Jerry Jones: No reason Cowboys shouldn’t be better than last year

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The Cowboys won the NFC East last year, but Jerry Jones wants more than just a division title this year.

Jones says the Cowboys ought to be better than they were in 2018, which suggests he’s expecting better than 10-6 and advancing further than the divisional round of the playoffs.

“Everything we were about was improving from where we were this year,” Jones said, via the Star-Telegram. “There is no reason. There is no tangible reason we shouldn’t be expected to be better than we were last year.”

The Cowboys haven’t advanced past the divisional round since 1995, which is the last time they won the Super Bowl. Jones sounds like he’s putting pressure on coach Jason Garrett and everyone else on the team to finally take another step in 2019.

68 responses to “Jerry Jones: No reason Cowboys shouldn’t be better than last year

  1. He’s sorta right. There’s no single tangible reason they will go 8-8 next year. There are a myriad of reasons.

    However, it’s a lock that with Jerry running the team, the almost 25 year long relentless pursuit of mediocrity will continue.

  2. Dallas only got in because Alex Smith got hurt…plus you think Zeke doesn’t know what’s going on…? Dallas drafts 2 running backs as Zeke is due for a new contract…? Zeke, Cooper, Dak, B.Jones, Collins…may have some “business decisions” they need to think about…

  3. Another reason they got the NFCE was their div rivals were surpisingly poor, and of their other results they got only one W against a 2018 playoff team – a narrow 3pt home win over the Saints (which SB Nation called the messiest, ugliest NFL game of the season). Then the Boys only squeaked their home wildcard game by 2pts because Seahawks’ Janikowski went off with what was ultimately a career ending injury. Doesn’t seem much like 2018 was a step towards glory.

  4. Hey Jerruh…..
    You’ve not won the NFC bEAST twice in a row since 95/96…. haven’t made the playoffs twice in a row since 06/07..

  5. They should be better but they won’t. Traditionally the Cowboys follow up every good season with a bad and this is their year to be bad.

  6. The Eagles are the reason you won’t be better, because they have gotten better and they also went to the 2nd round last year unlike the one and done division champion cowboys

  7. The Cowboys are doing alright. There’s one team in the NFL that gets to the super bowl almost every year, and they seem to have a different challenger every year. Let’s see if one of the other 31 can be a mainstay. Belichick and Brady have figured out something nobody has been able to master. The Cowboys seem like one of a small handful of teams that are being built to last. They’re knocking on the door.

  8. Unless Dak has dramatically improved his passing accuracy, the best Cowboy Nation can hope for is a first round playoff win and maybe a divisional win every few years.

  9. Jerry Jones: No reason Cowboys shouldn’t be better than last year
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    I would bet Jerry Jones will be the reason the Cowboys will not be better than the last SEVERAL years. He’s the constant.

  10. It has taken Jerry 10 years to, maybe, finally realize that we are going nowhere with Garrett as our coach……smh….His seat is HOT 🙂 I hated the hire and I do not think I have been proven wrong!!

  11. Don’t all teams feel they “should” be better? Nobody goes into a new season with the goal of being worse! But things happen. Injuries happen, rival teams get better. One thing Dallas has proved over the years is that “when healthy” they’re a pretty good football team. But under Jerry Jones, they’ve been unable to overcome injuries (and suspensions). Even Cowboy fans would have to agree with that. 3 years ago Dallas went 13-3 with a healthy roster. The following year Elliot gets suspended, Sean Lee & Tyron Smith get hurt for a few games and they finish 9-7 and don’t make the playoffs. Meanwhile the same year, the Eagles lose Wentz, Sproles, Peters, Darby, Hicks, finish 13-3 and win the Super Bowl.
    My point is that it’s not about building a team of superstars. It’s about building a team with depth that can overcome inevitable injuries. Something my Eagles did 2 years ago but failed to do last year. Something the Cowboys haven’t been able to do since the 90’s!

  12. You damn well better believe you should be better and players need to know that is what is expected from day 1. Without legitimate goals to hold them to then mediocrity becomes the norm. Am I right Giants and Redskins fans?

  13. owlbania says:

    Nyear they’ll be better, I think we’ve been hearing that from Jerry for 20 some years.
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    You hear it from every owner and GM every year.

