Sean Lee is the latest member of the Dallas Cowboys to downplay the recent media reports.
After a 38-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football, NFL Network’s Jane Slater reported that many players on the roster are slamming the coaching staff. “Totally unprepared,” an anonymous player on the Cowboys told Slater. “They don’t teach. They don’t have any sense of adjusting on the fly.”
Slater also reported that players are slamming the coaching staff, stating “the coaches are not good at their jobs.”
Lee addressed the blooming controversy stirring in Dallas, and said that to take “anything that was said anonymously with a grain of salt.”
“The first thing I think with anonymous sources, you never really can take them seriously,” Lee said, via ProFootballTalk. “First, they don’t put their name on it. Second, you don’t know if the person’s in the room, or not in the room. Maybe they were. Maybe they’re not now. Sometimes you don’t know if it’s through a secondhand source. Maybe it is a player, but maybe it’s coming through an agent. You just can’t speculate.”
The Cowboys are not on the same page but somehow lead the NFC East with a 2-4 record. By allowing 36.3 points per game, the Cowboys are the worst scoring defense in the NFL. Lee acknowledged that the defense needed work.
“So you have to just say, listen, the consensus in our locker room, with our defense right now, is that we all need to work hard. We all need to improve. There’s no pointing fingers. The only way out of this is to keep faith in each other. And we have that faith. Like we said, anything anonymous, we’re not going to worry about that.”
For linebacker Jaylon Smith, he is not a fan of anonymity. He feels that if players are going to leak these comments to the media, then own up to it according to Jon Machota of The Athletic.
“Jaylon Smith on players reportedly criticizing coaches: “(Mike McCarthy) is a player’s coach. If you got something to say, own up to it. Coach wants us to be grown men. It’s a blessing to have him as a coach. We have to perform…If you have something to say, put your name on it.”
At 2-4, the Cowboys lead the NFC East, so things could be turned around. However, injuries to the offensive line and Dak Prescott have made the Cowboys future very unclear.