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Self-inflicted mistakes have been a large part of the Cowboys' problems this season.

privately or publicly. That's not his makeup, and as he's said before, a brasher style would be transparent to a group of grown men. 

He is, at his core, a teacher, and he believes in his guys. Emphasizing the fundamentals - frustrating as it's got to be, because that's what training camp is for - is the only way this team's talent can take over again, to regain its competitiveness from that initial five-game stretch but this time execute enough to win those close ones. 

Playoffs or not, there are nine weeks left. The season must go on, and the team has to start playing at a level the fans, the owner, they themselves expect. They know they're capable. 

If it means getting back to basics, so be it.   

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