Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is the world's biggest optimist, but he said Thursday that he's a realist, too. Not only are the Cowboys 1-5 and in last place in the NFC East -- the only team in their division without a winning record -- but they won't have starting quarterback Tony Romo for 6-8 weeks.
The Cowboys began the season with hopes of becoming the first team to host the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Only six games in, that dream is unlikely. Since the current 12-team playoff format was implemented in 1990, no team ever has come back from 1-5 to make the playoffs.
"Obviously, very disappointed," Jones said at a luncheon celebrating the Super Bowl being only 100 days away. "We carefully put together our team, contracts, structured it to we might have a chance to be in the Super Bowl. I know there was a relationship there about being able to play in your own Super Bowl, but believe it or not, I am a realist and I know it’s never been done before. I had that in the proper perspective."
Of their remaining 10 games, the Cowboys face only two teams -- Jacksonville and Detroit -- that currently have losing records. Even getting to .500 will be a challenge for the Cowboys, Jones admitted.
"If you have an appreciation for the talent level of the teams you're playing, the quality of the teams you're playing, then you've got to realize that every part of every game is going to be a dogfight," Jones said. "You look at how close these games are in the best of circumstances, right then you realize that we've got quite a challenge. What I'm realistic about is what a challenge we've got ahead of us. If we can get what we expect out of [backup quarterback Jon] Kitna, then we're up to the challenge."
-- Charean Williams