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Jerry Jones insists this year’s team is better

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The Cowboys most significant changes this offseason were with the coaching staff rather than their personnel, but owner Jerry Jones said he still sees a better team than the one which went to training camp last year.

Owner Jerry Jones joked with reporters about a Super Bowl run, but after a few laughs, said he thinks his team is improved.

“I think we’ve taken steps to improve our team,” Jones said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “We are a better team, no question in my mind, than we were at this same time last year. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Of course, they didn’t have the ability to change much from last year’s 8-8 team because of their salary cap limitations. The name free agents were safety Will Allen and linebacker Justin Durant, and their first round pick was center Travis Frederick.

While all should help, the bigger shift is to a 4-3 defense under new coordinator Monte Kiffin, and to Bill Callahan calling the offensive plays, after that was stripped away from head coach Jason Garrett.

“We feel like we’ve got the right kind of guys on our staff and we feel like we got the right type of guys on our football team,” Garrett said Friday. “It’s time to go to work.”

And they have a significant amount of work to do, if not enough tools to get the job done.

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  1. floratiotime says: Jul 19, 2013 7:04 AM

    Doesn’t he say this every year ?

  2. kane337 says: Jul 19, 2013 7:16 AM

    2012: 8-8
    2011: 8-8
    2010: 6-10

    Lot of room for improvement there Jerrah

  3. noring4youstill says: Jul 19, 2013 7:33 AM

    Lets hope so. No not really.

  4. easternboltfan says: Jul 19, 2013 7:37 AM

    “We’re good enough, we’re smart enough and doggone it, people like us!”

    - Jerry “Stuart Smiley” Jones

  5. irishgary says: Jul 19, 2013 7:38 AM

    dementia, denial, disturbing, disgusting, delusional.

    Anyone would probably work.

  6. ontheteebox says: Jul 19, 2013 7:44 AM

    I’m a huge Cowboys fan, but gotta admit that he says the same thing year after year and all we do is end up 8-8….

  7. packfaninchitown says: Jul 19, 2013 7:49 AM

    Are you still the GM there Jones? Then it’s not better…

  8. RussianBreadMaker says: Jul 19, 2013 7:49 AM

    You wont know a thing until that first game buddy. shut your trap.

  9. jamfoj37 says: Jul 19, 2013 7:52 AM

    I love the Cowboys, but Jerry Jones is a nut case!!

  10. billh1947 says: Jul 19, 2013 8:03 AM

    The worst thing about the Cowboys is their GM but the GM cant see it.they may win one more game than last year so their GM may be right in his assesment.

  11. solomon151 says: Jul 19, 2013 8:07 AM

    Here we go, let the hate start now

  12. 60yearolddinosaur says: Jul 19, 2013 8:11 AM

    If JJ keeps repeating that, he’ll eventually start to believe it along with diehard fans……8 and 8, 9 and 7 at best!!

  13. mungman69 says: Jul 19, 2013 8:19 AM

    Every yearJerry says the same thing. Ho hum.

  14. sampsonswag01 says: Jul 19, 2013 8:19 AM

    “Craziness is just repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.” –

    Albert Einstein

    Having lived in the Dallas metroplex a few years ago I now hold a certain element of pity for Cowboy fans (which I can’t believe I actually hold). It’s now been nearly 20 years since the super bowl days of Jimmy Johnson and the only common element that stands in the way of all those following teams is “Jerruh” as GM. Sadly, Jerry finds it either (a) inconceivable or (b) implausible that he could relinquish the reigns of the GM box for, say, 3-5 years and see where the team goes.

    This will be an 8-8 team, again, and giving Romo more $$$ will only put added stress on an already stressed quarterback.

    Keep on keepin’ on Jerruh.

  15. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Jul 19, 2013 8:21 AM

    Just like Jerry promised the Cowboys will also host AND play in the 2011 Super Bowl.

    Keep putting that big foot in your mouth Jer.

  16. zam0854 says: Jul 19, 2013 8:23 AM

    And this just in…snozberries taste like snozberries!

  17. jucam1 says: Jul 19, 2013 8:28 AM

    I despise the Cowboys and love that their owner is completely insane and thinks he is a great GM (everyone knows he’s not). So here is my question, if “Jerrah” were to pass today (not wishing the man any harm) would Cowboy fans be happy that his idiot (as far as football goes) of a son takes over or nervous because at least they are dealing with a devil they know??…. I mean Jerrah gave Tony Romo that contract which should qualify him for at least a hearing on his sanity. However, his son sounds like he is even dumber and waiting in the wings….

