While those outside The Star In Frisco continue to wrongly report that the 5-1 Cowboys are plagued by "QB controversy" factions, the Cowboys themselves are so bonded that they stick together ... even when they themselves are outside the building.
The latest example: Monday's "Rookie Dinner," the details of which we provided to me by a dozen Cowboys players.
I spoke to team captain Barry Church while he had a pair of boxing gloves draped around his neck, the result of him winning coach Jason Garrett's "Knockout Award" for his impactful play in Sunday's 30-16 win at Green Bay.
"Yeah," the whole team was there, and it was amazing,'' Church said of the gathering at Nick and Sam's steakhouse. "The rookies took care of everything. We had an amazing time."
There was a time in the NFL and with the Cowboys win these "rookie dinners" featured position groups going out together and running up huge bills on the first-year players. Dez Bryant, while deeply embroiled in a Tuesday locker-room game of Laundry-Bin Basketball against defensive end Benson Mayowa, told me this team dinner was nothing like that.
"Nope, because as far as I know, lots of the guys just paid for themselves," said Dez, long an advocate of brotherhood over hazing. "Nobody getting punished. Everybody together."
And yes, that "everybody" included both veteran Tony Romo (it's no coincidence that the party was held at Nick and Sam's, one of Romo's favorite hangouts) and rookie Dak Prescott, two quarterbacks who are pitted "against each other" in the media.
After Wednesday's practice, I asked Tyrone Crawford about the party and the bill ...
Romo's involvement with this team is deep, as I've reported often; until he's ready to fully practice with the team, hopefully sometime next week, he engages in private workouts, including a recent one with receiver Cole Beasley.
"Romo looked like Romo," Beasley told me, "and I didn't expect any less. The ball was hummin.'"
But for now? Romo was an organizer of this gathering, and was a leader of the pack for a quick after-party that also included Prescott.
How "bonded" is this group? Three examples:
*Church told me that in his seven NFL seasons the Cowboys had "never before had all the offensive guys and all the defensive guys together at the same rookie dinner."
*Guard Ron Leary told me that in his NFL career he'd never even attended a rookie dinner.
*Bryant told me that while the dinner began with a "formal" setting - the 60 players grouped at different tables in the dining room - it quickly morphed into a sort of "cocktail party,'' with all the Cowboys standing and mingling together and telling stories.
Said Church: "What a great bonding experience."
Said Beasley: "We're winning games partially because nobody's worried about anything (like QB controversies). We're not worried about any clutter outside of the building."
Said Dez, as his left-handed jumper "swished'' through a laundry bin: "Like I've been telling you, we have each others' backs. This is a together team."