Along with the exit meetings, the entire team met with Mike McCarthy at noon where he expressed his feelings about the end of the season.
“He felt for us,” Lewis said. “He wanted it really bad for us. The type of caliber guys we are, he knew how together we were. He wanted it.”
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones also popped in to meet with the team and express his urgency about the team’s desire to win.
“His message was we gotta win,” Lewis said. “It’s the Dallas Cowboys. We had everything to win. We can’t let this feeling keep going on, so it makes sense. I just feel like he wants to win right now. The urgency is now. It was always that on our shoulders. He made it clear that that was the point.”
With speculation circling around what impending decisions that Jerry Jones could make about players, Mike McCarthy and more, Lewis took an opportunity to defend his head coach and quarterback on the season they had.
“This is one of the hardest jobs in America,” he said. “The quarterback and the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. I feel like [McCarthy’s] done a tremendous job with all things in consideration. It’s kind of hard. A lot of people against you, all of the outside noise, we just made sure we stuck our arms around each other and stayed together. I think he did a really good job.”
“Look what happened when he wasn’t here. We were struggling to be over .500. We had three straight seasons of 12 winned games. I would hope [he would be back].”