IRVING While owner Jerry Jones refuses to predict a Super Bowl run, there is no question he feels good about the Dallas Cowboys' chances of ending their 20-year hiatus from the ultimate game this season.
Jones’ confidence is boosted by the success they had last season in finishing 12-4 before losing in the NFC Divisional playoffs followed by an off-season in which they accomplished almost everything they wanted, save for adding a big time running back.
"I was pleased that everything worked to plan," Jones said.
Jones detailed the highlights of the off-season on his radio on show on 105.3 The Fan Friday morning:
▪ "We were able to extend coach Jason Garret for five years. That was a cornerstone thing."
▪ "I certainly thought the signing of Dez Bryant was critical."
▪ "In between the drafting that we did was significant."
But the most impactful move in Jones' mind might be the signing of defensive end Greg Hardy.
Yes, the same Hardy, who will be suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy stemming from a domestic violence incident with a former girl friend in 2014.
"I would have to say I'm as proud of what Hardy is and that we have Hardy as anything we did in the off-season," Jones said unequivocally.
Jones said he supports Hardy's recent decision to not challenge his suspension in federal court in attempt to move forward and put it all in the past.
Jones said Hardy has been a model teammate teammate since he has been with the Cowboys throughout the off-season and training camp and they can't wait to get his difference-making talents on the field when he returns for the Oct. 11 matchup against the New England Patriots.
"We are seeing an outstanding player and outstanding individual with the Dallas Cowboys," Jones said of Hardy. "He is really impactful to the team right down to a given drill. He really makes a difference out there. He is a star for us. You don't want to not have him.
“But he has given it a lot of consideration. He would like to get it behind him and move on. We will be ready to have him after the fourth game."