Earlier we told you that the Cowboys may be interested in bringing in Jon Gruden to coach the team next season. One of the reasons we think that might be a good idea is that, simply put, Gruden wouldn’t take any b.s. from anyone on the team. He’s not a pushover like Wade Phillips or Brad Childress and would have a better shot at keeping a locker room together than Phillips would. Jason Garrett is trying to show he can be that guy, too.
According to Pro Football Talk, via the NFL Network’s Albert Breer, Garrett has imposed a dress code for his team that requires shirts and ties be worn on game day. Breer says that Marion Barber already violated the dress code by showing up in jeans and an untucked shirt. Apparently there are a lot of Cowboys — not just Garrett — who are very unhappy with Barber for breaking the new policy already.
The question for fantasy owners is whether or not Barber will be disciplined. If Garrett wants to prove he’s head coach material and can turn the Cowboys around, he might bench Barber for at least a quarter. If Garrett expects a 1-7 team to respect him, he has to show them they’re going to do things his way or they aren’t going to do them at all. We’ll try to update if anything becomes known about Barber’s status before game time.