Mike McCarthy calls anonymous Cowboys players report a "teachable moment"


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Less than 24 hours after Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said he prefers to handle criticism from players internally rather than through the media, he had another perspective on the matter.

At his Wednesday morning briefing with the media, McCarthy said it was a "teachable moment" when asked if he had addressed Jane Slater's report that players had "lost faith" in the coaching staff.

Slater reported Tuesday that players had "initially bought into keeping things internal," but things changed after getting blown out by the Cardinals 38-10 on Monday Night Football.

One player called the coaching staff "totally unprepared," and that "they don't teach" or "have any sense of adjusting on the fly."

"I think you do have to recognize it,'' McCarthy said Tuesday after being asked about the report. "I really go back to my first meeting with the football team. I've always stated to every team I've coached, I think it's important to handle things as men. If you do have something to say publicly, I think it's important to say to the individual, particularly in a group setting. Especially in the game of football. That's all part of our development.

"You don't want to be stubborn (as a head coach) and do things just to do things. I think it's important for all of our players and coaches, and it's something I stated in our first meeting, let's just handle these things as men. 'Let's talk to one another. (I told them) 'I'm your guy.'

"I'll talk to anybody, in particular, in our inner circle. And I'll either agree or disagree with you. And I think that's important. At the end of the day it's about winning. We're in the business of putting players in a position to win."