Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 2/18/12
Never short on opinions, former All-Pro defensive tackle Warren Sapp dished out his thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys during a Friday interview with a local radio station. The NFL Network analyst says the Cowboys' lack of leadership in the locker room is what is holding the franchise back, not team owner and general manager Jerry Jones. "The Cowboys and Jerry know what they're doing to put a good team on the field," Sapp said on The Ben and Skin Show KESN-FM in Dallas. Sapp added: "I've never seen a group of individuals with that much talent just lay dormant like that on the front. ... It's a special group of talent, but when talent isn't directed it's like a bunch of molecules in a tray, they're just moving around. When you're not going in the same direction it's tough to win that way." The outspoken former Buccaneer and Raider criticized Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff, saying the Pro Bowler "disappeared" last season. But that doesn't mean Sapp believes Ratliff should change positions and move to defensive end. "Listen, when you go away from the quarterback you got to be a beast," Sapp said. "You going to put him at five-technique? Come on, that's not his natural strength. I'm wondering why they can't find a 4-3 scheme where he can play the three-technique and let him go." Sapp, who dominated at nose tackle for Tampa Bay, was moved to the outside toward the end of his career and it wasn't an adjustment he enjoyed. While he didn't have any answers for the Cowboys' leadership problems, Sapp did throw out what he called "a little food for thought." He said: "How about Peyton Manning?" What's wrong with the man that currently quarterbacks the Cowboys, Tony Romo? Sapp quickly fired back: "What's wrong with Peyton Manning?" The conversation didn't go anywhere from there.
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