Two days later, owner Jerry Jones has yet to get over his disappointment that the Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs with quarterback Tony Romo playing so well.
He reiterated Tuesday on his radio show on KRLD-FM that he thought they were going to beat the Giants Sunday in the winner take all battle for the NFC East title.
“It’s a shame,” Jones said of the 31-14 loss which was the fourth loss in final five games of the season. “It’s so disappointing to have Romo to be the fourth rated passer and not be in the playoffs. It’s terribly disappointing.”
Although Jones acknowledged the Cowboys gave up to many big plays on defense, Jones said the unit ranked 16th in the league and “showed up well enough to be in the playoffs. That’s frustrating.”
Jones refused to call the season a failure.
He said “disappointing was the word for me” because of the moves the team made to improve from last year’s 6-10 team.
He said the Cowboys were improved on defense from 2010. Romo was healthy and the fourth ranked quarterback in the league. He said the offensive line was improved from last year while the penalties and mental mistakes were down.
“You put that all together we should have been in better shape than we were in and in the playoffs,” Jones said.
Jones believes the Cowboys were undone by an inability to close in December largely because they played good teams, gave up big plays and didn’t make enough plays, like two big fumble recoveries they weren’t able to come up with in the Giants game.
“In general, it was disappointing not to be able to have a better December than we had,” Jones said.
The Cowboys were 1-4 in December and January in 2011, bringing their record to 13-19 in the closing months of the season since 2006.