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Jerry: "We Can Compete"

Jerry's Cowboys are coming off two consecutive 8-8 seasons

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Jerry: "We Can Compete"

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is doing his best to avoid any lofty predictions, of the sort that he’s been guilty of making more times than we can remember in the past. Instead, when asked about the team’s prospects in 2013, Jones will only allow that he expects his team to be competitive.

The bottom line is we can compete,” Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3-FM The Fan, via ESPN Dallas. “We’ve competed with a lot of the players that we have right now. Over the last two years, a lot of people would say, ‘I don’t call 8-8 competing,’ and they’d be justified in saying that.

“We were real close to getting down there at the end of the year. We were very close to getting in the tournament and doing some good things.

“Now, ‘maybe,’ ‘close,’ ‘hopes,’ all those things, they’re hard to chew after you sit back and look back on it after the season’s over. That’s what we’re trying to reverse.”

It is worth remembering that in each of the past two seasons, Dallas has been competitive, right down to Week 17. But in Week 17, both in 2011 and 2012, the Cowboys lost games that would have sent them to the playoffs and an NFC East crown.

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