OXNARD, Calif. -- Jerry Jones’ mind doesn’t race right to the mid-1990s glory days when he’s asked the last time he was this excited about the Dallas Cowboys’ offense at this point of the summer.
It makes a brief pit stop in 2007, when the Cowboys ranked second in the NFL in scoring and third in total yardage.
Jones has every reason to expect one of the most explosive offenses of his ownership tenure, as long as the Cowboys can keep franchise quarterback Tony Romo healthy.
As Jones said, the Cowboys “enhanced” an offense that ranked fifth in scoring last season by drafting right guard Zack Martin in the first round and hiring Scott Linehan to call plays. Romo has a plethora of playmakers around him, with Pro Bowlers at receiver (Dez Bryant), tight end (Jason Witten) and running back (DeMarco Murray). Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith leads an offensive line that might be the Cowboys’ best since their Super Bowl years.
“With all of that, I do feel very good about it,” Jones said. “I don’t know that you can feel any better.”
Jones mentioned that he was chastised by some in the media seven years ago for stating that the 2007 Dallas offense could compare to those from the Cowboys’ glory years. That team scored 455 points – the second most in franchise history – and won 13 games en route to the NFC East title.
But Jones just briefly touches on 2007 before taking a journey to the glory days, when the Cowboys’ offensive line overpowered opponents and Dallas dominated with a running game and featured Pro Bowl playmakers in the passing game.
“We were feeling pretty good about our offenses then,” Jones said. “But I don’t know other than that time, maybe that ’07 time, that I felt any better about it [than now].”