Earlier this week, former Cowboys defensive lineman Marcus Spears publicly questioned Jerry Jones’ decision to host Tony Romo and Jason Witten in his suite for the NCAA Basketball Championship between UConn and Kentucky on Monday, suggesting that it might send the wrong message to the rest of the team.
Fellow former Cowboy Scott Shanle, who played for Dallas from 2003-2005 before moving onto the Saints from 2006-2012, picked up Spears’ comments and ran with them. He praised Spears for his candor on Twitter, before launching into an indictment of the culture at Valley Ranch.
"I believe Marcus had tweet of the day! I've been part of a team in (New Orleans). It works! (Dallas') biggest issue is individualism," Shanle tweeted, per the Dallas Morning News.
This caused something of a stir, as anything remotely controversial on Twitter tends to, but the former linebacker held fast: "Getting players not the issue (it's) the environment that needs (to) promote team-first mentality, and that can do wonders."
Shanle made clear that, to his eyes, this “team-first” mentality was not present when he was in Dallas: "Turned into some ME guys. Need leaders. Never forget where you came from!"
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