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Wide receiver Patrick Crayton of the Dallas Cowboys spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.
Former Cowboys’ receiver Patrick Crayton isn’t happy with his old team.
In a recent appearance on ESPN Radio’s Ben & Skin Show, as detailed in a post earlier today, Crayton took aim at the team’s decision to hire Jason Garrett as the full-time head coach. Nor is he pleased with the team’s treatment of receivers coach Ray Sherman, who was let go after interviewing for the head coaching vacancy prior to the announcement of Garrett.
"He was a hell of a coach, hell of a guy, and I really appreciate what he did to my career--both on and off the field,” Crayton said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Just the way ... to see him let go, it was almost an insult. It truly is.”
Crayton, who revered Sherman in his time in Dallas as something of a father figure, believes that the team’s interview with Sherman was little more than a nicety, conducted simply to satisfy the Rooney Rule--which stipulates that any team with a head coaching vacancy must interview at least one minority candidate.
"[The Cowboys] interviewed Ray Sherman to satisfy the Rooney Rule,” Crayton said. “They had some knowledge in knowing that they were going to go in some other direction. ...
“I think you go into a situation like that where you think 'OK, if I don't get this job, I'll probably be considered for the offensive coordinator job. At worst, I end up being the receivers coach again next season.' To just get let go, after interviewing for the head coaching job, it's a little disrespecting.”
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