The 2015 NFL season was a total disaster for the Dallas Cowboys. Everyone knows that the injury to starting quarterback Tony Romo was a huge blow to the offense. However, the acquisition of defensive lineman Greg Hardy blew up in the team's face both on the field as well as off the field.

Jeremy Mincey's locker was next to Hardy this season. However, he did not shy away from sharing his feelings with KDFW-TV Sunday night about how the Dallas defense was not the same as 2014, especially in the locker room.

"Yeah it grew. It grew. It definitely grew. I hate it happened -- you talk about a team that was so close knit and tight and all of a sudden it was just different. 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. Regardless of how great this athlete is and regardless of this and that, if they're not mentally on the same page, you're not going to get the same results."

 

After leading the team with six sacks in 2014, Mincey did not register a single sack this season. Like Hardy, Mincey is also a free agent and will be undergoing right elbow surgery for the second straight offseason. It will be interesting to see if the Cowboys bring either player back in 2016.