Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy wasn't a fan of unnamed Cowboys players speaking negatively about him and his coaching staff as he noted that it's "important to handle things as men." The Cowboys suffered a humiliating defeat at AT&T Stadium in a Monday Night Football game as the Arizona Cardinals demolished the hosts 38-10.
After the loss, the Cowboys fell to a 2-4 record but still hold the No. 1 place of the NFC East division since the Philadelphia Eagles have a 1-4-1 record, while the New York Giants and Washington Football Team each own a 1-5 record.
Just a day after the loss, the reports surfaced about several Cowboys players anonymously venting about the team's coaching staff. "Cowboys players initially bought into keeping things internal. Now as they sit 2-4 the discontent is leaking out," Jane Slater of NFL Media tweeted on Tuesday.
"On the coaching staff ‘totally unprepared. They don’t teach. They don’t have any sense of adjusting on the fly.’ Another ‘they just aren’t good at their jobs.’”
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This past offseason, the Cowboys fired their long-time coach Jason Garrett as many believed that Garrett wasn't a good enough coach to lead Dallas to a Super Bowl.
A new defensive coordinator was also brought to the team but that hasn't helped either as the Cowboys are giving up points at a historic pace -- they lead the league through six weeks in points surrendered. "Well, I mean, first off, I haven’t heard any of those type of discussions,” McCarthy said on a conference call with reporters, per Pro Football Talk.
“I think like a lot of things when you hit a part of your season, or any challenge where there is negativity out there and where it comes from and who it comes from, that’s something that I’ve never chased.
I think you do have to recognize it. I just really go back to my first meeting with the football team. I’ve always stated that . . . it’s important to handle things as men. I mean, if you do have something to say publicly that is of most important, I think it’s important to say it to the individual, or particularly in a group dynamic setting, especially in the game of football, especially for the Dallas Cowboys.
I mean, that’s all part of the development our program, of the system that we’ve got going here. I think that’s just part of our flight right now. We don’t like the way we played last night. We had some areas that we struggled strong in. It’s definitely not what we’re looking for”.