Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones left this week’s mini-camp feeling pretty good about the team’s chances in 2013. So much so, in fact, that he dropped the C-word, telling reporters that he believes the team “can win a championship.”
Granted, this was no bold guarantee. But Jones believes with the changes made this offseason and an overall healthier squad, Dallas will, at the very least, have a fighting chance against the class of the league.
“I feel like the teams that won championships last year, we could compete with them and we were right there, and I felt like we competed with them even without a full deck,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News, “and so we have confidence that this team will win a championship.”
Jones was quick to note that, of late, Super Bowl winners haven’t dominated the regular season. The Packers (2010) and Giants (2011) were both 10-6. Last year’s champs, the Baltimore Ravens, were 9-7, and narrowly escaped with a win when they met the Cowboys back in week six, 31-29.
“You’re probably not being realistic if you don’t think things haven’t changed in 10 years,” he said, “in terms of, there is probably a lot of people who feel like they have a chance to win a championship based on the level playing field and how the cap has affected our game.
“We really feel like we have an opportunity to compete for a championship. We need to stay healthy and we think we have good football players and we think we’ve improved our team this year. We’ve put some systems in place that benefit our personnel on both sides of the ball and we have a new special teams coach. We expect to get better there. I think everybody has to get better if we want to win a championship and that’s our goal.”
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