Coming off a 13-3 season in 2016, the Dallas Cowboys were looking to repeat the success they had the previous year, but an untimely suspension for the team’s star running back, along with inconsistent play on the field, left them on the outside looking in once the playoffs came around.
Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley has never been one to hold his tongue when it comes to certain topics, and he was back at it again when speaking about his former team.
During an appearance on 103.3 ESPN in Dallas, Haley referred to the current batch of Cowboys as “losers,” basically challenging them to live up the franchise’s expectations.
“I don’t think they understand what it takes to win a game,” Haley said, via the Dallas Morning News. “If you want to look back, if that was Coach [Jimmy] Johnson, we would’ve worked harder than we did last year just to repeat that part of it. I don’t see that maturity where guys are doing their own thing out there. When the coach says run 10, you run 15, or you grab your teammates and go run. They took 13-3 for granted and they thought, ‘OK, we’ll win the Super Bowl the next year.’
“I blame everybody. It’s one team and everybody’s together. And that’s the key. I go over there and I tell guys, ‘Man, Jerry built this house for a bunch of damn losers.’ And they get mad. They have to do something about it. I can’t do anything about it, I can’t play. All I can do is give you some knowledge.
“And then the egos are so big and they’re so busy getting on Twitter and Facebook and everything else – maybe they should get in that playbook. Maybe they should learn how to rush, catch and block.
“I tell those guys nobody’s scared of them. Ain’t nobody in the league scared of y’all. What y’all been doing is listening to people saying you’ve got the best offensive line in the business. I said who’s scared of y’all? Huh? Those little things like that, those intangibles, the attitude you take to the field [matters]. . . . I go over there and I watch guys work. I watch them go through drills. They go through three or four drills and they’re gassed.”
As a member of the Cowboys, Haley and the team went 59-21 and qualified for the playoffs all five seasons he was there, winning three Super Bowls.