The Speech must've had a big impact on the team. It was given on Saturday night by Coach Parcells and it had something to do with having fun again and...well...we don't really know because no one is giving us a transcript. You can read more about in this article from Brad Sham. Here's what a few players said about it.
Monday night, on the weekly Cowboys Hour program on the Cowboys Radio Network, we had this exchange with two of the youngest mainstays of the Cowboys' defense, end Marcus Spears and linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Spears first, talking about The Speech:
"It was, in my short career in the NFL, dealing with Coach Parcells, that may have been the most open and truest of form I've seen . . . 'cause it was very heartfelt. It wasn't a motivational thing. It wasn't something to get the guys riled up. It was him. He kind of said, 'You know, guys, I've not been the same. I need to get back to being the Bill that my former players before you guys knew.' . . . He was fired up, you know he was fired up, he was fired up before the game, he was fired up at halftime, he was fired up after the game. It was good to see him like that, because that was our first experience with seeing him in that light."
Ware chimed in: "Once he gave that speech to us, I could see a lot of guys in that room just look like they wanted to tear somebody's head off. You could see the feeling the guys had in that room, and there wasn't no losing that game. No matter what happened, if we got down, if we got up, we wasn't giving that game up."
So what was it about what Parcells said that moved his players so?
Said Spears, "He read a letter he got from a former player. He didn't give the guy's name, but it talked about remembering the little things you do even after you're successful. It was just something about Bill sharing that with us. It's not that it's been a question of if we wanted to play for him or give it our all. But there was something about what he said about lightening up the mood and having fun."