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Jerry Jones: It’s not just optimism, it’s a fact that we’re better


Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones has no doubts that his team is better right now than it was last season.

Jones said after the NFL draft that it’s clear to him that the Cowboys’ roster is stronger than it was in 2013, when Dallas completed its third consecutive 8-8 season.

Yes, we are better,” Jones said. “There’s no question about that. Relative to where we played last year, we’ve had a very impactful draft. We actually have had an impactful offseason, relative to the way we play. We’re better. And consequentially, when I look over at the offense, we haven’t taken a step back on offense at any place and matter of fact, without being trite, we’ve gained on it in my opinion. For me, I feel better tonight than I did when we quit playing last year. To me that isn’t just optimism for me. I do, factually, can look down here and say we’re a better team than we were this time last year as reality would have it.”

The Cowboys have been mired in mediocrity, and if Jones is wrong about them being better this year, Jones may fire head coach Jason Garrett. But one thing Jones won’t do is fire himself as G.M. Jones is confident that the Cowboys’ general manager is getting the job done.

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  1. nfl4days says: May 11, 2014 4:07 PM

    I’ll have what Jerrys havin.

  2. icanhazblogs says: May 11, 2014 4:08 PM

    Every other team in the NFC East agrees that Jones is doing a great job as GM.

  3. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 11, 2014 4:09 PM

    Worst D in the league last year and then you lose your best defensive player. But whatever helps you sleep at night.

  4. polarbear71 says: May 11, 2014 4:09 PM

    After the draft you better be or your doing something wrong !!!

  5. footballfan211 says: May 11, 2014 4:10 PM

    Gotta love the optimism, but the Cowboys consistently cannot get the job done when it’s crunch time.

  6. jmt8251 says: May 11, 2014 4:11 PM

    He just can’t help but be a moron and the laughing stock of the league as a GM.

  7. DitkasHair says: May 11, 2014 4:11 PM

    “Mired in mediocrity’ sums it up to a T….How many teams can put a W next to their game against the Cowpokes? Too many

  8. brudog says: May 11, 2014 4:12 PM

    Keep it up Jerry, pretty soon you will be right up there with Will Ferrell and Seth Rogen!

  9. realnflmaster says: May 11, 2014 4:12 PM

    You’re still running the archaic Tamp 2, so no, you’re not better.

  10. 8oneanddones says: May 11, 2014 4:13 PM

    I think he looked at the forbes list, not the standings.

  11. afcdomination says: May 11, 2014 4:15 PM

    good news Jerry. soon the NFL will add another playoff team and 8-8 might actually “earn” a playoff berth

  12. trollhammer20 says: May 11, 2014 4:16 PM

    So, 9-7?

  13. vladimir says: May 11, 2014 4:17 PM

    Put down the pipe JJ

  14. daysend564 says: May 11, 2014 4:19 PM

    Still have the worst safeties in the world

  15. alshonbrandontandem says: May 11, 2014 4:19 PM

    All I have to do is come to PFT for my entertainment. That, Jerry, is funny. Yea, your a better team withOUT the best DE in the game in Ware. I’m sure that rookie you overdrafted is going to have 15+ sacks this season. And your “star” 30+ yr old qb who just had his 2nd operation on his back is going to put up MVP numbers. Right Jerry…

  16. mpcny says: May 11, 2014 4:19 PM

    Last year DL is a strength of our team. Yep have he’s having

  17. bcfalcon says: May 11, 2014 4:19 PM

    EVERY YEAR you say something like this! And EVERY YEAR you receive the same results! Except this year you lost two star players that could cost your team two wins so instead of 8-8 you will prbably be 6-10 if not worse…I’m deeply sorry cowboy fans that this man ruins your team on a constant basis.

  18. Ferdinand says: May 11, 2014 4:20 PM

    Oh, there’s still plenty of time before Game 1 to muck things up. And Jerruh will.

  19. gavriloprincip33 says: May 11, 2014 4:20 PM

    Poor Jerruh – his delusion has no end…

  20. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: May 11, 2014 4:20 PM

    Jerry Jones boasting that the Cowboys are better than last year is like saying a pile of rhino poo smells less vile today than it did last week.

    What a trainwreck Dallas has become since this narcissistic “clean my glasses for me” nutbag bought the team.

  21. thefirstsmilergrogan says: May 11, 2014 4:22 PM

    “relative to the fact we gave up 40 first downs to new orleans and we lost ware and hatcher, i’ve chosen not to address our impactful efforts on that side of the ball. needless to say, i’ve done a very good job……..”