  14. There is reasons Cowboys will not be as good as they were last year.

    1. Their key players may not have good a year
    2. They have a tougher schedule
    3. Eagles may rebound and have a better record and win the division.
    4. Washington will be tougher opponent with their new QB and give the Cowboys tougher games.
    5. Giants may be tougher opponent than last season.
    6. injuries.

  15. How about the fact that your quarterback just isn’t that good? That’s one reason to expect to not get better this year. Glad I could help.

  16. jrbtoo says:
    May 2, 2019 at 8:10 am
    The Eagles are the reason you won’t be better, because they have gotten better and they also went to the 2nd round last year unlike the one and done division champion cowboys
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    Ummm, they lost in the 2nd round to the LA Rams last year.

    Try to keep up.

  17. I love how all these clowns are saying the Cowboys are just an 8-8 team, stop smoking your socks people, their record the last 3 years has been: 13-3, 9-7 & 10-6.

    Where do you see 8-8?

  18. If he were smart – next season, head coach Lincoln Riley. And a football GM. No Jones boys allowed – looking at you, Jerruh and Stephen. Go make Jimmy Johnson an offer he can’t refuse. Or somebody that can control things.

  19. Cowboys would be dumber than dumb if Elliott for some reason is not paid. Running backs that good, just don’t fall off of trees. They got other backs because you can’t keep abusing Zeke like that every season.

  20. This is more of a message for Jason Garrett rather than for Cowboys fan. Do better than last year or else your job is on the line and it was nice having you for as an assistant and now head coach for over a decade with zero achievement during that timeline

  21. “The Eagles are the reason you won’t be better, because they have gotten better and they also went to the 2nd round last year unlike the one and done division champion cowboys”

    Didn’t Dallas beat the Seahawks in the wild card round?

  22. “Jerry Jones: No reason Cowboys shouldn’t be better than last year”

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    Well Jerruh, there’s you. Then there’s Garrett. And this year you play a 1st place schedule. So there’s three reasons. How many more would you like?

  23. The Eagles are the reason you won’t be better, because they have gotten better and they also went to the 2nd round last year unlike the one and done division champion cowboys
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Ummm, they lost in the 2nd round to the LA Rams last year.

    Try to keep up.

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    Don’t forget they only went that far because the Bears missed a field goal!!

  24. Offseason is all about selling hope, the owners are like carnival barkers this time of year. Heck the Browns are talking Super Bowl…

  25. Garret is the same torture as Marvin Lewis and Jeff Fisher, it looks okay from the outside but they just don’t have it to push a team over the top to really compete in the league. They win enough games so that the (de-facto coach, stupid and/or cheap) owner who won’t get rid of them, then it is the inevitable “next year” repeat, rinse and more mediocrity. The best thing the NFL could have done was to force Jerry to sell the team when they had the chance.

  26. Good luck with that. If anything they over achieved last year. I don’t think anyone except homer Cowboy fans excepted them to make the divisional round after that losing streak last year.

  27. charliecharger says:
    May 2, 2019 at 8:15 am
    The Cowboys are doing alright. There’s one team in the NFL that gets to the super bowl almost every year, and they seem to have a different challenger every year. Let’s see if one of the other 31 can be a mainstay. Belichick and Brady have figured out something nobody has been able to master. The Cowboys seem like one of a small handful of teams that are being built to last. They’re knocking on the door.
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    They may be knocking on the door, but nobodies answering.

  28. Garrett does a great job of chewing gum and clapping at the same time. Prescott is very, very good when target is less than five yards down field. Witten is back with a new haircut

  29. Cowboys haters will always be Cowboys haters. It just a fact of life. Nothing the ‘Boys do will be right in eyes of the haters. I just laugh at the haters.

    The Cowboys have come to the conclusion most games are won at the line of scrimmage, both offensively and defensively. The Cowboys have been building the OL for years. The last few years it been the DL. Now the ‘Boys are adding pieces to both lines. Personally I love what the ‘Boys are doing.

    Haters will comment the ‘Boys aren’t adding big name flashy additions. You don’t have to add ‘flashy additions’, just solid players who contribute. The core players are there already. The ‘Boys may add a player here or there. That’s only natural.

