Sunday, October 14, 2012
Jerry Jones: I feel good about this team
By Tim MacMahon
BALTIMORE -- Under the current playoff format, only 20.6 percent of teams that got off to a 2-3 start qualified for the postseason.
Jerry Jones is confident that his Cowboys can overcome those odds.
“I’m sick about losing this game,” Jones said after Sunday’s 31-29 loss to the Ravens. “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.”
Jones was especially encouraged with the performance of the Dallas offense, which entered the game ranked 30th in the NFL in scoring.
The much-maligned Dallas offensive line dominated Baltimore’s front seven for most of the afternoon. The Cowboys’ four tailbacks combined to rush for 227 yards, the most ever allowed by the Ravens.
The Cowboys finished the game with 481 total yards, one of the reasons Jones called the performance “probably the best football game that we’ve played this year,” a stretch considering Dallas opened the season with a road win over the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.
While Jones is disappointed with the Cowboys’ 2-3 record, he is far from discouraged.
“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.”