Owner Jerry Jones breathed a sigh of relief that a week of criticism for the Cowboys is over. And with a victory, to boot.
“This has been a hard week for everybody, a real hard week,” he said, alluding to the criticism the Cowboys received from former coach Jimmy Johnson and even a mild rebuke from Roger Staubach. “I think that everybody kept their head down, kept going, and we have something to feel good about, and maybe we’ve gotten out of here on the road and can do something good when we get back home.”
Jones said the disappointment of a 3-5 start was hard to avoid.
“We didn’t expect that,” he said. “So it was just very disappointing. I don’t need to tell you there was a lot of things were negative that were brought up, and I understand, I guess, how those are brought up. But it’s good to see something work and get up here and have a win against these guys, and it makes this past week feel a little better.”
Jones said he was impressed by the way coach Jason Garrett handled criticism, too. Johnson had said earlier in the week that players are motivated by fear, and he questioned whether the Cowboys have that fear in a country-club atmosphere at Valley Ranch.
“He’s a young guy, but life hasn’t been a bowl of cherries for him in football,” Jones said. “So one of the things I expect him to always be able to do is really handle criticism. I think he can handle that talk. He can handle rough. You know, we look at players sometimes and we say that guy can handle hard talk, he can handle hard coaching. I think Jason can really handle hard times and come on out, and he’s got – I know he looks to the long haul. He should be looking to the long haul. He’s a young guy, and he’s got a bright future ahead of him, I think.”
-- Carlos Mendez