutzpah to grab Tony Romo by the scruff the next time he wants to go vacationing in Cancun during the playoffs - letting the best quarterback never to win a playoff game know, in no uncertain terms, that this game matters. Or in the words of Bryant, "I just want it so bad...I just want it really bad."
That toughness isn't going to come from the gentle Wade Phillips. That leadership isn't going to come from the Simpsons. Quarterback and Head Coach, the two places most associated with command, (see Aikman & Johnson, Belichick & Brady, Landry & Staubach), are empty wells in Dallas.
Barber, Witten, Flozell, James? Close, but no where near a Michael Irvin. The best candidate may be Demarcus Ware, especially when armed with a new contract. Then again, he may not be that rabid dog type of personality who will impose his will on an entire team and/or franchise. The Cowboys need to find someone with that Charles Hayley snarl, or another disappointing season awaits.