Breer: Disappointment in Big D
"The main thing here is it isn't about five years from now, four years from now," Jones told NFL.com and NFL Network's Albert Breer. "It's about this year. That's the way I addressed the personnel, those were now decisions. (Signing free agent Brandon) Carr's a now decision. For that matter, (trading up to draft Morris) Claiborne was a now decision."
"We had the goods. We had the quarterback, he had the season. We were positioned, in my mind, to go further and really make a run at it," Jones said.
Really? The 2011 Cowboys didn't really excel at anything. It had a mid-level defense and a mediocre offense overall. Even the flashy passing game was barely above average. 8-8 seemed about a game under what we'd expect, although losing four of the last five games was difficult to swallow.
We'd argue there have been far more disappointing years in Jones' tenure:
- 2007: The team finished 13-3, earned the No. 1 seed, dominated the Pro Bowl roster, and didn't win a playoff game.
- 1997: The triplets were still in full effect. They were only three years removed from a title. And they went 6-10!
- 2008: The follow-up to that huge playoff meltdown in 2007 was to go 9-7 and miss the playoffs with the same talent.
- 2006: Bill Parcells' last team outscored its opponents by 75 points, yet only went 9-7 before Tony Romo's famous fumbled snap in Seattle.
- The entire Dave Campo era.