Now, Jerry Jones has every reason to believe that his team can compete in 2013 with the talent that they possess. Even with a shaky, injured offensive line and a new defensive scheme, the Cowboys have the tools to win. The question is whether they can put it together or not.
The Cowboys had what it took to win in 2011 and 2012 as well. In both of those seasons, all they had to do was win their 16th game of the season, and they would have made the postseason. As a matter of fact, in 2011, if the Cowboys had beaten the New York Giants, they would have made the playoffs instead of the Giants. In 2011, the New York Giants went on to win the Super Bowl.
Now, that is what Jerry Jones said he needs to temper his expectations heading into the season. It is always easier to accept disappointment if you don’t head into the season with giant expectations. But, you have to believe that Jerry Jones is sick of going to that last game and then getting eliminated at the last minute.
Honestly, if the Cowboys don’t make the playoffs this season, it will probably be Jason Garrett’s final season as head coach. With a number of former head coaches as assistants on the Cowboys staff right now, there are a number of men who could replace him if the season goes bad.
However, one thing Jerry Jones refuses to do is head into 2013 with no expectations. He said they have the same players they have competed and won with in the past and there is no reason to think they won’t compete this year. And to emphasize his point, Jerry Jones said a Dallas Cowboys 8-8 record is “not competing.”