OXNARD, CA - AUGUST 14: Head coach Wade Phillips talks with DeMarcus Ware #94 during Dallas Cowboys Training Camp at the Marriott Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge on August 14, 2010 in Oxnard, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
After an ugly loss to Chicago sent the team to 0-and-2 on the season, the Dallas Cowboys called a players-only meeting. Held on Monday, the meeting was closed to coaches and aimed at addressing the problems that have plagued the young season. Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who was one of a few veterans to initiate the meeting, discussed it on Thursday.
"I think the meeting was really productive," Ware said, per ESPN Dallas. "It was just guys saying we got to get back to fundamentals. We're not getting beat by teams, were 0-2 getting beat that way, but we're beating ourselves with the mistakes that we're making."
Last Friday, the Cowboys’ had an admittedly ugly practice in front of a crowd at Cowboys Stadium, prompting many in and out of the locker room to wonder whether a lack of focus at practice wasn’t to blame for the forgettable beginning to the 2010 season. This was another issue addressed on Monday.
"A lot of guys are frustrated about that and that’s the main thing," Ware said. "A lot of the leaders are stepping up, me, Bradie, Romo [and] Witten are saying, 'Hey we can't make any mistakes in practice and that’s where it starts.'
“It starts in practice and it's going to carry over into the game."
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