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Arizona Cardinals hold players-only meeting, prepare for the playoffs

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We will see if this does anything.

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You hear it with teams that are in dire straits. Such and such a club held a players-only meeting to clear the air and get things right.

It isn't something I recall hearing in the last few years with the Arizona Cardinals. But after two straight losses and the postseason here, Mike Jurecki reported the players held a meeting to get everyone on the same page heading into their playoff game against the Carolina Panthers.

This sort of thing sometime signals some turmoil within the locker room.

It doesn't appear to be the case.

Head coach Bruce Arians, as he does every Tuesday, appeared on "Late Hits" on SiriusXM NFL Radio and confirmed the meeting  the players had, but, as host Alex Marvez tweeted, it was to make sure the rookies om the squad were ready for postseason play.

Arizona is counting big contributions from young players like safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Tony Jefferson, linebackers Kevin Minter and Alex Okafor, running backs Kerwynn Williams and Marion Grice, receivers John and Jaron Brown, as well as other players at other positions.

It is not the time to feel like the moment is too big or to feel content just having made the postseason.

What will the results be? Sometimes these meetings solidify things among players. Other times it does nothing. But it does show the veteran leadership on the team.

They will need veterans and young players alike to step up to keep the season going.