Jerry Jones has gotten plenty of blame for the Cowboys' 3-5 start. Jason Garrett was booed at the last home game. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant have been targets of the fans' wrath, too. But executive vice president Stephen Jones said the finger can be pointed at him, too."You got to have thick skin to work in this world,” Stephen Jones said on KRLD-FM. “At the same time, they’re being critical of [Jerry Jones] and in my mind, they’re being critical of me. I talk him into a lot of the things and work with him and suggest a lot of the things that we do that he gets the blame for. I guess because I’m the backup quarterback, if you will, then I get a pass on all of it, which it shouldn’t be. …I know people may think that Jerry just sits up there and puts his thumb in the air and says, 'This is what we’re going to do.' But it’s far from that. I’m very, very involved, and I have a big influence.
“Obviously, Jason [Garrett] is, obviously Tom Ciskowski and our scouting department is. There’s a lot of influence that goes on and rarely is there a situation that there’s not a consensus derived. On the very few times that we just can’t come together on something than he’ll be the tiebreaker on it.”
Jones, though, said the Cowboys aren't far away from being a good team and are headed in the right direction.
-- Charean Williams