    The ‘Boys are set to make another run at the playoffs. Looking at the draft, the Redskins have improved. The Giants have improved slightly. The Eagles, not so much. The NFC East is always a dog fight. I expect the same this year.

  30. I love how all these clowns are saying the Cowboys are just an 8-8 team, stop smoking your socks people, their record the last 3 years has been: 13-3, 9-7 & 10-6.

    Where do you see 8-8?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Over the past 20 years you will see a number of 8-8 seasons, That’s what the clowns are referring to. You must have a short memory and can’t recall beyond 3 years or just remember
    what you like too ( like most Cowboy homer’s ).

  31. charliecharger says:
    May 2, 2019 at 8:15 am
    The Cowboys are doing alright. There’s one team in the NFL that gets to the super bowl almost every year, and they seem to have a different challenger every year. Let’s see if one of the other 31 can be a mainstay. Belichick and Brady have figured out something nobody has been able to master. The Cowboys seem like one of a small handful of teams that are being built to last. They’re knocking on the door.

    The second to last line couldn’t be further from the truth. Super Bowls are won by teams with better than average QB play and strong line play on both sides of the ball. The boys have neither. Their lineman can;t stay off the suspended list, then they go and draft another head case this year.

    Sorry, I strongly disagree.

  32. After the draft, it’s like Opening Day in baseball. Every team looks better on paper and they are counting on unknown quantities to emerge and play to their fullest potential. History shows otherwise and some players do and other players don’t but on average, you might expect to get better if you have a larger amount of draft picks and with the Cowboys giving up their first rounder and drafting later in each round, chances are against them.

    It would help if the Cowboys has a real GM and despite Jerry’s illusions, he is lacking in player evaluation and you only need to look at the last 20 years to draw that conculsion.

  33. The Cowboys need a QB. Dak isnt that guy, he’s an average QB and they’re not going to go very far until they get a gifted QB who can take them there. If they stick with Dak Prescott then the Dak Prescott era will be very similar to the Tony Romo era, he’ll win a division titles getting them to the wild card or divisional round of the playoffs before they’re quickly booted, Prescott just isnt good enough to get you much rather than that.

  34. The Cowboys may have overachieved last year. But they do play in the terrible NFC East. So they got that going for them.

  35. kfoyo808 says:
    May 2, 2019 at 10:03 am
    Go make Jimmy Johnson an offer he can’t refuse.
    ++++++++
    Is this because he did so well in Miami?

    I think the better answer here is to get the Vikings to give 23 players for Ezekiel Elliott.

  36. Another thing these morons like to post all the time is that Dak sucks or Dak is an average q.b.
    The guy has won 33 games as a starter in 3 years, that’s an average of 11 wins per season and has been in the playoff’s 2 out of 3 seasons as a starter and it would have been 3 years in a row if not for that bogus suspension that Zeke got in 2017.

  37. stucats says:
    May 2, 2019 at 4:11 pm
    Another thing these morons like to post all the time is that Dak sucks or Dak is an average q.b.
    The guy has won 33 games as a starter in 3 years, that’s an average of 11 wins per season and has been in the playoff’s 2 out of 3 seasons as a starter and it would have been 3 years in a row if not for that bogus suspension that Zeke got in 2017.
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    You’re right, but you miss the point, Elliot is the player opposing teams worry about, without him Dak and Dunk is exposed as a slightly below average QB!

  38. Everyone has to get their automatic Jones/Cowboys jokes out of the way, but he’s right. It was already a solid roster and it’s only better now.

    That guarantees nothing, of course, but this is a solid team, period.

  39. D1442zzx says:
    Over the past 20 years you will see a number of 8-8 seasons, That’s what the clowns are referring to. You must have a short memory and can’t recall beyond 3 years or just remember
    what you like too ( like most Cowboy homer’s ).
    ++++++++
    The Cowboys went 8-8 in ’11, ’12, and ’13. These are the ONLY seasons they were 8-8 since 2000. Not sure what that says about your memory or bias.

    Since 2000, they’ve had 9 winning records, 3 8-8 records, and 5 losing records (2 of which were partial seasons and final years of Aikman/Romo).

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