Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey says Greg Hardy is ‘misunderstood’ but also caused tension

Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey thinks the Cowboys should think twice before bringing back Greg Hardy. Of course, part of that is because Mincey and Hardy play the same position and like Hardy, Mincey is a free agent. But in an interview with KDFW 4 in Dallas, Mincey shed some light on how Hardy joining the Cowboys changed the dynamic around the team.

“You talk about a team that was so close knit and tight and all of a sudden it was just different,” Mincey said in the interview, via the Dallas Morning News. “I wouldn’t say that he’s the reason for that happening, but sometimes change, sometimes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You know what I mean? And sometimes with change, the team is different.”

Hardy signed a one-year, $11.3 million deal with the Cowboys last March after his former team, the Carolina Panthers, elected to let him walk in the wake of a domestic abuse accusation. He was suspended for the first four games — it was reduced from 10 following an appeal — of the season and made his Cowboys debut in Week 5 against the New England Patriots. He finished the season with six sacks and 35 tackles but Dallas went just 2-10 in games he played.

But Campbell, who according to Salguero was “a combination of angry and bitterly disappointed” about getting passed over, wanted to pursue opportunities elsewhere. He needed the franchise to grant his release because he was under contract.

Campbell took over after Joe Philbin was fired following a Week 4 loss to the New York Jets that dropped the Dolphins to 1-3.

Miami, however, dropped four of its next five games. Campbell won just five of his 12 games and the Dolphins finished the season 6-10.

Campbell joined the Dolphins as a coaching intern in 2010 and was promoted to tight ends coach in 2011. He served in that role until he was named the interim head coach after Philbin’s ousting.

Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey thinks the Cowboys should think twice before bringing back Greg Hardy. Of course, part of that is because Mincey and Hardy play the same position and like Hardy, Mincey is a free agent. But in an interview with KDFW 4 in Dallas, Mincey shed some light on how Hardy joining the Cowboys changed the dynamic around the team.

“You talk about a team that was so close knit and tight and all of a sudden it was just different,” Mincey said in the interview, via the Dallas Morning News. “I wouldn’t say that he’s the reason for that happening, but sometimes change, sometimes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You know what I mean? And sometimes with change, the team is different.”

Hardy signed a one-year, $11.3 million deal with the Cowboys last March after his former team, the Carolina Panthers, elected to let him walk in the wake of a domestic abuse accusation. He was suspended for the first four games — it was reduced from 10 following an appeal — of the season and made his Cowboys debut in Week 5 against the New England Patriots. He finished the season with six sacks and 35 tackles but Dallas went just 2-10 in games he played.

But Campbell, who according to Salguero was “a combination of angry and bitterly disappointed” about getting passed over, wanted to pursue opportunities elsewhere. He needed the franchise to grant his release because he was under contract.

Campbell took over after Joe Philbin was fired following a Week 4 loss to the New York Jets that dropped the Dolphins to 1-3.

Miami, however, dropped four of its next five games. Campbell won just five of his 12 games and the Dolphins finished the season 6-10.

Campbell joined the Dolphins as a coaching intern in 2010 and was promoted to tight ends coach in 2011. He served in that role until he was named the interim head coach after Philbin’s ousting.