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2010 Cowboys season the “worst” in Jones era

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Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys in 1989.  During his first year of owning the team, the Cowboys lost 15 of 16 games.

But 1989 wasn’t the low point.  In the opinion of executive V.P. Stephen Jones, 2010 was.

“In the 21 years we’ve had it, I’d say it’s the worst one we’ve had,” Stephen Jones told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.  “We’ve had bad teams that didn’t do well, but maybe you had that feeling going in.  This year, we were so hopeful about our chances, and there we were at 1-5 with no quarterback and pretty much knowing where we’d end up.

“We had such high expectations for this team — and that’s why this is the toughest season we’ve had.  The overwhelming thing you think about is what went wrong.  And to sit there and have to chew on that, there’s not a lot of happiness.”

There will be even less happiness next Sunday, when the Packers or the Steelers will be doing a lot more than keeping up with these Joneses.

But it’s hard to disagree with the assessment.  Every team’s performance is judged in relation to its preseason expectations.  And the expectations for the Cowboys were high, especially with the Cowboys hosting for the first time the game in which they haven’t played in 15 years.

It’ll be at least 16 years between Super Bowl appearances for the Cowboys, and that will be the longest gap in franchise history, even if they make it to the championship game next season.

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59 Responses to “2010 Cowboys season the “worst” in Jones era”
  1. joetoronto says: Jan 29, 2011 10:47 AM

    Don’t worry, Stephen.

    Come August, you’ll be preseason Super Bowl champs again.

  2. pga33 says: Jan 29, 2011 10:50 AM

    I think it was an outstanding year for Dallas. Jerry Jones is still the GM, and he’s busy overlooking his team’s needs in order to provide glitz. Perhaps a wide receiver in the first round (again), Mr. Jones?

    How’d that “Super Bowl at home” thing work out?

  3. jc1958coo says: Jan 29, 2011 10:51 AM

    well GM jerry is resposible for that! he’ll be the next al davis! mr know it all, hire a real GM or down you go!

  4. righthereisay says: Jan 29, 2011 10:55 AM

    “1-5 with no quarterback”….

    Sounds like they are relying a lot on a QB that helped them get to 1-5.

  5. gdeli says: Jan 29, 2011 10:55 AM

    BOO HOO!! 3 rings in the 90’s from the stupid mike lynn based hershel walker trade. Don’t cry around us Viking fans. With a mess of a 2010 season, the NFC North tougher than ever and next season(s) rebuilding? Give me a break. He has no idea of what real pain is.

  6. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 29, 2011 10:59 AM

    At least you have a really nice stadium.

  7. jimmysee says: Jan 29, 2011 10:59 AM

    Take the star off the helmet and substitute a
    :(

    until you get back to the Super Bowl.

  8. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 29, 2011 11:01 AM

    “and there we were at 1-5 with no quarterback”

    Nice. Way to throw your backup under the bus. All he did was bust his ars all year and perform. Maybe Jones failed to notice, but Kitna won way more games than Romo and threw for almost 2400 yards in a partial season that would equate to about a 4,000 yard full season. 16 TD’s and 12 picks isn’t great, but it’s certainly not terrible. An 89 QB rating? I think the problem was NOT QB, but everything else. How could he say they had no QB with what I outlined above. How about NO defense.

  9. mlenenski says: Jan 29, 2011 11:02 AM

    It’s amazing what a new coach and a serviceable quarterback can do for your record. The last eight games of the 2010 season, Dallas was 5-3 and lost 3 games by 3 points or less.

    It may sound funny, but Joe Kitna could get Dallas back to the playoffs next year.

  10. pack4gop says: Jan 29, 2011 11:09 AM

    Over-hyped from the beginning. All you ever heard from any analyst was how talented they were. Isn’t every team talented? Face it….Dallas just wasn’t that good.

    You take a look at their roster compared to Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and others and tell me who has more talent…. I’m sorry, but that talent does not strike fear in anyone.

  11. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 29, 2011 11:12 AM

    Ok Stephen, let me spell it out for you. Your dad, Jerry, puts his ego before the team. He cares more about micro managing every aspect of his cash cow than he does about installing a well seasoned HC or GM.

