Jones: Cowboys ‘must be viable’ in playoffs

OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys proprietor and normal supervisor Jerry Jones turns 80 in October. Jones’ group has gone 26 seasons with no Tremendous Bowl and he expresses an urgency when he meets with coaches.

“I advised them I’ve bought a birthday developing right here actual fast and I haven’t got time to have a nasty time,” Jones stated on the group’s opening information convention of coaching camp Tuesday. “It ain’t on my schedule.”

Whereas which may look like a Tremendous Bowl-or-bust message, Jones wouldn’t go that far in figuring out a profitable 2022.

“Nicely, I have to win it. I have to win it, however I will be candid with you, there’s levels. I need to be honest to all people involved,” Jones stated. “We must be within the playoffs. We must be viable within the playoffs for it to be a profitable season.”

Jones stated he feels higher concerning the Cowboys, who haven’t made playoff appearances in consecutive years since 1998-99, on the opening of coaching camp in 2022 than he did final July.

The Cowboys completed 12-5 final season, gained the NFC East however misplaced within the wild-card spherical of the playoffs to the San Francisco 49ers.

Within the offseason, they traded Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns, launched proper deal with La’el Collins and misplaced go rusher Randy Gregory to the Denver Broncos in free company whereas not making any big-name or high-cost additions.

“I knew we have been going to have changes with this group coming into this 12 months. You at all times do,” Jones stated. “However I knew we had a few our greatest photographs on the market financially final 12 months. And so earlier than we even began the season final 12 months I knew we have been going to be making some changes with our gamers this 12 months. We had it teed up fairly good and in my thoughts made a helluva run at it. We bought dissatisfied however we made a run at it.”

Why does he imagine the Cowboys are in a greater place this summer season?

His first point out was Mike McCarthy, who’s coming into the third 12 months of a five-year contract he signed in 2020, and backed his coach as soon as once more.

“I’ll say it yet one more time, this man’s sitting proper right here. The workers he is bought. I just like the workers,” Jones stated. “And I frankly just like the make-up of the gamers one 12 months later that have been on this group final 12 months. And I like the brand new gamers that we introduced on. You say it is laborious to rely on a rookie. A rookie has bother making that sort of impression. We’re contemporary off seeing one have a helluva impression in Micah (Parsons). I do know it will probably occur. Does that occur typically? No, however are you able to get gamers are available in and be actual impactful? That’s potential. We bought a few photographs at that.”

The Cowboys have greater than $20 million in wage cap house, which ranks close to the highest of the league.

“We do have some dry powder if we need to use it,” government vp Stephen Jones stated.

Nonetheless, portion of that cash is presently earmarked for large receiver CeeDee Lamb and cornerback Trevon Diggs, who can signal contract extensions for the primary time in 2023, in addition to another gamers, like proper deal with Terence Steele. With how the quarterback market has ballooned since Dak Prescott signed a four-year, $160 million deal in 2021, Stephen Jones stated the group might have a look at extending the quarterback’s contract as properly.

Whereas the franchise is in its longest Tremendous Bowl drought, Jerry Jones believes the group has had “three or 4,” probabilities in recent times to win a championship. In 2007 and ’16, that they had the most effective document within the NFC solely to lose within the divisional spherical. In 2014, they misplaced within the divisional spherical of the playoffs to McCarthy’s Green Bay Packers. After which there was final 12 months.

“I can reside with the truth that we have been nearer than the zeros we now have in line right here over the past years that you simply’re speaking about,” Jerry Jones stated. “That sustains me. That is meals for me. That retains me going. That is not a loser you are speaking to, although it sounds prefer it. What you’ve gotten is any individual that desires to go once more and appears like we have got the instruments to win it … We gained 12 video games final 12 months. I could not reside with myself if I did not get somewhat little bit of feel-good out of these 12 video games. I perceive the place our followers are. They need to perceive the place I’m. That is not sufficient, nevertheless it’s not sufficient to go once more.”

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