OXNARD, California – Over the years, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has not been afraid to talk about Super Bowl dreams before a season starts. But as the franchise’s championship drought pushes over 25 years, Jones stayed away from making headlines Wednesday.
It’s still on top of Jones to make it to the Super Bowl LVI.
“I would do anything human knows to get to a Super Bowl,” Jones said. “It’s a fact.”
Jones was emotional on several points at an almost hour-long press conference, starting with when asked how he intends to get the Cowboys back to a time when they won three Super Bowls in a four-year period in the 1990s.
“I’ve always had to be pragmatic at the end of the day, because if not, you end up from the outside and look in. You have to be real,” Jones said. “But on the other hand, I never thought we could not be better or never thought we could make it happen, even when we were not on paper or we were not as technical as good or healthy. But I never thought so, and I have too many examples of how short-handed people have knocked them out of the park before. Many of them. In many different areas.
“I really do not know I have any days or have weeks where I do not think,” There’s a pony in here somewhere. “You have many days where you ask yourself, ‘What are you doing in the middle of this?’ It’s served me well. This is not an ‘I, me,’ but I’ve got a lot of people telling me, ‘you’re naive,’ or say, ‘he’s naive.’ Well, it’s a beautiful world … It’s a better world to be naive than to be skeptical and be negative all the time. “
Jones strangled himself as he discussed former coach Jimmy Johnson’s time with the Cowboys, now that Johnson is on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month.
“Well, I’m just thinking about the big times and Jimmy is a great coach,” Jones said. “Ridiculous. My role here was, my job was to keep it together. It was my job. Should have had a respect for something that worked well. Those are the things that come to me. We had a great run of it. “He’s a great coach and I’m proud to have him as a friend and proud to have had the times we had. We just had a great experience.”
The current Cowboys have missed the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, including a 6-10 finish in 2020 in Mike McCarthy’s first season as a coach. Quarterback Dak Prescott played in just five games due to a compound fracture and right ankle displacement, but he will be a full participant when practice opens Thursday. A number of other key players also missed significant time due to injury.
With Prescott and offensive linemen Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and La’el Collins healthy and the addition of Dan Quinn as defense coordinator, Jones is optimistic about 2021, if not bombastic.
“I think we have a way of making it work great for this season,” Jones said. “You put those two things together and I think we got a chance to be a really good team.”