    As long as he continues to put himself first, before the franchise, expect more of the same.

    Also, tell your dad that being awesome on paper does not translate to the field. Those games still have to be played.

  12. polegojim says: Jan 29, 2011 11:15 AM

    JJ – great business savvy and awesome venue.

    That said: stop meddling, keep owning, get a real head coach and staff, in lieu of the Puppet Master Act.

    Not a dig on Garrett, but… the series of Head Coaches after Jimmy and Jerry split is a sick list of underachievers to say the least. Even Parcels was done coaching before he took the gig.

  13. carpetpissers says: Jan 29, 2011 11:16 AM

    Without a doubt the most disappointing, but all BS aside, this team, with a few roster adjustments, still has to be looked at as force to be reckoned with. Especially in the weakening NFC East.

  14. arkadyrenko says: Jan 29, 2011 11:18 AM

    “And the expectations for the Cowboys were high, especially with the Cowboys for the first time the game in which they haven’t played in 15 years.”

    Is it just me, or does this sentence not make any sense?

  15. stevemo says: Jan 29, 2011 11:25 AM

    I realize Kitna isn’t good, but it’s it sort of disrespectful for a GM to say that they “had no quarterback”?

  16. commandercornpone says: Jan 29, 2011 11:31 AM

    APB

    MISSING: ONE VOX VERITAS

    PRESUMED WEARING WOMEN’S UNDERWEAR AND HANGING OUT IN MAMA’S BASEMENT, BEMOANING THE COWBOYS’ SEASON

  17. edgy says: Jan 29, 2011 11:36 AM

    This is about the only thing that I can agree with the Joneses on.

  18. richm2256 says: Jan 29, 2011 11:36 AM

    If Jones has owned the team for 21 years and this is the worst season he’s ever had, maybe he ought to try doing things DIFFERENTLY?

    What do all those 21 seasons have in common?

    Jerry Jones has run the team.

    Perhaps he should see the writing on the wall and try hiring people who know football again, and this time let THEM run the damn team, like a GM, personnel people, coaches, you know…. THOSE kinds of people.

    *Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells nod their heads*

  19. thirdngoal says: Jan 29, 2011 11:36 AM

    Between the Cowboys (NFC) and the Jets (AFC) saying they are going to either be in or WIN the Super Bowl every preseason I dont know why the other 30 teams even try……..oh wait…….how many years now?????

  20. neverend1 says: Jan 29, 2011 11:42 AM

    Disappointment?

    That’s what you get entering the season with a crappy secondary and the oldest offensive line in the NFL. Plus, due to the hype, cowboys fans allow themselves to believe they have the most talented roster in the NFL (while they are far from it). Their RBs arent as good as people believed and neither is their front 7 (only ratliff and ware are elite)

    This team needs to rebuild. A year or two away from making the playoffs

  21. Darth Goodell says: Jan 29, 2011 11:48 AM

    Aw, don’t be so gloomy, Stephen. You get new running backs, new receivers, a new O-line, a new D-line, new linebackers, new cornerbacks, some help at safety, and revamped special teams, and you’ll be a Super Bowl contender, assuming that choke artist Romo doesn’t screw you in the wild card round again. Chin up buddy!

  22. tv426 says: Jan 29, 2011 11:53 AM

    You’d think that such a realization would spur Jones to fire himself and hire a real GM – someone who actually knows football instead of keeping someone (himself) who just thinks he knows football. But knowing Jones he will likely just give himself a raise.

  23. whackman says: Jan 29, 2011 11:53 AM

    Wooo Hoo, Here is to an eternity of futility from the league’s most overrated franchaise!!!

    Long live Jerry “Facelift” Jones!!!

  24. selgaeinla says: Jan 29, 2011 11:55 AM

    Warms my heart to read this.

  25. drgfri says: Jan 29, 2011 12:23 PM

    And Jerry Jones’ plastic smile voted worst in Cowboys era…..

  26. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jan 29, 2011 12:25 PM

    At least there is hope for the future of the COwboys.

