by: William P. Tomisser
Some of you Addicts have expressed a desire to relax Ruskell’s rule on character and get some guys in here who have big-time talent, regardless of what kind of person they are.
Dallas has done just that and put talent at the top of the list, ignoring other issues and problems to try and put a super-talented team in the field.
How did that work out for them?
How do they feel now about that policy now?
Ed Werder at ESPN.com has written an article that explores the aftermath of a season where some players were hired based largely on talent and where the chemistry of the team was given a lower priority. They tried to win a championship with that philosophy.
Improving locker room chemistry will be the highest priority for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason and that will force serious discussions between Wade Phillips’ coaching staff and owner Jerry Jones about whether to release controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens, according to team and league sources.
“I think we all know that chemistry is the problem with this team more than the schemes or anything else,” a Cowboys source said. “Are we going to continue to allow talent to outweigh everything else in the decisions we make with players and putting the roster together? We’re like the Redskins used to be when they signed every player they wanted. There’s more to it than talent. It has to be more about the team.
You can read the whole article here.
The Seahawks are in need of a big dangerous receiver who can’t be stopped. Do we really want to put aside Ruskell’s policy on character and chemistry to acquire such a player?
If Dallas releases T.O., should the Seahawks talk to him at all about coming to Seattle for a year or two? Is Tim Ruskell’s policy on character hurting the team’s chances to find needed talent in certain area’s where a bit of a mean streak would pay off like in the trenches?