When it comes to Terrell Owens, nothing is easy. There's always some complicating factor, whether it's the things he says or does, he makes it hard for whatever ship he's on to experience smooth sailing. So the Cowboys are now left with the decision if Owens and his baggage are worth another go around.
"It definitely took a toll on the team after a while," James said. "Whether it was a distraction or not, every week so much was going on. The game is about production and wins, and that's what we have to do."
James added that the season felt especially long.
"Coming into training camp, it was like a zoo," he said. "You got some high-profile people on the team. All that went on. So much goes into that. It's been a long, long season. A long season."
I don't know how representative that statement is of the team as a whole, but I can relate to it as a fan. Terence Newman has a different view though, so as usual it looks like there are some conflicting opinions on Owens.
"I don't see why not. He signed a three-year contract; he's got two years left," Newman said. "I wish I made the decisions."
What about Owens? We all know that last week he said he had every intention of returning to the Cowboys, and owner Jerry Jones seemed to back that up. But nothing can be settled - like every other question around the team - until Bill Parcells makes a decision. If Parcells does come back, and Owens does, too, Terrell has some advice for the team.
Some things never change.
Let's find out what someone really close to Parcells feels about his future.
"He's never talked to me about not coming back," Wolf said. "I'd be shocked if he's thinking that way."
If anybody would know, it would be Wolf, one of Parcells' closest friends.
If Parcells returns, the immediate question is whether his staff will return in full or will changes be made. I've already stated that if Parcells stays, they should let Zimmer go and find a true 3-4 defensive coordinator. Jerry Jones praised Zimmer, but remained noncommittal.
When asked if he wants Zimmer back, Jones was noncommittal.
That first line - "he's done everything that he could do to get us principally in the 3-4" - doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement.