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Today, Jerry Jones says season will be “uphill battle”

Jerry Jones AP

It was only about 24 hours ago that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was talking about the “glitz and glamour,” of his team.

(We just kind of assume at this point he’s always thinking about gloryhole too.)

But today, he was singing a different tune, painting a less shiny picture of what might be about to happen to his team.

At the team’s kickoff luncheon (rarely the kind of event that brings realism, much less pessimism), Jones told his players: “our back’s up against the wall.”

You know that we have an uphill battle this year,” Jones said, via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. “And we do have an uphill battle. But most of you had an uphill battle when you came to camp. Most of you did. And some of you have absolutely rose to the occasion.”

It’s hard to find too many who are optimistic about their chances, coming off three straight 8-8 seasons, with no real improvement to a defense that wasn’t good to begin with.

And the fact Dr. Jones himself is tempering the expectations now shouldn’t be a good sign.

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53 Responses to “Today, Jerry Jones says season will be “uphill battle””
  1. dgimbz says: Aug 27, 2014 4:28 PM

    Every non-cowboy fan is rooting for 8-8

  2. chawkup says: Aug 27, 2014 4:29 PM

    Prepare to be the fall guy Jason Garrett. It’s all your fault.

  3. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Aug 27, 2014 4:34 PM

    All style, no substance.
    All hat, no cattle.
    All profits, no playoffs.

  4. kerzondax says: Aug 27, 2014 4:37 PM

    As my friend used to say to others, “you’re rich so why aren’t you smart”?

  5. orangefist says: Aug 27, 2014 4:39 PM

    This is NOT news.
    I would think even die hard Cowboy fans, must be getting sick of this fool and his inane comments

  6. h3min1230 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:39 PM

    Geez, look at that face.

  7. jdog5428 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:41 PM

    He should just act surprised as if he had nothing to do with putting this team together. That tactic works for Obama all the time for his scandals and incompetence.

  8. goldbloodedindfw says: Aug 27, 2014 4:44 PM

    There he goes trying to be the coach again

  9. dcstinks says: Aug 27, 2014 4:54 PM

    Nah, this season is gonna be fine! Dont quit what you’ve been doing, its been working so far!

    -NFC EAST Fans

  10. babygaga19 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:54 PM

    Just another effort to keep his name in the news. JJ is good at it. Ego Monsteralla!

  11. dalcow4 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:55 PM

    This will be the worst Dallas team in nearly three decades. If they break the 4-win level I will be surprised.

  12. junkmtb says: Aug 27, 2014 4:57 PM

    every year an uphill battle for the cowboys!

  13. scrp2 says: Aug 27, 2014 5:00 PM

    As opposed to a downhill battle the last three seasons.

  14. tvjules says: Aug 27, 2014 5:06 PM

    Does he mean, that 8-8 goal is going to be hard to achieve this year?

  15. joetoronto says: Aug 27, 2014 5:10 PM

    Jerrah has never looked and sounded so desperate.

    Speaking of looks, his face looks like it’s gonna fall off.

  16. shatho1 says: Aug 27, 2014 5:15 PM

    all the haters just need to move on and worry about their own team. at least JJ is admitting to what just may happen this year. who knows though, it could turn out better than expected. who knows what’s in store for the haters teams this year. we’ll just have to let the season play out

  17. iamkillerfin says: Aug 27, 2014 5:21 PM

    8-8 AGAIN!!! Eagles win the division again all because of Garrett & Romo. Till they’re gone the Cowgirls will suck!!!

  18. meseanjackson18 says: Aug 27, 2014 5:23 PM

    Cowboys defense is going to get annihilated this year.

  19. andreweac says: Aug 27, 2014 5:26 PM

    As a Cowboys fan if this team doesn’t make the playoffs then I’m hoping for the worst. This team desperately needs an infusion of young elite talent that a top draft pick at each round provides. That and for the GM to be humbled as to how we ended up with our “defense”.

  20. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Aug 27, 2014 5:37 PM

    Niners 45 Cowboys 10 – season over by 6pm central time 9/7

  21. selliott504 says: Aug 27, 2014 5:39 PM

    Between Pete Carroll saying the Seahawks want to do everything right in terms of the NFL’s no contact rules and Jerry Jones alternating between the Cowboys being a playoff team and an uphill battle, it’s like the inmates are in charge of the asylum. Reality check!

  22. tigerboye says: Aug 27, 2014 5:43 PM

    This is the best comment I’ve ever seen on Profootball talk:

    h3min1230 says:
    Aug 27, 2014 4:39 PM

    Geez, look at that face.

    ___________________________________
    thanks and goodnight Dallas – you suck

    HTTR

  23. utahgetme2 says: Aug 27, 2014 5:44 PM

    Again, how many other team owners are in the press as often as this guy is? How often are Rooney, Kraft, the Moras, etc. in front of cameras? Not often because they realize that they are not the attraction–the players and the head coach are. That’s who the fans care about and want to hear from, not the owner. Fans don’t really care about the owner. Jerrah just cannot seem to get past that point.

  24. gianthater says: Aug 27, 2014 5:46 PM

    Gotta believe they will do better than the jersey frauds. Point no 1, a much better offense. 2nd, what makes the giant defense better than the Cowboy defense? What was the frauds win total last year? Who had a better draft? Id say Dallas. Whats all the worry about? Id say nothing. Its the fans of the frauds who should be concerned.

  25. riggo08 says: Aug 27, 2014 5:51 PM

    I think there are few teams that have disappointed their fans as much as the Cowboys. I would only put the often over-hyped Redskins (Danny Fantasy Football) and Factory of Sadness Browns (boo hoo we lost our team and got a new one and stadium in 2 years) ahead of them….