    I live near D.C. and the OWNER will make sure the DanSkins never accomplish anything on the field. Off the filed we pay through the nose for parking, tickets, beer, food, the right to breather air during a game, and I’m waiting for the time we have to pay a dollar to take a piss.

  27. thetooloftools says: Jan 29, 2011 12:31 PM

    Your problem was you couldn’t back up the talk of being the first team to host a Super Bowl in it’s own barn and instead you got curb stomped all season long.
    Maybe next time you can actually do something before bragging about it.
    The Steelers don’t even talk about the playoffs as a goal, they want that Super Bowl ring every year or the season wasn’t successful.
    Dallas is a Bentley with a Pinto engine under the retractable hood.

  28. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 29, 2011 12:32 PM

    Keep your chins up Boys fans.
    You’re going to have far worse seasons than this.

  29. calloustongue says: Jan 29, 2011 1:02 PM

    Next year is gonna be worse. So many holes in that team it’s not even funny.

  30. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 29, 2011 1:15 PM

    Jones seems to be the most militant wrinkled billionaire owner wrt the CBA.

    Second highest payroll, 1.3 Billion for the palace for his team to die, and now he is demanding a lockout.
    This can’t go on, he says.

    So we all suffer because he is an idiot.

    I am fine with him hovering at the sidelines, leering at players, ruining the Cowboys chances, but this time his influence can make us all lose.

    Hope the other owners tell him to go fly off.

  31. mrcowpatty says: Jan 29, 2011 1:20 PM

    Jerry trying to figure out a way to join the NFC West.

  32. edhochuli says: Jan 29, 2011 1:23 PM

    “joetoronto says:
    Jan 29, 2011 10:47 AM
    Don’t worry, Stephen.

    Come August, you’ll be preseason Super Bowl champs again”

    Come on man, don’t you read SI??? The Chargers have won 3 out of the last 4 preseason Super Bowls!

  33. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 29, 2011 1:57 PM

    Follow up to my earlier post. Jones seems to have no idea what he’s talking about. Consider this (when he says they had no QB), they finished 7th in points scored, 6th in passing yards, but only 16th in rushing!
    Then they finished 31st in points allowed and 23rd in yards allowed!

    This is the kind of thing PFT should point out and call him out on such a b.s. statement that seems to be based more on fantasy than reality. Maybe this is why they struggle so. They think Romo is the silver bullet and QB wasn’t even close to their problem. It was actually their bright spot!!!!!

  34. shaggytoodle says: Jan 29, 2011 2:10 PM

    Yeah JJ has done the shopping for quite some time, and as of recent he has been making Mac n cheese for dinner. I can understand wanting to be hands on for the franchise, its probably his game of Madden. There comes a time though when you need to realize 1 of 2 things. 1. Hire a GM, 2. if your to stubborn to do that, start hiring better scouts.

  35. cintiphil says: Jan 29, 2011 2:11 PM

    I am in no way interested in the Cowboys teams, past or present. I do feel however, that Jones is the second or third worst owner in the NFL. Of course, no one can compete with Mike Brown or Bill Bidwell, but Jerry comes close. He butts in where he has no business, and should hire the competent GM and field managers and let them manage.

    They do have one thing going for them. They have probably the best stadium in all the league. Now they need a team worthy of it.

  36. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 29, 2011 2:33 PM

    cintiphil says:
    Jan 29, 2011 2:11 PM

    .. Of course, no one can compete with Mike Brown or Bill Bidwell….
    **********
    Dan Snyder has paid, and paid again
    his dues to be on that list.

    DanSkins.
    Heh.

    Thx to palinforpresidentofnorthkorea for my first sighting of the funny tag.

    PS: pfponk, turn off the TV, you will be a much happier goy.
    Plus: lower blood pressure!

  37. rick1922 says: Jan 29, 2011 3:16 PM

    This team is SOFT and needs help at DB, LB, OL, WR, and RB. Can you say REBUILD.Two years away from the playoffs.With good drafts.

  38. obamaczarofussa says: Jan 29, 2011 3:20 PM

    It’s only the cowboys worst to date under jones because next season has yet to be played.

