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Jerry: Winning Was Easier When I Bought the Team

Jerry Jones says winning is harder now than it was when he first bought the Cowboys in 1989

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    Between the adoption of free agency in 1993, salary caps and league expansion, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said this week that it’s a lot harder to win now than it was when he first bought the team in 1989.

    Dallas, of course, won three Super Bowls in four years in the early 1990s. Since then, though, the team has hovered around .500 and been unable to muster any real playoff success. They haven’t even made the postseason since 2009, under Wade Phillips.

    “Bottom line is, I didn’t get into the NFL--a lot of people say I got in it to coach, and I say that with a wink--the bottom line is that winning has always been everything,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan this week, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “The first night I got a chance to talk about being the new owner of the Cowboys, I said, ‘We’ve got to win, winning is the name of the game.’ That’s really what it’s all about at the end of the day, winning the football game. It never occurred to me that we would have the challenges that we have, winning the football games. I didn’t anticipate this league that we’re in. I’m not critical of it, but boy, is it a balanced league."

    “When you’re sitting here seeing the teams that are about where we are at 50/50 in that range, and you see the teams that right today could easily be the world champions that have records like that, then you realize how competitive it is.”

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