NFL fans were caught off guard on Friday when the Los Angeles Rams (that is so much fun to say) released Chris Long, James Laurinaitis, and Jared Cook.
When a move that large is made 31 fan bases begin to toy around with the idea of signing Player A or B, justifying how it can work out with their team when it didn’t with the player’s former.
Twitter was ablaze with Dallas Cowboys fans, myself included, considering the option of a pass rusher like Chris Long alongside the elite young talent currently on the squad and then… all hell broke loose.
Cowboys DE Randy Gregory has been suspended for the first 4 games of 2016 for violating @NFL substance abuse policy. He has a history.
Even before this setback the Cowboys had a lot of questions where pass rushers were concerned. Just hours ago my fellow Staff Writer Sean Martin pondered whether the team should bring back Greg Hardy. Joey Bosa and Noah Spence are draft prospects who many have drooled over partnering with the likes of Gregory. Personally I evaluated the past production of some potential free agent pass rushers last week.
The position was in a state of extreme imbalance when we all woke up this morning, and Randy Gregory‘s suspension sent that into hyper speed. The pressure that already rested upon finding a pass rusher through some outlet this offseason was just intensified that much more.
What is particularly troubling and frustrating about this is it isn’t Randy’s first issue with substance abuse.
Per @NFL drug policy, Randy Gregory failed 4 tests. 1st at combine — in the program. Then 2-gm fine, then 4-gm fine, then 4-gm suspension
Randy’s failed drug test at the NFL Combine last year was a large reason why he fell to the Cowboys at the 60th Overall Pick last year. He told us all that he had turned over a new leaf, and that his troubles were behind him. Today proves otherwise.
This is deja vu in the worst way for the Dallas Cowboys as they began last season with their star pass rusher, Greg Hardy, suspended for the season’s first four games. It seems that as it has now happened twice… a new tradition is officially born.
There is no doubt that Dallas Cowboys fans everywhere are disappointed in Randy, and you know what? We should be.
Randy Gregory is an example of why some #NFL teams take guys who fail combine drug tests off the board. Trusting they’ll change is a gamble.
We’ve all spent a lot of time talking and tweeting about the troubles of Johnny Manziel over the last 12 months. I’m not saying that Randy is on that level, but let’s not throw Randy a pass (another one, mind you) simply because he’s a Dallas Cowboy.
Randy obviously cannot resist something, whatever it is, that the NFL strictly prohibits. These are rules and regulations that a large majority of the NFL is willing and able to follow, but Randy Gregory is not.
Randy Gregory’s name is now in the same territory as Josh Gordon’s. Think about that before you blindly defend him.