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Jerry On The Bye Week: It's Time To Pretend

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    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been known on occasion to take a simple point, and transmogrify it into a winding, prolix soliloquy barely understandable to anyone. His interview today with Ben & Skin on ESPN Radio 103.3 FM, it just so happens, was one of those occasions.

    Jones took time, during the interview, to discuss the Cowboys’ us-against-the-world approach to last week’s game against the Texans in Houston, a convincing 27-13 victory. The team would be well served, he argued, if they were able to take such a mentality and carry it through the rest of the season--it’s a valid point. But this point is wrapped in the following, which contains some hypotheticals, some introspection, and a curious but kind of fitting reference to Jimmy Stewart:

    "You know what we're doing?” Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. “We're pretending. I'm pretending.

    "It's a luxury to be able to do it this bye week. And I asked our coaches to do the same thing: 'Let's pretend for a few days here that we're 0-3 and try to run that tape forward and feel how it would feel (to be winless) and how you'd be being criticized.

    "Let's get all that on us because we've got an opportunity to do it. It's like Jimmy Stewart in ‘It's a Wonderful Life.’ You've got a chance now, and then you wake up and say, 'That's not the case, and say, 'Hey, let's go.' That'll cause you to do maybe that little extra thing during this bye week that will help us maybe not have that feeling again.''

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