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Former Cowboys DB Will Allen blames poor atmosphere for team’s struggles

11/20/2013 at 7:25 am By

will allenThe Dallas Cowboys have become the NFL’s “can’t get right” team. They have a world of talent, an owner with pockets deep as the abyss, but somehow always end up with a mediocre record and and early end to their seasons.

Will Allen, a 10-year NFL vet who signed with Dallas as a free agent this summer before being released in October, thinks he knows why a team that looks so good on paper never reaches their potential: a poor work environment.

“It was a very micro-managed atmosphere. Everything was heightened. Everything was very hyped. I didn’t feel the relationship and the bonding between players and coaches,” Allen said. “…I think that’s the rift that you get and everybody wonders why Dallas can’t win; why Dallas isn’t completing everything it needs to. The players are great. The players are tremendous. The coaches are some of the best in the business. You just need a cohesion there that allows players and coaches to really execute and do their jobs and it’s not something hanging over their heads.”

“That’s not fun for anybody,” Allen said. “…We understand that it’s a business but football is a business. Winning is our business. But if we’re not a team, if we’re not together in it all, then we have nothing.”

Allen may be on to something here. It has to be extremely difficult to perform up to your capabilities when everything you do is being scrutinized down to the last details. That type of micro-management can lead to an individual playing not to make mistakes instead of focusing on simply making plays. That type of atmosphere would be challenging for anyone to perform their best under, not just football professional players.

Football odds at SportsBettingOnline.ag have the Cowboys as slight favorites against the 4-6 Giants this coming Sunday, a testament to just how unpredictable Dallas is on a weekly basis.

Until Jerry Jones lightens his reigns, takes a step back from the team’s day-to-day management and becomes more of an owner and less of a hands-on owner, Dallas is destined to be a 8-8, mediocre team with high expectations but marginal results.

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One Comment

  1. scootie

    on 11/20/2013 - Reply

    Naw, you totally have missed the point. Art imitates life, and unfortunately the boy in da hood imitate the culture, or lack thereof, of the city of Dallas. There is no more wannabe, overhyped city in America. Sound familiar?

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