Jerry Jones admitted that he didn’t think this year’s Dallas Cowboys team had a realistic shot at the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season. But a 7-3 start has changed his mind.
“We didn’t really think that possibly this year might be the year, but you sure can’t dismiss it at this particular point,” Jones said on his KRLD-FM radio show Friday.
“It is great to be 7-3. We’d love to have been 8-2 or better, but we’re not. ... But having said that, I think we’re going to have some fun here in these last six ballgames.”
Jones said that as he answered questions about Tony Romo and why Romo might not get the same level as respect as other quarterbacks in the league, particularly with Romo playing through his back injuries.
The simple explanation, Jones said, is that Romo hasn’t won, let alone taken, a team to the Super Bowl. For that matter, Romo has yet to play in a conference championship game as he has only one playoff victory to his name.
“The reason that anybody, any place could ever be in a negative way critical of Romo is the fact he hasn’t won a Super Bowl, or the fact he hasn’t been knocking on the door of a Super Bowl in a Super Bowl,” Jones said. “And that’s the goal here. And that’s what we should do. We’ve come a lot closer than we’ve been given credit for on knocking on the door with Romo for a Super Bowl.”
Jones pointed to the 2007 season as an example in which Romo had a chance to get close to the Super Bowl with a 13-3 regular season. But the Cowboys lost their first playoff game to the Giants, the eventual Super Bowl champs.
“That’s not very close you say, but certainly we were a game or two away from being in the big one,” Jones said. “So, my point about all this is we need to -- this is a game that, boy, if you don’t get you some action in a Super Bowl from time to time, you’re going to be criticized.”
The Cowboys have gone 18 years since their last Super Bowl appearance in 1995.