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Will "Accountability" Get Dallas Over 8-8 Hump?

Executive vice president Stephen Jones believes it will

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    In two full seasons as the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach, Jason Garrett is 16-16. No playoff appearances, but two consecutive Week 17 losses in win-and-in games--in 2011 to the Giants and in 2012 to the Redskins. So aside from the obvious personnel changes, what’s going to be different in 2013?

    According to Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, a greater emphasis on accountability.

    Jones said this week that we’ve already seen an example of this, in Garrett’s handling of DeMarco Murray in the dress rehearsal game against the Bengals last Saturday. Garrett benched Murray after he fumbled on the team’s second possession and, when he returned, he went on to score a crucial (and impressive) touchdown on a catch-and-run in the second half.

    I have no issue with that,” Jones said of Murray’s benching, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I think Jason’s a great football coach. I think we’re lucky to have him. I think he gets better every year. I certainly support him.

    “I know Jerry supports him in what he’s trying to get done with this team to make them more accountable and do things that will make the difference in finishing 8-8 versus getting in the playoffs and making noise and ultimately winning a championship.”

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