Everything the Cowboys have done since their season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Rams in NFC Divisional playoffs last year was about taking the next step and reaching the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995, according to owner Jerry Jones.
That includes putting coach Jason Garrett on the hot seat in the final year of his contract, firing offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and promoting neophyte Kellen Moore. And one can’t forget about everything the Cowboys did in the free agency and the recent 2019 NFL Draft.
Now that their work is largely done in terms of staff and personnel changes, a desperate Jones expects results and a better finish from a year ago.
“Everything we were about was improving from where we were this year,” Jones said. “There is no reason. There is no tangible reason we shouldn’t be expected to be better than we were last year.”
Jones has a believer in Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, who said on ESPN’s 103.3 FM that the Cowboys had the makings of a Super Bowl team as “all the pieces are in place.”
And while some of the biggest and best moves the Cowboys made with personnel were on defense with additions of defensive end Robert Quinn via trade, safety George Iloka in free agency and defensive tackle Trysten Hill in the second round of the draft, Jones points to the changes on offense as the biggest reasons the Cowboys are ready to take the final step.
He continues to put a lot of stock in Moore being creative and making the offense more unpredictable than it was under Linehan, despite it being his first year of designing and calling plays.
“I think we have (made improvements) coaching wise,” Jones said. “We are going to do that scheme-wise. We are going to have real scheme changes on offense. That is going to improve us. I don’t mean to be trite. We are going to make a big effort to be better offensively. We are going to try to challenge the defense more. We are going to try to expand our options.”