  22. mcjon22 says: May 11, 2014 4:23 PM

    It’s also a fact that Jerry is delusional, as well as a terrible GM

  23. yougotgirouxed says: May 11, 2014 4:24 PM

    “For me, I feel better tonight than I did when we quit playing last year.”

    Or when Brandon Boykin ended your sorry season….

  24. jwil444 says: May 11, 2014 4:24 PM

    And yes, there is a Santa Claus! Next question.

  25. ottawabrave91 says: May 11, 2014 4:25 PM

    I’m no cowboys fan, but Jason Garrett might not be a bad coach. he could have been making 8-8 chicken salad out of 2-14 chicken crap the past few years. with jurrah Jones calling the shots it could be worse

  26. seatownballers says: May 11, 2014 4:25 PM

    Seattle hosts the better cowboys this year. Romo might go down and the better cowboys will let Weeden tear it up

  27. seahawkswilson says: May 11, 2014 4:26 PM

    Look at their schedule. Will be lucky to be 6-10 even if they are better than last year.

  28. thetooloftools says: May 11, 2014 4:27 PM

    He is trapped in a “1984” mindset.
    We are better because he said we are better.
    What an ass.

  29. rajbais says: May 11, 2014 4:28 PM

    Even without Jason Hatcher????

    God, I will always be in glee when this awful team loses next season and I am proud to say that … even with my shirt off.

  30. seanleemvp says: May 11, 2014 4:33 PM

    Jerry is just telling the truth. They added one of the best O lineman in the draft, and a top 3 pass rusher in Lawerence in rd 2. Along with Henry Melton and the return of Anthony Spencer and Tyeone Crawford from injury. Its not going to make them 12-4 but 10-6 is realstic. Everyones favorite to “run away” with the division(philly) got beat down in philly by dallas last year and barely beat them when Kyle Orton and the worst defense in cowboys histroy took the field in week 17.

  31. luz56 says: May 11, 2014 4:33 PM

    32 GMs just made that same statement… Like what Jags SF Minn Clev did

  32. randymossblewit says: May 11, 2014 4:34 PM


  33. golfnutt67 says: May 11, 2014 4:36 PM

    Get ready Jerrah the Niners are going to hang a 50 spot on you week one, and then your fans are going to throw this quote back in your face…… play the entire NFC west this year its going to be a long, long year in Bid D

  34. zacmonte says: May 11, 2014 4:36 PM

    Getting Melton was pretty huge. Spencer was pretty good last year and as much as I love Ware and wanted to see him retire a cowboy he just didnt look that great on the line. Hopefully Lawrence is an impact rookie and Martin is going to be a great asset on the line. We lost Ware, but overall i do feel the Cowboys did get better.

  35. bigbenh8tr says: May 11, 2014 4:36 PM

    Jason hatcher had one good season. Ware was 50% when he was playing and had 6 sacks. Rebuilding around the foundation of Crawford, Spencer, Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. Take it easy hardos

  36. yate3097 says: May 11, 2014 4:38 PM

    He’s just trying to keep those seats filled with people to buy his $75 cheese pizzas.

  37. dcapettini says: May 11, 2014 4:39 PM

    None of these guys have played a down and Jerry, deep in his heart of hearts, just “knows” that they are better. Guess what Jerry? Neither you nor anyone else “knows” anything about how the 2014 season will roll out. Injuries, bad chemistry, and advanced years happen to every team. Did Mike Shanahan think his team would fall on its face in 2013? I think not. So, in the face of your demonstrated inability as a GM, why should we put any credence in your remarks? Show me!

  38. Waxxx4321 says: May 11, 2014 4:39 PM

    Jerry has dementia. He says the same thing every year. Every single year. “Were better. Were going to win it””Tony Romo is the best QB in the whole NFL”. Judging by his options, not optimism, Its clearly not the case.

  39. thereyougo2 says: May 11, 2014 4:39 PM

    Don Jones in Miami really got a talking to after he expressed shock at the owner Stephen Ross in a dress and high heals. He was heard expressing himself “how horrible”.

  40. n0hopeleft says: May 11, 2014 4:40 PM

    You’ve won as many playoff games as Tim Tebow has with Romo.

    This is the biggest damn joke in the entire NFL….

  41. naes says: May 11, 2014 4:41 PM

    Impactful is the stupidest, most useless buzz word there is.

    All impactful means is effective. Effective is a perfectly fine word all by its lonesome.

  42. nflrule says: May 11, 2014 4:41 PM

    Its almost paper bag on the head time..Defense is going to laughable.Manziel would have at least been a nice distraction.

