The Dallas Cowboys finished 2015 with the worst record in the NFC, at 4-12, but owner Jerry Jones is of the belief that the team is a lot closer than that record would indicate.
After all, they were without quarterback Tony Romo for 12 games (11 of which they lost) with a pair of collarbone fractures, and star receiver Dez Bryant missed seven games with a fractured foot and ankle issues, and those were just two in an injury-filled season in Dallas.
It’s because of those injuries that Jones believes 2015 was an aberration.
“I have every reason to believe that those guys will and should plan on them coming back healthy,” Jones said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “And with that, we have this defense to where given some winning, rather than losing, like we did last year, that we can evolve into the team I thought we had last year.”
One word Jones does not want to hear is “rebuilding”—but then, Jones has never liked that word. He said recently that if the Cowboys did draft a quarterback, the pick would be a product of where they found themselves positioned in the draft and not out of any pressing need.
“I do feel good. Absolutely,” Jones said. “This is not a rebuild. I just call it just using, if we went that way, the circumstance that having surprisingly gotten up here with that pick that maybe it’s the smart thing to do down the road.”