  39. silkyjohnson937 says: Jan 29, 2011 3:40 PM

    @mlenenski: who is joe kitna? and the problem with most teams that dont do well is the defense and that was the problem with dallas. Look at the afc/nfc championship games bears,packers,jets,steelers they are four of the better defensive teams. You can have a good offense and make the playoffs falcons,eagles,saints,pats but you need a solid defense to win the big games

  40. svenhoek86 says: Jan 29, 2011 3:52 PM

    How beautiful is it, that out of the 31 OTHER teams to choose from to play in Dallas next week, its going to be the Packers and Steelers playing for glory in Jerry Jones’ Football Palace.

    The universe is infinite in her beauty and irony.

  41. jc1958coo says: Jan 29, 2011 4:18 PM

    mlenenski it’s john kitna , nothing like morons making a statement!!! free entertainment i guess!

  42. da11ascowboys says: Jan 29, 2011 4:22 PM

    cintiphil says:

    They do have one thing going for them. They have probably the best stadium in all the league. Now they need a team worthy of it.
    ———————————

    a team worthy of it? Please. One of the proudest if NOT the proudest franchise in the NFL… put down the crack rocks cintiphil. All the haters know that Dallas is going to be RIGHT BACK in the playoff chase next year. You can bet the farm on it. Dallas has a good team. No other reason for PFT to post this other than to get hits. I don’t see any other team getting attention like that. Top 5 offense DAMN sure wasn’t the problem. Patching up that defense a bit and everyone of you will be RIGHT BACK on stories like this… waiting for us to lose ONE game to start talking trash.

  43. johnnyballsack says: Jan 29, 2011 4:50 PM

    To most of America this past Cowboys season was by far the best! Hopefully there are even better things to come in the next decade.

  44. steelertom says: Jan 29, 2011 4:55 PM

    And to throw salt in the wound he has to watch the steelers raise the lombardi on his new stadium. hahahahaha

  45. thehighhat says: Jan 29, 2011 7:29 PM

    As long a JJ keeps playing fantasy football with the Cowboys they will fail.

  46. cintiphil says: Jan 29, 2011 7:53 PM

    da11ascowboys says: Jan 29, 2011 4:22 PM

    cintiphil says:

    They do have one thing going for them. They have probably the best stadium in all the league. Now they need a team worthy of it.
    ———————————

    a team worthy of it? Please. One of the proudest if NOT the proudest franchise in the NFL… put down the crack rocks cintiphil. All the haters know that Dallas is going to be RIGHT BACK in the playoff chase next year.

    You know, I am not a Cowboys hater, as I don’t care much either way about their winning or losing. However, the owner is a joke, and how people of Dallas allowed this guy to buy the team is beyond me. Wasn’t there one person in Dallas who would buy the team before this guy? Why you support him and this team is amazing. He interferes with decisions the coach should be making and inserts himself on field decisions as if the players can learn anything from him. At least I will say that Mike Brown doesn’t go onto the field or sidelines to speak to players etc.. He stays in his viewing box during the games, but his management off the field is poor.

  47. cintiphil says: Jan 29, 2011 7:59 PM

    One more thing. I almost forgot to say, that you may be right to be proud of the cowboys, but they are far from the most storied or proudest franchises in the league. Ever heard of the G-B Packers? Or Chicago Bears? Or N.Y. Giants? Or Wash. Redskins, Or Pittsburgh Steelers? I think they and maybe a few other teams have it all over yours. Please get serious.

  48. jordangarnett says: Jan 29, 2011 8:14 PM

    Keep hating on my boys well be back. Talk to our 5 super bowl rings

  49. selgaeinla says: Jan 29, 2011 8:22 PM

    Those 5 rings are from another era and have NOTHING to do with Romo the clown and the present band of jokers. My favorite quote: “we were 1-5 with no QB”. That says a lot about Romo. We don’t you trot those rings on the field to block for Romo or play CB.