  43. dickshotdogs says: May 11, 2014 4:44 PM

    Oh Jerry, you’re adorable. I see you fell on your head again.

  44. orthomarine says: May 11, 2014 4:44 PM

    -Eat Me

    Dolphins Nation

  45. stealthscorpio says: May 11, 2014 4:53 PM

    Stephen, Jerry Jr, and Charlotte should be ashamed/arrested for not managing their father’s dementia.

  46. bsandersislegend20 says: May 11, 2014 4:53 PM

    Manziel’s a joke man 👆

  47. tleach34 says: May 11, 2014 4:54 PM

    I honestly think Jerry Jones is great for the NFL as an owner and leader – as well as a GM for the Cowboys. He may be a bit much at times, but he loves his Cowboys and the fans. I think the Cowboy’s draft went well, and when you look at their roster, they do have a chance to go a long way.

  48. greymares says: May 11, 2014 4:55 PM

    liked the Street pick other than that they are not improved.

  49. St. Louis Fleeced Washington says: May 11, 2014 4:56 PM

    Even Snyder hired a GM!

  50. mackcarrington says: May 11, 2014 4:58 PM

    George Halas, Paul Brown, and Al Davis were owners who made football and personnel decisions and were successful, at least for a period of time. Jones is the only one who seems to think that he belongs in that class.

  51. djstat says: May 11, 2014 5:03 PM

    Jerry said the same thing last year..and the year before and the year before

  52. jayquintana says: May 11, 2014 5:03 PM

    “Couldn’t agree more. Keep doing what you’re doing, Jerry. Ignore the haters.’

    The Giants, Eagles, and Redskins

  53. sportsfan18 says: May 11, 2014 5:11 PM

    I didn’t read him say anything about their defense…

    He said their offense is better…

    Several points here Jerry.

    Your 2013 defense gave up the MOST yards per game and it wasn’t particularly close. Your D gave up OVER 415 yards a game and the next highest team total was 397 yards a game.

    In terms of the amount of points you gave up per game, you were a bit better as you weren’t LAST in the league in this. You were 26th out of 32 teams.

    And, the offense you specifically mentioned getting better had the 5th HIGHEST average points per game last season at 27.4 points a game.

    The Super Bowl should have told you Jerry, that even the leagues BEST offense last season and one of the best offensive seasons ever by a team in the league (most points ever scored in NFL history) was NO match for a great defensive team in the Super Bowl.

    So yeah, you say your offense is better. Is your defense any better?

  54. kenstabler says: May 11, 2014 5:17 PM

    Ever the optimist, always Jerry and he never stops. He should have never let go of Jimmy. However, if the cowboys ever had a chance in this division it is this year. The eagles let their best receiver go, the redskins have a new coach and system and always suck, and the giants are on the decline. They could finally do it this year. But to beat the Seahags and the Niners in the playoffs, really hard to see.

    As for the Super Bowl===No Way.

    Keep dreaming Jerry, and call 911 for Jimmy J. to come back. Then you will have a chance.

  55. mikelitoris1 says: May 11, 2014 5:20 PM

    Forever 8-8.

  56. deafcone says: May 11, 2014 5:23 PM

    as long as jerry Jones is running things the Cowboys will never be better. Clueless.

  57. 25cuts says: May 11, 2014 5:25 PM

    Your team will suck for at least 5 more years, jerrah! Lmao at that team.

  58. citizenstrange says: May 11, 2014 5:26 PM

    That’s a fact jack!

  59. st1llerz1 says: May 11, 2014 5:26 PM

    Go back and look at Jerruh’s comments after last year’s draft. He said the same things then that he’s saying now. The problem is that the egomaniac is never going to realize that he needs to bring football people in to run his football team. And until he does, he’s never going to be anything better than mediocre.

    I hope this clown lives forever!!


  60. mrwalterisgod says: May 11, 2014 5:27 PM

    It’s not hard to be better when you were so GODAWFUL on defense last year.

    What, are you only going to give up 400 points this year? Such improvement…..

  61. 700levelvet says: May 11, 2014 5:29 PM

    The. “Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

  62. kd75 says: May 11, 2014 5:30 PM


  63. brianlee720 says: May 11, 2014 5:33 PM

    Cowboys are more offensive to native ameicans

  64. Wineshard says: May 11, 2014 5:41 PM

    Not so subtle way of saying, “if we don’t make the playoffs it is the coach’s fault because I gave him the players to achieve that goal.”

  65. staffordsyear says: May 11, 2014 5:56 PM

    Delusional old man.

