Jason Witten: Nonbelievers 'get out'

Updated: October 19, 2012, 10:58 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

Despite the team's 2-3 start, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said he has no problem with owner Jerry Jones' comments that they should compete for a championship this season.

Earlier this week, Jones said on his weekly radio show that the Cowboys are "evolving into a team that can compete for the championship. Not next year. This year. ... Let me emphasize that. I'm not into everybody getting better or learning for years to come. It's this year."

Witten believes Jones' talk is spot-on, and that the owner isn't putting more pressure on the players heading into Sunday's game at the Carolina Panthers.

"Yeah, every man in this room should believe that," Witten said. "If you don't, get out of here. But you have to go prove it every week. A lot of games we've done good things and a lot of things we have to improve on. Absolutely. Did the Giants think it at 7-7? That's the way this league goes. I'm not saying that's the formula for doing it. You have to still win games. Let's get it corrected. We feel we have the men in this room who can do it. Now you have to go show it."

Despite the Cowboys' clock-management issues at the end of last week's 31-29 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on a missed last-second 51-yard field goal attempt, Jones said he saw many pluses -- "things we can win with in the future."

"I think he's trying to be optimistic," Witten said. "I think he watches the tape and sees that we're doing a lot of good things. I don't think it's more than that. I don't think he's trying to build us up or anything like that."

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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