  18. rgtre10 says: Jul 19, 2013 8:39 AM

    Of course Jerruh and in your world you think your plastic surgery made you look better…NOT

  19. thejuddstir says: Jul 19, 2013 8:40 AM

    When have we heard this song n’ dance before. Every year we hear this from Jerrah and Rexy.

  20. bart3976 says: Jul 19, 2013 8:43 AM

    This may well be true….But the fact that Jerry Jones is possibly the worst football GM in history, likely will never change.

  21. tombradyswig says: Jul 19, 2013 8:47 AM

    8-8 again for the crypt keeper

  22. mickmars says: Jul 19, 2013 8:49 AM

    He also insists that his facelift looks good and that he’s a formidable GM……..

  23. seabreezes51 says: Jul 19, 2013 8:50 AM

    I wish Jerry a long life and great health… I want him to be the GM of the Cowboys forever!

  24. Waxxx4321 says: Jul 19, 2013 8:51 AM

    Here WE go Again America’s Most Overrated team who every year say the same thing.

  25. cubancigar10 says: Jul 19, 2013 8:58 AM

    Is he still managing the team (or trying to).

    A skunk never smells himself!!

  26. 12strikes says: Jul 19, 2013 9:01 AM

    Blah Blah Blah cowboys are better.
    Blah blah Blah window is blah blah blah.
    Blah blah blah cowboys are superbowl bound.
    Blah Blah Blah

  27. w0rkh0lic1 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:05 AM

    It’s gotta be nice to praise yourself. Since Jerry is the GM, basically he’s just saying “I did a great job this year”… It’s also an easy statement to support with a 0-0 record. I don’t know of any GM that would come out publicly and NOT say that the team is better than last year. What would you expect him to say?? “We missed to playoffs the last 3 years… But this year we really took a step back”???

  28. specialteamsposter says: Jul 19, 2013 9:10 AM

    Long time Lions fan here,

    The pick-up of Justin Durant was a small but solid move for the Cowboys. Durant has excellent sideline to sideline, lateral speed and will help vs. the run. He was a cap casualty in Detroit and we hate to see him go. Ernie Sims 2.0 he is not!

  29. thefox61 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:11 AM

    I never thought I’d say this, but, I think I’m startng to feel sorry for Cowboys fans. When your team tanks this year don’t blame Romo.

  30. stonefish67 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:14 AM

    What a stupid arrogant fool.
    The cow girl fans are even worse as they actually believe this jerk.
    HAHAHA

  31. dbones641 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:14 AM

    Why is he talking? You’d think he would learned to keep his mouth shut by now.

  32. pillowporkers says: Jul 19, 2013 9:15 AM

    I’m sure he likes all of the new talent he got from the NFL draft.

  33. solomon151 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:16 AM

    Lol, I got to laugh at you guys. What owner, G.M, Coach or player thinks their team isn’t better at the start of a new year? Every team thinks they have a chance at winning it all. Even if they don’t believe it, they are going to say it anyway. Because its Jerry its somehow a stupid thing to say. Get a clue!!

  34. wrossi81 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:21 AM

    As long as Jerry Jones is the GM and owner of the Cowboys, they will be perfectly mediocre. They won’t get in the top 5 of the draft, they won’t get deep in the playoffs.

    As an Eagles fan, I wish Jerry a LONG and healthy life and career as GM.

  35. scytherius says: Jul 19, 2013 9:25 AM

    Sadly for Cowboy fans, the Owner isn’t any better.

  36. denverdude7 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:26 AM

    “We are a better team, no question in my mind” – Jerry Jones
    ————————————————–
    Jerry,

    We TOLD you not to drink the Kool-Aid !!! Now you are seeing things that just aren’t there.

  37. snaponrules says: Jul 19, 2013 9:26 AM

    As long as they have Jerrah and romo they will go nowhere but 8-8, 9-7 and that’s with the free win the league gives them every thanksgiving.

  38. conormacleod says: Jul 19, 2013 9:26 AM

    I’m sold. In fact, I’d buy season tickets if I wasn’t worried that when I showed up there would be no seat, and then the Cowboys would somehow blame and sue ME!

  39. luckyarmpit says: Jul 19, 2013 9:29 AM

    Have to agree with most of the comments here… as a Giants fan, I surely hope Jerrah never, ever steps down as GM. I have some good friends that are Cowbys fans and I hear a collective sigh from them every year Jerrah says the same thing. I kinda feel sorry for them, actually.

