You’ll pardon the Cowboys, and Cowboys fans, for feeling like they’ve seen this one before.
They’re 2-2 at the moment, on the heels of back-to-back 8-8 seasons. To take it back historically, they’re 130-130 since 1997, as middle-of-the-road as you can get.
They made some big changes to the defensive coaching staff and scheme, but the results are hard to see.
“Now, I said when I made all the changes this year – and we made a ton of them – when we made those changes, we’re trying to break out of this rut, if you will, of .500,” Jones said on KRLD-FM (via the Dallas Morning News). “Now, nobody guarantees you .500. In this league, you’ve got to really get in here and you got to have games like we had the other day or the one against Kansas City. You need to figure out how to win at least half of those games on the road. Bottom line is, we’ve got to play to the occasions. We didn’t play well.
“We hit a team that if you look on paper, you look at the shape they were in on paper, we had a good chance to win that game even though it was on the road. When you don’t do that it’s going to create a lot of discontent.”
That discontent has been largely on the back of grand expectations fueled by an owner who sees himself as a visionary.
But at some point, as the man said, you are what your record says you are.
Which makes everything around there, from the top to the bottom, for the last three years or the last 17, especially and incredibly average.