Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Monday at the Senior Bowl that the New York Giants did what he wanted the Cowboys to do – get hot and get on a roll in time for the playoffs.
“Just like the Green Bay Packers were last year, in a different way,” Jones said. “They’re a real inspiration of, frankly, what I had hoped that we were going to be, and that is a team that had played, had good days and bad days, but then near the end really took off on a run and then really made improvement. They did it, and we didn’t. We went the other way.”
Jones spoke after the first practice for the all-star game, where he and the Cowboys coaching staff watched the workouts.
Jones said the biggest difference for the Giants down the stretch -- when they caught the Cowboys by beating them twice in the last four weeks -- was the play of Eli Manning and the defense, although he praised his own quarterback, Tony Romo.
“We had good quarterback play,” he said. “But I’d say as a team, they just got better and better near the end. Their depth, that’s how I view us. I had counted – we had counted – on getting better, and we didn’t. We went the other way.”
Even if the Cowboys had made the playoffs, Jones said he wonders if they could have matched the level of play the Giants have shown in their playoff victories against Atlanta, Green Bay and San Francisco, two of them on the road.
“We didn’t play good enough to compete or play at this level, and I don’t know what we would have been competing, had we gotten in the playoffs, at the level the Giants are,” Jones said. “I thought Romo was competing at a level that would have given us that opportunity, but the rest of us need to play better and get better before we can be really gelling the way the Giants are.”
-- Carlos Mendez