A Thanksgiving Day loss to the Buffalo Bills didn’t sit well with many people associated with the Dallas Cowboys. That included Michael Bennett, a former Super Bowl champion with the Seattle Seahawks now playing for a struggling Dallas team.
In fact, reporters overheard Michael Bennett’s locker room screaming after the game and had plenty of people wondering what he was yelling about.
Cowboys fall 26-15 to Bills on Thanksgiving
The Buffalo Bills’ defense came up big in their Thanksgiving Day victory as they were able to prevent Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys’ receivers from getting much going on their home field.
That included forcing several turnovers late in the first half of what was a 7-7 game in Dallas.
While Dak Prescott finished with 355 yards and two touchdown passes, he was also sacked four times for a loss of 32 yards and intercepted once. Ezekiel Elliott was held under 100 yards with no touchdowns on 12 carries. The two players also combined for three fumbles.
Former Dallas Cowboys player Cole Beasley finished with a nice game for the Bills with 110 yards and a touchdown on six receptions. Quarterback Josh Allen had a rushing touchdown as well as one through the air, while wide receiver John Brown also threw a touchdown pass in the win.
While the Bills improved their playoff chances with a 9-3 record, Dallas’ postseason picture got a little shakier. They’re 6-6 now and still lead their division, which is a good thing. They have yet to defeat a team with a winning record, but they have three teams that are .500 or worse coming up on the schedule.
However, that includes the Chicago Bears, a team chasing a wild card spot, and the Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) who want to take over the Cowboys’ NFC East spot at the top.
Bennett yells at teammates in fired-up post-game speech
After the game, reporters heard yelling coming from the Cowboys’ locker room, which was said to have lasted for about a minute. Tensions were high, as nobody was happy with yet another loss. The team fell to the New England Patriots last week.
It wasn’t an argument between players, based on reports, though. Dallas QB Dak Prescott said it was Michael Bennett giving the team some post-game encouragement.
Dak Prescott said Michael Bennett was the one shouting and screaming at the Cowboys with words of encouragement and sticking together https://t.co/EBCYkDo4ae
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) November 29, 2019
So what was Bennett telling his teammates? According to Dallas Morning News, he attempted to impart some wisdom about what it takes to claim the ultimate prize, a Lombardi Trophy. That includes making necessary changes and sticking together as a team.
“Because it’s important that we understand that it’s a small window that we have,” Bennett said post-game. “We’ve got all the great players. The only thing we’ve got to do is execute in adversity. The enemy against greatness is the unwillingness to change. We’ve got to be able to change some of the things that we’ve been doing to demand more from ourselves and become the people we want to be.”
“Every opportunity is in front of us, but it’s just on us to capitalize,” Bennett told his teammates. “To win, you’ve got to sacrifice a lot. It’s going to hurt. It’s painful. You play through injury, but you do it because you have to. To win that championship, to win that [Vince] Lombardi [Trophy], there’s no feeling like that. And that takes a lot.”
It would make sense that the guy with the Super Bowl ring would want to get his teammates to rally together when it matters most. Bennett participated in the Seattle Seahawks’ eventual claim of the Lombardi Trophy back in Super Bowl XLVIII. The three-time Pro Bowler was part of the defensive unit known as the Legion of Boom that helped hold Denver to eight points in the NFL’s championship game.
Bennett was part of two other championship-caliber teams over the past several years. He was with Philadelphia in 2018 and New England briefly this season.
The Patriots traded him following a spat with Bill Belichick. Now he’s with Dallas, which most people wouldn’t call championship-caliber.
With four games left ahead of a potential playoff appearance, Michael Bennett realizes his new team needs to get it together. Securing an NFC East division title and getting into the playoffs won’t be enough in the minds of many people.
Next up, Dallas heads to Chicago for a battle with the Bears on Thursday, December 5.