IRVING - NOVEMBER 22: Marcus Spears #96 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the NFL game against the New York Jets at Texas Stadium on November 22, 2007 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
There was little in the way of apology, or even explanation at Marcus Spears' locker on Sunday night. While many of his teammates at least offered reasons for the loss, Spears stuck to the facts, like a mathmetician, or a late-sixties television detective.
"We didn't do enough to win, and at the end of the day, we're professionals," Spears said, cementing what would be a recurring theme. "We don't try to find bright spots when we lose a game, because it's not realistic, because it's about wins and losses at the end of the day. You play well in an area, you don't play well in an area, you can do that and win games and still get caught up in that type of stuff. At the end of the day, we need to go back to the drawing board and figure out what we did wrong, get it corrected, so it doesn't happen the next week."
Spears, like every Cowboy, vaguely hinted at the need for reevaluation, but staunchly disagreed with the assertions of Tony Romo and Orlando Scandrick, both of which attempted to place the blame squarely on their shoulders.
"There's something to be said for accountability, but for one guy, or two guys out of fifty-three guys that are playing football, to take the blame, I don't think that's realistic," said Spears. "Obviously, we make mistakes as professionals, but at the end of the day, you got to do whatever it takes to win. All the guys that played didn't do enough to win the football game. Everyone should feel like there's something else that they can do in order to give this team a chance to win ballgames."
This direct approach is vaguely refreshing, with Spears highlighting and driving home his major points like Cliff Notes.
At the end of the day, we know, Marcus Spears is a professional.