The Dallas Cowboys are once again dealing with a player who is not on the same page as the team's coaching staff.
According to a recent report from the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys’ coaches are “infuriated” by Rolando McClain’s absence from OTA's. The troubled linebacker has already been suspended for the first ten games of the 2016 season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy, which was also the reason why McClain was suspended for the first four games of last season.
McClain elected to skip organized team activities, which are considered voluntary by the Cowboys. Cowboys' owner/GM Jerry Jones initially stated that the team would cut McClain some slack for his absence, but this sentiment was not echoed by the team's head coach Jason Garrett. Garrett reportedly did not agree with this approach, and would likely want cut McClain from the roster.
However, the decision ultimately falls to Jones, who has a forgive and forget mentality.
One Cowboys Hall of Famer went as far as to state that, “Jerry don’t give a [blank]. He’ll take anybody.”
While Jones's stance on allowing his players some leeway may be appreciated by some, it does not inspire confidence in Jason Garrett's ability to keep his players in line.
With the Cowboys’ coaching staff not seeing eye-to-eye with Jones, it appears the team is set on taking chances on talented, yet high risk assets.
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