Sunday, October 31, 2010
Updated: November 1, 10:32 AM ET
Jerry Jones wants forgiveness
By Tim MacMahon
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones isn't searching for any silver lining. He's asking for forgiveness from fans.
"I'm embarrassed. Of course I am," Jones said after the Cowboys' 35-17 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. "And, to every fan, I should have and do take the ultimate, ultimate responsibility. I do. That's the way we're structured. That's the way I run it. There's no question that I have the plan and executing it to have the best players and the best coaching that we can have. I'm dumbfounded that we are 1-7."
Jones misspoke during his post-game speech. The Cowboys are actually 1-6.
"You couldn't get me to say it, but you know that I thought we had a team here that could be one of the top competitive teams in the NFL," Jones continued. "I'm very, very, very sorry to our fans. You should have better than this.
"You can tell by the way some of the things that we've done to certainly make the Cowboys everything you want them to be, you should be able to tell that I won't rest until we've figured some things out to get us in a different spot. ... What it is, I don't have that."
Jones addressed coach Wade Phillips' status without prompting after the game. He had repeatedly expressed confidence this season in Phillips, who has a 34-21 record during his four-season tenure in Dallas, but stopped short of doing so again Sunday.
The Cowboys have never fired a coach in the middle of the season and Jones is not considering making Phillips the first.
"I am not in any way for making changes," Jones said. "I have always thought our best chance to win, when you've got three-day weeks and you've got to get ready to go to play a team, the best chance to win was to continue to be coached and continue to do some of the same things. There's not enough time to change."
Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys and Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.