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Leave it to the ever-optimistic Jerry Jones to find the positive in losing a third consecutive de facto NFC East championship game in Week 17. This time around, it was the visiting Eagles who sent the Cowboys home for the offseason with a 24-22 win over their Romo-less hosts. The year before that, it was the Redskins. In 2011 it was the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants.
In Jones’ mind, the fact that the Cowboys stayed so close without Romo (or Sean Lee) against the Eagles can be read as a sign of good things to come.
“I’d like to see how many games we could win if we can compete the way we competed the other night against Philadelphia,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “I think we can have better players on the field than we had against Philadelphia. I think if we can compete with the kind of effort that we made then we’ll have a chance to win a lot of ballgames next year.
“Now, we didn’t win that ballgame and I’m not as disappointed in the game and that specific outcome as I am what happened because of the outcome, which means that we had to go home and we couldn’t play in the playoffs. But if we can compete at the level that we competed this year against teams like Denver--I think we lost five games by eight or nine points--if we can compete at that level, then we’ll have a chance to win more games than we won this year.”
Jones went on to vow that in the coming weeks, he’ll make moves that will result in more wins, but he didn’t get into any specifics.
“I’m not at all satisfied,” Jones said. “But the bottom line is, in my judgments, the better way for us to get to where we’re trying to go, which is more wins, playoffs and beyond, is to do the things you’re going to see me do and us do over the next weeks ahead.”
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