    Well…. maybe just a LITTLE sorry…..

  40. solomon151 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:30 AM

    @wrossi81
    And what does the Eagles Brass have to show??

  41. giantsfan64 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:37 AM

    Better than what. The Jaguars???

  42. swagger52 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:39 AM

    Isn’t that the last thing that Tom Landry said before Jerry Jones sacked him?

  43. facetooth says: Jul 19, 2013 9:40 AM

    I insist that Jerry Jones’ face looks like a leather bomber jacket from 1941.

  44. dallashomer says: Jul 19, 2013 9:40 AM

    Anyone who thinks that Cowboys fans like Jerry Jones is a blind idiot.

  45. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 19, 2013 9:42 AM

    I insist they are not better so phphphphhtpthtphthpthptphthptth!!! no go wipe yourself off.

  46. greymares says: Jul 19, 2013 9:59 AM

    If the owner has to tell you the team s better, They’re probably not.

  47. thejuddstir says: Jul 19, 2013 10:05 AM

    What’s the difference between Jerrah Jones and the late Al Davis? Al Davis was a genious as coach, GM and owner until he started to struggle with dementia…….Jerrah just has it all backwards.

  48. cheapglazers says: Jul 19, 2013 10:10 AM

    LOL! Better then the Panthers, Bucs, Jags and Eagles? That’s not saying much…

  49. sidepull says: Jul 19, 2013 10:14 AM

    Seems to be a consensus in the responses:
    Cowpies suck

    Seems like they are the living the movie Groundhog day. Every off season a lot of hype and chest thumping and then of epic fail, whining and blaming once the games actually count.

  50. GenXJay says: Jul 19, 2013 10:16 AM

    Because JJ said so; this explains why pft ranked the ‘boys @ #14.

  51. footballhistorian says: Jul 19, 2013 10:21 AM

    The possibility of getting better also rests on the team staying healthy…last year the defense was working with guys that were on the street just prior to starting.

  52. hawkstradamus says: Jul 19, 2013 10:24 AM

    This generation of cowboys just aren’t built to win, they have the talent and the expectations of a winner, but not the mindset. The Jimmy J team was a perfect football team. When parcels was running them there was a deficiency in top level talent at key positions, but they were a tough team. Now it’s just a fantasy football team.

  53. rick2248 says: Jul 19, 2013 10:37 AM

    Jerrys drinking his own Kool-Aid!

  54. SparkyGump says: Jul 19, 2013 10:41 AM

    Jerry Jones needs rebooting. He’s caught in a loop.

  55. jimnsota says: Jul 19, 2013 10:44 AM

    Go home Jerry you’re drunk.

  56. rmaxmaicon says: Jul 19, 2013 10:50 AM

    JERRY JONES knows how to do business…the guy is a great salesman and every year the COWBOYS are the #1 talked About team. The reason why so many love us and hate us.
    As a COWBOYS fan, I fully expect us to make the playoffs this year…we dealt with far too many injuries last year to really show out improvements from the previous year. And we STILL almost made playoffs. If we can stay HEALTHY, I don’t see many teams in the league being able to beat us. Now, come PLAYOFFS….I’ll hold my breath on that one. ROMO still scares me :/

  57. jpk6044 says: Jul 19, 2013 10:59 AM

    That guard they got in the 4th, er, 1st round should help….

  58. cbass59 says: Jul 19, 2013 11:22 AM

    Jerry Jones is a great owner.

    -Said no one ever.

  59. blkdogcreative says: Jul 19, 2013 11:44 AM

    Of course.

  60. kevindaltam says: Jul 19, 2013 11:45 AM

    He also said anyone can coach the team to the Super Bowl, how’s that worked out since JJ.
    The only time you can believe what Jerrah says is if he ask, would you like another round, I’m buying

  61. imaduffer says: Jul 19, 2013 11:45 AM

    Dallas has a very soft schedule this year. NFC North and AFC West. Jerry’s right.

  62. larrydavid7000 says: Jul 19, 2013 11:46 AM

    These cowboy fans are crack me up. Crying about injuries from last year. Well let me point out the Redskins had a lot of injuries as well. On offence starts to WR,TE,RT and on defence the injuries were starts RE,LLB, both FS,SS so if my math is right that comes out to 7 starters in total that the Redskins did not have during the 2012 season.
    So once again WHAT WAS the cowboys EXCUSE AGAIN.???? 8-8.?????

