Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is admittedly disappointed in his team's 3-4 record seven games into a season he openly hoped would end in a Super Bowl trip for the first time since the 1995 season.
But he says there is plenty of time left to correct things and he is not discouraged. He also said he still has faith in coach Jason Garrett.
"Well, I'm sick," Jones said on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan KRLD-FM on Tuesday morning. "It is just very disappointing. I'm very disappointed, but not discouraged at all. I have a lot of confidence in Jason Garrett and I have a lot of confidence in our coaching staff. I know that we're continuing to make improvement in all these areas."
Jones also refused to second-guess Garrett's play-calling in the final 2 minutes of the game when Garrett called three consecutive passes after having a second-and-1 play at the Giants' 19-yard line. The first two were incomplete and the last one was intercepted on fourth down.
"The day was clearly oriented for us offensively to throw the ball," Jones said. "The defense was not giving us anything. I have no quarrel with those calls there. We changed a play. We did have an option to run the play. If they had lined up differently, we could have run the ball. But under the circumstances, the way they lined up, I don't second-guess the call."
Jason Garrett doesn't usually get into the ebbs and flows about the importance of a particular game each week.
But with the Cowboys carrying a 3-4 record and seemingly on the brink of letting the season slip away going into Sunday's game at undefeated Atlanta, Garrett acknowledged that this is a crucial game for him and his team.
"There's a tremendous amount of urgency for what we're doing," Garrett said. "Each week's game is critical. This is a big game for us."
Jerry Jones wasn't happy about being booed by the fans during Sunday's 29-24 loss to the New York Giants.
Jones is not upset with the fans because he has been to boo school before.
"First of all, they teach you, don't ever walk into another sport or another venue and be introduced -- a basketball game, a baseball game or what have you -- because if a boo starts it's going to be pretty good, so don't do that," Jones said on his radio show.
"Why'd I even go to boo school? Certainly, in 24 years I've experienced boos. But the other thing is, we all know that for whatever the reason, we put it up on our screen and we also had Jason [Garrett] up there and I'm not sure if Tony [Romo] was up there or not, but that gives a good opportunity to create some kind of reminder that we're not playing well, and those are the people responsible for not playing well.
"I accept that and I understand it. I'm not saying that it doesn't hurt to get booed, but that just goes with it."
Clarence E. Hill Jr.