Though it feels in retrospect like the Giants controlled the game against the Cowboys on Sunday, Dallas tied the game at 20 about halfway through the fourth quarter on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel to Devin Street. Dwayne Harris returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for what ultimately became the decisive score, and the Cowboys dropped to 2-4.
We’ve already seen that Greg Hardy got snippy with Dez Bryant on the sidelines, and that the defensive lineman did a barebones Marshawn Lynch routine with reporters after the game. On NBC’s Sunday Night Football postgame show, Mike Florio debuted another clip of Hardy slapping the clipboard special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia after the aforementioned return touchdown. After that, Bisaccia got in Hardy’s face, and they shoved at each other.
Though Jerry Jones bafflingly defended Hardy’s leadership after the game, it’s hard to see how long the Cowboys are willing to tolerate his churlishness. Everybody knows, in light of his history, that Hardy only has this opportunity because of his otherworldly ability to hit the quarterback. But if the losses continue to pile up for the Cowboys and they’re out of contention before Tony Romo is eligible to return in Week 11 — they could be 2-9 or 3-8 at that point — would they keep Hardy around and pay him huge weekly incentives?
One can understand the football reasons that the Cowboys would want Hardy around if they were in contention, but it’s already apparent that his presence exacerbates the bad times. Even with Jones’ continued bizarre defenses, which amount to a tacit endorsement, it’s easy to imagine this arrangement ending sooner than later.