The Dallas Cowboys 2015 season has officially gotten bad enough that Jerry Jones is being realistic.
After the Cowboys’ 28-7 loss in Green Bay on Sunday, Jones was asked if he believed the team would be in the discussion with Carolina and Arizona as one of the NFL’s best teams if Tony Romo had never been injured.
This sort of question plays right into Jones’s famous penchant for wondering aloud and making bold, curious statements, but the owner wasn’t taking the bait.
“I don’t have the heart to put us in with those clubs right now, because I don’t want to—we’ve got more work to do than just get Romo healthy,” Jones told the team’s official website.
Jones’ usual optimism appears now to have been chipped away at this season as the injuries mounted.
On Sunday, he admitted his hope was that at this point in the year, Romo would be back and Dez Bryant would be playing like his usual, dominant self.
Neither of those hopes panned out, of course. Romo got hurt again on Thanksgiving Day, and the struggling Bryant took a step back in Green Bay.
Essentially, nothing has gone according to plan for the Cowboys in 2015.
“My dream was to have a lot of these players that were out early—to have them back right now, peaking. To have Romo healthy, to have that line blocking like at times it did, to have our time of possession where we had it,” Jones said. “It’s inexplicable that we do not have turnovers—or the percentage of turnovers that we have—for how hard we practice.”