  26. laserw says: Aug 27, 2014 5:58 PM

    I think we need some clarification.

    Which Jerry Jones is the one making this statement.

    As this is a reference of uphill, that might be geologist Jerry Jones giving his opinion.

    If this is uphill as in a challenge and stressful, then this could be the psychiatrist Jerry Jones offering his assessment.

    If this is about personnel, then it is HR Director Jerry Jones giving the opinion.

    Before we cite what Jerry says, we should know which one of his personalities is offering the assessment.

  27. fordmandalay says: Aug 27, 2014 6:00 PM

    5-11.

  28. purpleguy says: Aug 27, 2014 6:34 PM

    That even makes the humongous assumption Romo stays healthy.

  29. usdcoyotesfan says: Aug 27, 2014 6:39 PM

    Jones is the reason it’s going to be an uphill battle.

  30. xbam1 says: Aug 27, 2014 6:45 PM

    Geezer…

  31. jkast808 says: Aug 27, 2014 6:47 PM

    Like your teams are much better!! ha!!!

  32. governor1883 says: Aug 27, 2014 6:48 PM

    Tough schedule looked like 2-14 until Bradford went down. Now 3-13 looks reasonable.

  33. pacificdan says: Aug 27, 2014 6:51 PM

    I always love the comments from “NFC – East Fans”. As bad as they are, the Cowboys went 5-1 against the NFCE last year. Not sure you have much room to talk.

  34. bubbybrisket says: Aug 27, 2014 6:56 PM

    What does Jerrah know about gloryholes? Is he about THAT life?

  35. steelcurtainn says: Aug 27, 2014 7:05 PM

    Jerrah vs Jerrah is an uphill battle with his team declining yearly.

  36. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 27, 2014 7:15 PM

    An uphill battle this season why? Because the GM once again failed to address major personnel issues. Some pep rally that must have been.

  37. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 27, 2014 7:49 PM

    how bout dem Cowboys

  38. wisconsinhillfolk says: Aug 27, 2014 8:08 PM

    Early. Onset. Alzheimer’s.

  39. alongthegulf says: Aug 27, 2014 8:39 PM

    Nothing Jerry does surprises me anymore. Cowboys fans have had to live with the hype Jerry spews out every year. Too many young fans actually buy his hype every year as the gospel. Jerry is a showman. He believes their is a sucker born every minute, and he’s out to prove he’s right. Jerry also proving that you don’t have to win to pack his stadium and sell Cowboy merchandise. I will continue to be a Cowboy fan. But after after 17 season of pure hype, I’ve learned to tune him out. Nothing he’s ever says adds up to a darn thing.

  40. cavington says: Aug 27, 2014 8:50 PM

    Cowboys are going to be at the bottom of the division.

  41. keifer1751 says: Aug 27, 2014 9:08 PM

    As long as Jerry Jones pretends to be an NFL General Manager, the Cowboys will always have an “uphill battle.” If you are a Cowboys fan, you deserve a much better product. Good luck with that.

  42. bush1069 says: Aug 27, 2014 9:18 PM

    I think one more surgery should do the trick…looking good jerry…just keep running the cowboys and all will be good in the world

  43. ytownjoe says: Aug 27, 2014 9:20 PM

    It’s been an uphill decade.

  44. dynam01 says: Aug 27, 2014 9:22 PM

    They don’t call it Jonestown for nothing.

  45. thereyougo2 says: Aug 27, 2014 9:42 PM

    Watch out.

  46. ceehawkfan says: Aug 27, 2014 10:32 PM

    Jerry, you’ll get up the hill, but will stop at 8-8 again. That’s why you’re for expanding the playoffs!

  47. jerryjonessaidwhat says: Aug 27, 2014 11:24 PM

    Jerry please shut up..even better, please shut up and go away

  48. I'm Judgemental says: Aug 28, 2014 1:29 AM

    Alright, I’m no Jerry Jones fan, but c’mon, that picture is a massive cheap shot. You guys should be better than that…

  49. RegisHawk says: Aug 28, 2014 6:20 AM

    So, this was a depressive day? I guess that means tomorrow will be a manic day.

  50. markdamack says: Aug 28, 2014 8:18 AM

    What’s funny is all these “Oh the NFC East is so excited now!!” comments.

    Remember, we had the WORST defense in the league last year, the WORST defense in the history of the Cowboys…

    and we still went 5-1 in the division, and the only game we lsot, Romo didn’t play…and Kyle “I don’t even want to be here” Orton almost beat the Eagles.

  51. araidersfan says: Aug 28, 2014 8:30 AM

    It won’t be long until Cowboys fans will have fond memories for the recent 8-8 mediocrity. With Jerry getting more senile by the second, Dallas is headed towards the type of perennial wretchedness that the Raiders experienced in Al Davis’ last years.

    Since I never liked this franchise, I can’t honestly say that this future is going to make me lose sleep. And it makes me very happy that Stephen seems to have the same football intellect as his dad.

  52. salmen76 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:51 PM

    The Cowboys will get a rude awakening in week 4 when the Saints come to town and thump them 39 to 13. Ha Ha. Aint it cool? Geaux Saints!

  53. myfriendbobsacamano says: Aug 29, 2014 12:46 AM

    Cowboys finish 2-14, get #1 pick and trade it along with a 3rd & 4 for Peterson, who promptly goes downhill and never gains more than 600 yards in 2015 & 16.

    yay Jerruh !

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