  63. ccjcsr says: Jul 19, 2013 11:46 AM

    Jerry is a great owner, not so much of a GM but is gGOLD when it comes to marketing, he has the most valuable Franchise in the NFL. It’s teams like the cowboys that fund all these crappy franchises because of the Revenue share. If it wasn’t for the Boys then all these owners would be less rich.

    #CowboyNation

  64. cfeeley52 says: Jul 19, 2013 11:49 AM

    Even if they make the playoffs they won’t win a game. I don’t care if they’re up 21pts with a minute left, Romo will find a way to choke…

  65. Ron says: Jul 19, 2013 12:20 PM

    Everybody hates on the Cowboys how many of y’all’s teams have won more SB’s than the Cowboys. I bet not many of y’all can say that Jerry may be a blow hard but he supports his team all the way around. I’m saying I hope the Cowboys do a lot better just to shut some of you people up. The reason y’all rag on the Cowboys so much is because y’all or either jealous because of all the SB’s they have won or y’all’s teams just suck. So to all you ragging on Jerry and the Cowboys and the Romo haters out just shut the heck up. I have been a die hard Cowboys fan for life I take the bad with the good no matter what can any of you say that. How many you have a QB that has a career passer rating over 95% I bet not many so why all the hate on Romo I get upset with him because he makes some bone head plays but he has had to run for his life every season he’s been a starter because of the O-Line so I feel most of his mistakes his because he has no protection. I bet even FLacco or Ryan couldn’t even have a winning record that Romo has had behind this O-line. So keep on hating on the Cowboys and Jerry but I bet that the other teams which they could have the success the Cowboys have had so live with it. ” GO COWBOYS”

  66. MDSisAtool says: Jul 19, 2013 12:25 PM

    I’ve said this a million times but I’d like to say it again, Jerry Jones is awful.

    -Cowboys’ fan.

  67. kingpel says: Jul 19, 2013 12:53 PM

    I really like Jerry but I am starting to wonder if he is senile.

  68. kingpel says: Jul 19, 2013 12:59 PM

    Ron says: Jul 19, 2013 12:20 PM

    I have been a die hard Cowboys fan for life I take the bad with the good no matter what can any of you say that.
    ………………………………………………………………………
    Ron, I am not a hater of the Dallas Cowboys and have always picked them to do well based off their talent. I don’t buy the criticism of Tony Romo at all. BUT if you can tell me as a Cowboy fan that you are going to watch all 16 games this year and not end up screaming at Jason Garrett at the end of at least 3 games, then I would believe you guys have a shot at winning your division. I just don’t think that is the case, man. Phillips and Garrett were bad hires and until Jerry gets a real football guy in there, the Boys are going to suckle every ounce of life from their current stars until your sitting at the bottom of the league again. Its a shame.

  69. redsoxu571 says: Jul 19, 2013 1:11 PM

    Why is it that every time JJ makes a simple quote along the lines of “we’re better, but still have a ways to go”, a statement echoed by oodles of NFL people and hardly too much even by Bill Belichick standards, we get an article on here? There’s no substance here, it’s no different than anyone else, but because its JJ it gets an article…don’t they say “don’t feed the trolls”? That’s the only motive I can see here.

  70. solomon151 says: Jul 19, 2013 1:12 PM

    I like how a person can say, “I’m not a cowboy hater” and then turns right around and hate. Lol. Funny

  71. hrmlss says: Jul 19, 2013 1:26 PM

    America’s Team……..to hate and despise.

  72. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 19, 2013 2:05 PM

    Jerry says this every year blah blah blah.

    He is in the ticket selling business and if the team isn’t improved, it reflects on the team GM which happens to be Jerry.

    There may be reason for some optimism but let’s wait and see what happens on the field. If they stay healthy, they can compete.

  73. spankygreen says: Jul 19, 2013 2:14 PM

    Relax people. There are 32 teams competing for the Lombardi trophy. That same one they compete for every year. There will only be one team hoisting that trophy(STEELERS BABY) so let JJ say what he wants about them Cowboys, as many times as he wants to say it………….until he gets rid of Romo, he will be singing the same tune next year……….

  74. araidersfan says: Jul 19, 2013 2:29 PM

    Every time I get depressed about the Raiders and the mess that Al Davis created in his later years, I find consolation in knowing that Jerry Jones was/is doing the same thing to the Cowboys (who I never liked).

  75. bighurt228 says: Jul 19, 2013 4:40 PM

    Ahhhh yea…………..ok. Jerrah…….lmao

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