  66. jadaruler says: May 11, 2014 5:57 PM

    Jerry did what the fans wanted him do; he drafted linemen. Love Dixon as the last pick. He will bring the nasty.

  67. realdealsteel says: May 11, 2014 5:59 PM

    I wish the other 30 franchises had an owner exactly like JJ.

  68. billco6192013 says: May 11, 2014 6:00 PM

    Did u see the war room nobody even making eye contact with jerry jones,no imput or nothing,Garrett scratching his chin looking away and jerry with the only papers in front of him,just shows no one has any say but the mummy classic.Jerry is a classic owner who will fire anybody who goes against him.

  69. billco6192013 says: May 11, 2014 6:03 PM

    Everybody knows he hires people who will do anything he wants and without a GM they are in trouble.

  70. cueghost says: May 11, 2014 6:05 PM

    Jerry comes up with this stuff at his place in Colorado!

  71. elitesn88 says: May 11, 2014 6:20 PM

    Haters…..go read about your teams….

  72. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 11, 2014 6:22 PM

    Ha Ha.. Sounds like you are trying to convince yourself J..

  73. myworldurjuslivinit says: May 11, 2014 6:39 PM

    does the NFL mandate drug testing for owners?…jus sayin.

  74. ppdoc13 says: May 11, 2014 6:40 PM

    I think the last face lift was too tight. It is starving his brain for oxygen.

  75. dabubble says: May 11, 2014 6:54 PM

    Well, if he would’ve drafted Michael Sam, I’m sure everything would’ve been different.

  76. sportnorcal says: May 11, 2014 6:57 PM

    I dont even like the Cowboys and still feel sorry for those fans.

    JJ is a buffoon, and does far more bad than good. Sure he wants to win, and the spending helps. But until his ego can learn to step away, hire some football people to run the thing and then ALLOW them to do so, they will never get over the hump.

    He needs to learn to be invisible, too. Look at all the top franchises in the NFL. Do we get daily/weekly quotes and pressers from any of them?

  77. usdcoyotesfan says: May 11, 2014 7:00 PM

    Exactly .500 since 1997.

  78. usdcoyotesfan says: May 11, 2014 7:01 PM

    You’re 133-133 since the beginning of the 1997 season. You’re the most mediocre team in sports.

  79. brend0 says: May 11, 2014 7:01 PM


  80. internetcareer says: May 11, 2014 7:06 PM

    Part of the article must be missing. I was reading about how they have improved and added so much to the team and then the article ended. The part where Jerry talks about the Pro Bowl additions they made in Free Agency must have been left off. The editor also left out the discussion when Jerry explains how Dallas will make up for the 17 sacks which Hatcher and Ware produced. I will keep looking but I have failed to find the rest of the article.

  81. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 11, 2014 7:08 PM

    The offense may actually be slightly better after the draft but the defense was the issue last season and huge question marks remain there.

    Jerry only drafted one impactful defensive player through 5 rounds (back up LB in 4th) and that was DE Demarcus Lawrence. What he can bring has yet to be seen but he should help.

    Jerry lives in his own little world.

  82. romosrevenge says: May 11, 2014 7:43 PM

    “We’re better relative too…” Relative to what again Jerry? Last year’s roster? (Who by the way finished 8-8 again.) And you know this team is better because none of the Draft picks have played a single down in pro ball. Seriously? That is simply a STUPID comment Jerry. No one listens any more Jerry. You are irrelevant.

  83. fmwarner says: May 11, 2014 7:56 PM

    seanleemvp says: May 11, 2014 4:33 PM

    Everyones favorite to “run away” with the division(philly) got beat down in philly by dallas last year and barely beat them when Kyle Orton and the worst defense in cowboys histroy took the field in week 17.

    Slow down there, Tex. If you want to make excuses and say that Kyle Orton (an actual winning NFL QB) playing had something to do with that loss, then you need to admit that the Cowboys’ “beat down” of the Eagles came against Matt Barkley.

  84. SparkyGump says: May 11, 2014 8:07 PM

    As long as people keep handing Jerry their money, Jerry will keep selling them his delusion. Jerry’s never going to change so it’s on all you Cowboys fans to stop buying his line.

  85. zack2482 says: May 11, 2014 8:08 PM

    I love the other dumb NFC East fans….keep doing what your doing Jerry. If I’m not mistaken, the Cowboys swept both the Skins and Giants, split with the Eagles with a franchise worst defense. Shut up already.

