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Stephen Jones: Ray Lewis-Type Leaders Don't Grow On Trees

Jason Hatcher said earlier this week that the Cowboys could use a Ray Lewis-type leader in the locker room

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    Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones isn’t trying to fool himself into thinking that his team has a Ray Lewis-type leader on the roster, but, then again he says, that doesn’t mean the team is completely devoid of leadership.

    Jones discussed the matter this week in response to defensive end Jason Hatcher who, when asked in a recent radio interview, struggled to name the leader of the locker room, eventually saying that the team could use a “Ray Lewis-type” leader. To this point, Jones won’t disagree--but again, that doesn’t necessarily mean there is no leadership at Valley Ranch.

    I think we have leadership, I do,” Jones said Wednesday, per ESPN Dallas. “I think you can always use more. Who wouldn’t want to have a Michael Irvin personality or have a Ray Lewis personality? Those guys are rare.”

    As for the Cowboys not having a Ray Lewis in the locker room, Jones believes the Cowboys are hardly alone in this respect.

    “Everybody does it differently,” Jones said, “but what Hatcher said, ‘Hey we needed a Ray Lewis,’ well, to me, I don’t know many Ray Lewises. They don’t grow on trees out there. I think we had one in Michael Irvin at one time. I think these guys are rare. They’re Hall of Fame players. They have a lot of other intangibles, but you can’t go out and find them. There are a lot of teams that don’t have a Ray Lewis.”

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