Sean Lee: Locker room problems did not plague 2015 Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off their worst season in more than 25 years, and injuries certainly played a big role in that. However, there was also a lot of talk about locker room issues and a lack of focus throughout the season.
Sean Lee says we shouldn’t buy into that.
In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday, Lee insisted his 4-12 team had an adequate work ethic.
“I thought if you watch our effort throughout games, we played extremely hard,” Lee said, via Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News. “The issue with us was when we lost some of our best players — Tony [Romo], Dez [Bryant] — the margin for error became smaller. We weren’t able to overcome adversity. We didn’t make the critical plays, game-changing plays all the time. We didn’t cause enough turnovers. Defensively, we didn’t make the plays down the stretch in the fourth quarter.”
Should the Cowboys have won more than four games even without their key players for many of them? Perhaps, but Lee insists there was never an effort issue.
“It was never because we weren’t all-in,” he said. “It was never because of effort. It was all because of execution, especially in critical times.”
It’s tough to tell if Lee is being truthful, especially since we have already had one Cowboys player admit that there was tension in the locker room. There was also a report that claimed some of Dez Bryant’s teammates felt he had trouble staying focused.
Of course, the best remedy for the Cowboys will be a healthy Tony Romo. They would also probably benefit from not bringing back Greg Hardy, and it seems like that issue will be taken care of.