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Falcons still believe players-only meeting well worth it

TAMPA -- Much was made of the Atlanta Falcons holding a players-only meeting last Monday in an effort to rally and end the season strong.

Unfortunately, the Falcons couldn't avoid some of the same mistakes that have plagued them -- turnovers, penalties, poor tackling -- in a 23-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, extending their losing streak to five.

So did the players-only meeting have no impact? Veteran wide receiver Roddy White doesn't think so.

"I always feel like those meetings make a difference, especially in the way players play," White said. "I felt like everybody was tuned-in. Everybody had a good week of practice. Everybody went out there and did what they had to do [to prepare]. We're just not getting the results that we are used to getting. We're losing down the stretch instead of winning games. And people are frustrated. We're all frustrated."

Linebacker O'Brien Schofield, who approached White and Julio Jones about conducting the meeting, said he would be very disappointed if the Falcons lost following such a gathering. Of course, Schofield is frustrated, but he doesn't feel the meeting was a total waste.

"Absolutely, I saw the focus," Schofield said. "We got the ball [two] times on defense. Pretty much, we had [the Buccaneers] all day. The offense did a good job moving the ball.

"But that play when [Jameis] Winston was down and he ... I don't know how to explain anything after that. Those are the plays that are tough. It's a game of inches, and that's when it comes to leaving no doubt. We've got to make sure that we finish the play."