Tony Romo came close to being the hero Sunday in Baltimore. (Gary Cameron / AP)

His team is 2-3, his quarterback fell just short of a heroic effort and there was a fair bit of ineptitude down the stretch, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn’t terribly worried about his 2-3 team.

“I’m sick about losing this game,” Jones said after Sunday’s 31-29 loss to the Ravens (via ESPN). “[But] I feel good about this team. Even though we’re 2-3, I feel good about the way we held up, stayed in there, fought, the way we did some things, executed, the way our offensive line played. There are some things I really feel good about our future with, our future being this year.” 

Still, the Cowboys are where they were a year ago, record-wise; a year ago, they finished 8-8. “I felt we’d be better as a record,” Jones said. “But I will say this: I feel good about our team. I feel good about what we can do as a team. We know how long the journey is here in the NFL. I feel better about our team than I did frankly over the last two weeks.”

The Cowboys finished with 481 yards, but poor clock management and an errant field goal — a 51-yard try by Dan Bailey — contributed to another tough loss. “It’s disappointing,” Tony Romo said as he headed for the team bus carrying a bag of Popeye’s chicken. “It’s just hard when you do a lot of good things well and you don’t come out with a win. Each week is an important, important week in the National Football League. It eats at you and sits in the pit of your stomach when you lose. We’ve got to come back from this and get ready. Now, next week we’ve got to go win a football game.”

And try to forget another instance in which the Cowboys either fell short because Jason Garrett was playing it safe or did not play up to their coach’s smarts, Mac Engel writes

No one expects the Dallas Cowboys to be NASA.

The Cowboys are coached by a Princeton grad, but his team plays sometimes as if it barely finished the seventh grade. As much as his Ivy League education should be a reflection of his own intellect, the way his team plays says something about Jason Garrett. Which is why it does not add up.

Their play is just plain dumb, according to Jean-Jacques Taylor. Under Garrett, the team is 15-14, “the epitome of mediocre.”

Six weeks into the season, the Cowboys are in last place in the NFC East. Ten wins is the magic number to essentially guarantee a playoff spot.


So we’re already talking about Dallas needing to win eight of their last 11 games to hit that number.


Just so you know, moral victories don’t count.

ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano prefers to focus on the bigger picture and is unconcerned that the Cowboys seem to think they have all the time in the world. 

So before you start asking whether Garrett’s job is in jeopardy (it’s not) or crying about poor late-game clock management or looking at the standings and worrying that the sky is falling, it’s important to step back and see Sunday for what it was — a critical and encouraging step in the development of a team that’s thinking well beyond the borders of just one season. Someday, the Cowboys believe, they’ll win games like this routinely. And if they do, part of the reason will be Sunday’s experience, which showed them how they could. 

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