"To be honest, I don't deal with windows," Austin said Wednesday on NFL Network's "Inside Training Camp Live." "I deal with the field. That's all I deal with. I just try to do my job."
Jones is nearly 70, so his words were understandable from a personal standpoint. Father Time eventually closes all our windows, ventilation freak that he is. But Austin and the Cowboys shouldn't be consumed with the idea that Week 1 commences a do-or-die operation.
Every roster has players on the outer edges of their usefulness, but the core stars of the Cowboys -- Tony Romo (32), Dez Bryant (23), Jason Witten (30), DeMarcus Ware (30) and, yes, Austin (28) -- are all squarely in their prime.
Jones backed off his comments this week, humorously stating he's closing the window on "closing the window" talk. One can only hope.