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.