  50. da11ascowboys says: Jan 29, 2011 8:23 PM

    cintiphil says:

    You know, I am not a Cowboys hater, as I don’t care much either way about their winning or losing. However, the owner is a joke, and how people of Dallas allowed this guy to buy the team is beyond me.
    ——

    cintiphil says:

    One more thing. I almost forgot to say, that you may be right to be proud of the cowboys, but they are far from the most storied or proudest franchises in the league. Ever heard of the G-B Packers? Or Chicago Bears? Or N.Y. Giants? Or Wash. Redskins, Or Pittsburgh Steelers?

    ————–

    Well that Joke owner has 3 Superbowl trophies sitting in his office… more than or equal to any of those other “Proud” teams you mentioned.. besides the roidin’, ref payin’, rapist Steelers. I’d much rather have an owner that can’t sleep in the off-season because his team isn’t doing well.. than some guy that could care less. I understand he is a mad scientist/evil empire type of owner, but at least he tries.

  51. selgaeinla says: Jan 29, 2011 9:57 PM

    Anyone who considers 3 superbowl trophies more or equal to other proud franchises needs to take a trip to the pro football hall of fame and learn that the league began LONG before the super bowl. And that the super bowl is just another name for the NFL Championship. The Packers have won 12 NFL Championships. 9 titles and 3 super bowls. THAT is a storied franchise.

  52. selgaeinla says: Jan 29, 2011 10:00 PM

    NFL Championship list:
    Packers 12
    Chicago 9
    Cleveland 8
    Giants 7
    Steelers 6

  53. macgee10 says: Jan 29, 2011 11:36 PM

    How much does anybody want to bet the Cowboys bounce back next year? Not really a Boys fan but I’m pretty good at predictions. That is if there is football next year.

  54. da11ascowboys says: Jan 30, 2011 1:34 AM

    No one gives a crap about NFL Championship lists except the Packers, and teams that have never been to the superbowl. Get real.

  55. memphisyinzer says: Jan 30, 2011 6:46 AM

    The difference between the Cowboys and the other teams that are winning on a regular basis (Steelers, Pats, Giants) is in the ownership.

    These other teams have owners who don’t have an ego that requires them to micro-manage. That’s why they hire managers / coaches. Nor do they have the need to roam the sidelines near the end of a game to make sure that their face gets on TV.

    As long as clown face JJ continues to need to be the center of attention of this team, they will continue to sit at home in January. Instead of hiring coaches that want to do things “his way”, he would be better off, and so would the team, to hire a good coaching staff that knows what needs to be done and is left alone to do it.

    But, JJ, Al Davis and Snyder cannot believe that anyone can do it better than they, themselves. So, they will continue to let the game pass them by.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy though. He deserves all the losing he can create. I hope Tom Landry is having a good laugh as he looks down through the hole in the roof at what Jerry has created. How ’bout them Cowboys!!!!

  56. tv426 says: Jan 30, 2011 11:06 AM

    selgaeinla says: Jan 29, 2011 10:00 PM

    NFL Championship list:
    Packers 12
    Chicago 9
    Cleveland 8
    Giants 7
    Steelers 6

    Chicago as a city has 11. The Bears have 9, but the Cardinals were in Chi and have 2.

  57. rdlwvufan says: Jan 30, 2011 11:24 AM

    I can’t really disagree with Jones on this one. Looking back, it’s crazy to think that anyone thought this team would be the first to host a Super Bowl. I guess that’s what winning one playoff game last year will do to a fanbase.

    Teams often have to take steps before winning a title. Maybe one year they make the playoffs, win a game and get eliminated, the next they win a couple and then lose, and finally they get over the hump and win a championship. I know I thought since they broke through the playoff win barrier last year that they could do it this season. So yeah, it was pretty disappointing.

  58. selgaeinla says: Jan 30, 2011 12:01 PM

    @tv426

    Excellent point. Nice to see some others here that consider the history of the game important, unlike the joker who said NFL Championships don’t matter. He should really take a trip to the Hall Of Fame museum. After all, he’s a history buff because he talks about a Cowboys organization long gone in the PAST.

  59. silkyjohnson937 says: Jan 30, 2011 5:56 PM

    @jc1958coo: if you’re going to correct someone do it right its jon kitna not john do some research before you go calling people morons

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