Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in the second quarter at AT

Cowboys' Jason Hatcher: 'we would've packed it in' last year

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The Dallas Cowboys can’t seem to get clear of .500, they lost to the Detroit Lions to fall back to 4-4. A win streak could help them get a strangle-hold on the NFC East, but staying at .500 is keeping the rest of the division around. The loss to the Lions was a heartbreaking one at the end of the game. Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher says they would’ve given up last year, but that isn’t the same mentality on this year’s Cowboys.

“Just what I see in the guys,” Hatcher said, via ESPN Dallas. “I don’t like to look back on last year, but just looking at if we lose a game like that (last week at Detroit) we would’ve packed it in. We don’t have those guys like this on defense or on this entire team. That’s what makes me have faith; just the guys we have. They just want to win for each other and we’re a brotherhood. We’re just going to continue to play until the end and I think we’ll be in a good situation come late December.”

He was on the Cowboys last year, which led some to question why he didn’t speak up.

“I wasn’t in no position to say nothing,” he said. “I was trying to hang on to a job … like I am this year.”

With an injury plagued defensive line this year, Hatcher has been a bright spot. On the season Hatcher has seven sacks. His leadership resulted in the Cowboys hanging a picture of him in a hall outside the locker room.

“That meant a lot to me, man, just to understand my hard work finally paid off,” Hatcher said. “Just to be on that wall it’s an honor and a privilege to be there. It wasn’t given. I earned that. So it makes me feel a lot better that I earned it and they just didn’t put it up there and I didn’t do a thing.”

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