Thumbs up despite being thumbs down on the playoffs. (PAUL CONNORS / AP)

There’s not a chance that Jones the GM will be fired the way Jerry Angelo in Chicago and Bill and Chris Polian in Indianapolis were.

“One of the first jobs of a GM is to have good coaching,” Jones said in a radio interview (via the Dallas Morning News) after the Cowboys finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs. “I think we've got good coaching. I know that they know it can be better, but every team can say that. I look at our coaching and I like it.

“I look at our personnel. We had a total of 71 players on the roster all year, 31 were new players. I look at the mix of players, the veteran, the young player, where we're going to be with our core.

“I know we can do better, but I think there are some positives there.”

And a GM for his team, which has exactly one playoff victory in the last 15 years? Well, that would “deter from the mix.”

“I'd call on the very same kinds of influence and people and the information that someone like Bill Polian does,” Jones said.

“The way we're structured and the way it is, our fans need to understand that I have the ability to go get anybody and any bit of information that there is, sports or football, and I do. I go get it. We get it from a lot of sources.”