Sparked by two alcohol-related incidents just six weeks apart, Dallas Cowboys officials met with representatives for Mothers Against Drunk Driving after the Super Bowl.
Team executive vice president Stephen Jones called the meeting productive.
The talks stemmed from backup nose tackle Josh Brent being charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter resulting in the death of practice squad player Jerry Brown in early December. In January, starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff was charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing his pickup truck into a tractor trailer.
The blood-alcohol content for both players was twice the legal limit.
"At the end of the day, we're all accountable for our actions," Jones said after participating at a symposium for North Texas sports at the American Airlines Center. "We certainly have to get better as an organization. We all have to get better in terms of our decision making and our community obviously, the Cowboys, our players, our coaches, our executives are held to high standards and people look up to that. There's no excuses; we have to get better. We're going to continue to look for ways to get better as an organization in terms of what we do. Obviously, it's not good enough until we get to a point where there's zero incidents, we're not going to rest and we're not going to be satisfied."
Jones wouldn't address Brent or Ratliff's incidents, but it's clear the Cowboys are serious about fixing a problem where they've seen two primary players get charged with driving while intoxicated. After the Ratliff incident, the Cowboys released a statement from Calvin Hill, the team's adviser to its player development program, pledging to educate their players on the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
Outside of Hill's statement, no Cowboys official addressed it in interviews until Tuesday.
"We had a very educational meeting with MADD," Jones said. "Their organization has done an outstanding job in making people aware. They're no different than ourselves. They want to continue to make the decision-making process better across the board in terms of society. They certainly can help us and we want to improve and they're going try and help us get better."