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November 15, 2013

Jerry Jones hasn't recovered from Saints blowout, as it got his attention but playoffs still the focus

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admitted Friday on his radio show that he still hasn't recovered from last Sunday's 49-17 blowout loss to the Saints.
"That was a rough one in New Orleans," Jones said with a sigh as he opened his radio show on KRLD-FM. "We have not (recovered). That was one that should and will hang with us a little while. Unlike those one- or two-point losses, it's one that should get your attention."
Jones has his eyes wide open but also doesn't think the Saints game is truly representative of the Cowboys this year.
He said the Cowboys were severely impacted in that game by the injuries on defense and feels they will play better when some of the players return.
He also said the offense is much better than it showed against the Saints when quarterback Tony Romo passed for just 128 yards and the Cowboys were 0-for-9 on third downs.
"What is representative of our team is some of the early games we had than this past Sunday," Jones said.
The Cowboys' always optimistic owner acknowledges, however, that work must be done during this week's bye if he hopes for a happy ending to the 2013 season.
He said coach Jason Garrett, offensive coordinator Bill Callahan and Romo are hard at work evaluating and making adjustments to improve the slumping offense, namely fixing their problems on third down and finding ways to get receiver Dez Bryant and tight Jason Witten the ball and away from double teams.
"I don't think we are far away, an adjustment here and an adjustment there," Jones said. "I think they are making adjustments that are called for."
Jones acknowledges the defense will still be challenged because the loss of middle linebacker Sean Lee for next two or three games and the offense must pick up the slack to "keep the defense off the field. It needs some help."
Jones said he will spend the bye week watching football, particularly the NFC East games. He will play close attention to the battle between the Redskins (3-6) and Eagles (5-5), who are tied with the Cowboys atop thee division. The Giants (3-6) also have a winnable game against Packers, who playing without their quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and could be one game back when the Cowboys face them Nov. 24 following the bye.
And as much as he's disappointed in the team's play against Saints, he said the season-long goals are still out there for the Cowboys to achieve: win the division, make the playoffs and go from there.
"We got six more games," Jones said. "It's before us if we want to take it. That's the way we should look at it. It would be wrong to look at the past weekend and count it out and say, 'That's the way we are'."
 
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