Do players-only meetings work?

September, 21, 2010
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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman made good on his promise to lead a players-only meeting Monday at Valley Ranch. Now we'll see if anything changes following a 0-2 start that has players and coaches grasping for answers. Newman noticed a lack of intensity in practice last week and coach Wade Phillips admitted the team had a poor session at Cowboys Stadium on Friday.

I've always thought players-only meetings were a bit overrated. These guys are around each other every day for months at a time, so they're basically having meetings all the time. But if the Cowboys roll into Houston and pull off the upset, we'll all be pointing to Monday's session. Apparently safety Gerald Sensabaugh isn't a big fan of players-only meetings.

"A meeting is not going to do nothing," said Sensabaugh. "You just have to make plays. That's how I feel about it. Talking is nothing. You have to show what you can do out there on the field. We are grown men. Why do you have to give grown men a speech? We're grown."

Speaking of Sensabaugh, I've now had a chance to review that play from Sunday's game when Jay Cutler hit Johnny Knox for a 59-yard completion. At the time, it looked like Knox simply beat cornerback Mike Jenkins. But when you watch the play again, it's easy to see that Sensabaugh was supposed to be offering help on the play. He followed a tight end across the middle who was covered by Alan Ball for no apparent reason.

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