Jones Believes Cowboys Can Still Compete For Title

IRVING, Texas – Despite a 2-3 record, a reoccurring penalty problem and a second consecutive loss, owner Jerry Jones still believes the Cowboys can reach the Super Bowl.

Jones said Tuesday morning during his radio show on 105.3 FM "The Fan" that the loss to the Ravens was "terribly disappointing," and he can't defend the lack of urgency in the waning seconds, but he still thinks the Cowboys have the pieces to win it all this year.

Jones referenced the Giants' late run to a Super Bowl last year after winning just nine games, as well as the Cowboys' 1-0 division record as reasons to believe it's possible the Cowboys could still win a title.

"We've got those guys, Giants, coming back in here," Jones said. "We know that's going to be a big game for us. All of those things give us a chance to take a team that is evolving into, if you look at the pluses (Sunday), evolving into a team that can be a team that can compete for a championship. Not next year – this year.

"Let me emphasize that. I'm not into everybody getting better, learning for years to come. It's this year."

Jones said everybody on the Cowboys thought they could and would defeat the Ravens before and during the game. Clock management questions arose after the ending in Baltimore, as the Cowboys let 15 seconds tick off between the final pass play and a missed field goal attempt.

The owner said he liked the final play-call prior to the field goal, although he agreed with head coach Jason Garrett's postgame comments that sending two players on vertical routes could be something to change in future games.

"I think this situation can be corrected," Jones said. "I do know this: I don't know of a time in any coach's tenure here that we haven't had times when we wouldn't want to go back and second guess what we did with a certain amount of time left on the clock."

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