I'm your host Steven Van OverWelcome to the SportsTalkLine Network where we talk sports 24\/7\/365. QB is the link but Jerry Jones is the common thread in this, the Sports Van Cowboys Leadership Edition, Covid Quarantine Day 4,785. Why wait? Let's cruise the world of sports! Today, we hang out in Dallas Texas. The Dallas Cowboys have a (lack of) leadership problem that has been going on since Troy Aikman left town whether they want to admit it or not. Rather than just make a blanket statement I would like to offer some prime examples, which by no means are singular in occurrence. To whit: Most recently it was a Corona 19 lockdown birthday bash get-together at free-agent, franchise-tagged QB Dak Prescott's house for his buddy, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott that got reported to the cops as 30 people. Dak explained via social media it was only about 10. No arrest were made but it really makes you want to run out and plunk down 35-40 million a year on a guy to "lead" your team as well as feel good about the millions you are already paying your RB\/pseudo-team-leader. There is a leadership problem in Dallas. Just before that it was Dak and former Cowboys WR Dez Bryant sharing a bro-hug pic at their Covid 19 lockdown workout as the former Cowboys, current free-agent buddies worked out together with a few other guys then shared it all on social media. Yep, leadership by example in action here by both guys. Of course, Dez has always been a "team first guy." Right? Dallas Cowboys Leadership problem... https:\/\/twitter.com\/DezBryant\/status\/1245811620808404996?s20 Should anyone be surprised by Prescott and his lack of leadership? He comes with a squeaky-clean rep, the guy who picks up a missed toss at the trash bin on game day. But there is the rub. It's an image. This is also the same guy who got a DUI during the draft process, then got it thrown out in court on a technicality setting the example we should have been looking at since day one. There is a problem with Cowboys leadership. Flashback to the infamous Cabo San Lucas trip by then Cowboys QB Tony Romo and WR Terrell Owens a week before their 2007 playoff game against the Giants. They ended up looking like a couple of guys coming back from vacation against the G-Men. Romo threw for 201 yards, 1 TD and 1 Int. Owens had 4 receptions for 49 yards and 1 TD. Leadership by example in action. There is a leadership problem in Dallas. QB and WR are the common thread here but Jerry Jones is the one cooking the soup and his hands are all over the recipe. He continues to publicly support "his guys" as well as bring other "leadership-challenged" individuals on board to deal with. In 2015 it was former Panthers sack-master and a current public menace to women Greg Hardy who Jerry Jones decided to "give another chance." That lasted one lackluster, embarrassing season. There is a Cowboys leadership problem. Most recently Jerry and company have decided to give former 49ers All-Pro DL Aldon Smith another day in the sun. Here is a "quick" rundown of his rap sheet. You may want to refresh your coffee first. 2012 - Suspicion of DUI, stabbed twice.2013 - Single car accident, suspicion of DUI, marijuana. Rehab sting. 3 felony charges for an assault weapon, house party incident in 2012. 2014 - False bomb threat arrest at LAX. Pleads no contest to the above charges. 2015 - Arrested in Santa Clara County for DUI, hit and run and vandalism. Cut by 49ers, signed by Raiders. Suspended by the league.2016 - Periscope video shows a man who "might be Aldon Smith" smoking drugs. Smith denies drug use then checks into a clinic. 2017 - Under investigation for a possible domestic incident. Smith is a passenger in a car that strikes two San Francisco Police Officers. His girlfriend was driving and got arrested on suspicion of DUI. Smith is detained for public intoxication. Plea deal reached.2018 - Police seeking Smith as he reportedly "fled the scene" of a domestic violence incident after drinking two bottles of tequila. Claims his recent visit to an abuse treatment facility was setup by his ex's parents. Turns himself in for violating a court order. Cowboys Leadership Problem Explained But there are signs the winds could be starting to blow a different direction in big D. The Prescott camp has been playing a calculated game in regards to his long term deal. There is no doubt he has outplayed his draft position and rookie contract. What is the question however is does he deserve to be paid as the best player in the game when in truth he is not. Yet he DOES have the best leverage in the game right now. I say bully for him. Get what he can. Players deserve their bucks. On the flip side, the Cowboys are warranted to kick all the tires before plopping down what will probably be the richest contract in the league on a guy who has consistently shown lapses in judgement. It's not that Prescott is a bad guy, he is most certainly not. The man has some serious skills on game day. But he isn't Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman leadership material either off or ON the field in my opinion. We have detailed the off field stuff above. Now let's look at the on field leadership. On game day both Staubach and Aikman were jerks. They would get in a players face and let them know missed blocks, penalties, not knowing your assignment or not getting the job done was NOT acceptable. They were not always nice about it. They held those around them accountable. There were not universally liked. They were universally respected. That's leadership. Both Tony Romo and now Dak Prescott are the most popular guys on the team. Everybody loves them. They have tons of talent and are great to be around. If you bone a play it's all good, the QB will give you a rueful smile, pat you on the butt and let you know it's OK, it's only a game. There is a leadership problem in Dallas. The Cowboys front office seems to be looking at that issue as news on the QT has Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts, the 5th rated QB on most boards for the upcoming NFL Draft who is getting close up looks by the Packers and Chargers now has the Cowboys showing "intense interest" this last week. This could signal a slew of things in Big D. But with the Prescott camp continuing to play hardball and with Dak continuing to show up in the news for the wrong reasons one possibility stands out from the rest. The Cowboys could be ready to move on from Prescott after his "franchise tag" season and Jalen Hurts could be just the man to fill that bill. It's already going to be tough for the Cowboys offense with a new head coach putting his stamp on the offense with a QB that is most likely going to miss all or most of camp if there is one. Dallas could be taking the long view here and setting themselves up for success in 2021, with a new QB at the helm and 5 years of the rookie contract to work with as they wrestle with the salary cap. There is a leadership problem in Dallas. But maybe not for long. Stay tuned to more Dallas Cowboys News here on Sports Talk Line and on Cowboys Nation.