  86. elitesn88 says: May 11, 2014 8:16 PM

    This is why we are americas team….because all you losers comment on our team out of jealousy. ..when you care more about our teams news than your own teams…and we dont comment on your teams because we could care less about yours…but everyone cares about whats happening with americas team

  87. fifthmaze says: May 11, 2014 8:32 PM

    The Cowboys are hardly America’s Team anymore. It was fun when they were winning, love ’em or hate ’em…

    But now they are just irrelevant. 8 wins a season? Against who? The Giants? The Skins? Wow.

  88. elitesn88 says: May 11, 2014 9:15 PM

    Nbc….fox….cbs…espn and nfl network all had their top ratings of regular season for a cowboys game…that equals americas team…u on here commenting on our team makes us americas team

  89. denverdude7 says: May 11, 2014 9:20 PM

    7 – 9 at best if they catch some breaks,

    Keep being Jerry Jerry.

    The rest of the league loves it.

  90. orthomarine says: May 11, 2014 10:02 PM


    “Drops Mic”. “Walks off stage”

  91. bryans49ers says: May 11, 2014 10:21 PM

    This is not an honest statement.
    Cowboys will finish last in NFC East

  92. theclink12 says: May 11, 2014 10:35 PM

    No you’re not, Jerrah


  93. letherton says: May 11, 2014 10:40 PM

    It’s all about money. Why spend money to get better players. The stadium will sell out regardless of team wins. 7 and 9 still equals tons of money. Jones wins and fans still back a losing team.

  94. gammynomnom says: May 11, 2014 10:51 PM

    I loved Demarcus Ware and appreciate what he has done for the Cowboys. But they were a terrible defense with him so what did he do to make anyone else better? Say what you will about Romo but the Cowboys have always had really good offense even without running games most years. So Romo actually made the team better. Demarcus did not. Sometimes when you lose a player like that other players step up. Demarcus was also pretty terrible in big games against the Giants over the years. I wish him well in Denver, but he is gone so Next man up!

  95. arnoldziffel says: May 11, 2014 10:56 PM

    Since we’ve just finished the 3-day NFL draft, followed by frenzied free agent signings, it could be said that all 32 teams have improved – at least on paper.

    After this weekend the Cowboys may indeed have improved – at least on paper … but in theory, so have the other 31 teams in the National Football League – at least on paper.

    So potentially – it’s all a moot point – when the tide rolled in – all the boats were lifted.

    Only time will tell if some were lifted more than others.

  96. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: May 12, 2014 3:32 AM

    …better at duping fans into showing up for that garbage! 🙂

  97. NJ49er says: May 12, 2014 3:41 AM

    Sure Jerruh –
    Snyder was the Pre-Season SB Champ for years.
    Only he did it by overspending on FAs.

    You, on the other hand, being the Master Puppeteer, err Talent Evaluator, still believe in paper victories.

    My Draft beat your Draft, nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah.

    Have you seen my sweet Cowboy Bus?

    Always the entertainer Jerruh.
    Keep up the great work.

    At least Manziel would have sold some jerseys for you.
    Better hope your overpaid QB has a back to rely on.

  98. NJ49er says: May 12, 2014 3:56 AM

    Perhaps if you managed your Cap budget beyond Romo you could have entertained some additional FA talent.

    It’s called a roster Jerruh.
    All the good players stay if you pay them properly.

    Then, you have to add Draft prospects to deepen the bench when those starters succumb to injuries.

    You have a lot to learn about the ropes involved with being a qualified NFL GM.

    Keep meddling though, it gives the appearance that you have your fingers on the pulse of a team in need of life support.

  99. igster1 says: May 12, 2014 4:55 AM

    way to go jj why draft a qb when you got the best in tony romo. super bowl for sure.

  100. bullcharger says: May 12, 2014 8:15 AM

    He’ll never learn that talk is cheap. The Cowboys will only be better when their record says they are better.

    Until then, yapping publicly will only add pressure to the team.

  101. bullcharger says: May 12, 2014 8:20 AM

    elitesn88 says:
    May 11, 2014 9:15 PM
    Nbc….fox….cbs…espn and nfl network all had their top ratings of regular season for a cowboys game…that equals americas team…u on here commenting on our team makes us americas team


    The Cowboys certainly are still very popular, but they really stink. You are right that it is why many people comment. It’s fun that they stink after being great for so long.

  102. SAV says: May 12, 2014 8:42 AM

    Cowboys are always a fun product to watch the NFC is just loaded with good young teams right now

  103. wishingtonredslur says: May 12, 2014 9:49 AM

    He feels better than when they “quit” playing last year, right around week 13.

  104. iwearshoesinhentucky says: May 12, 2014 8:37 PM

    So this means the Cowboys will win the last game of their season to go 8-8 and miss the playoffs for a change?

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