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Sounding frustrated, angry and perhaps flustered, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show that things will become uncomfortable at Valley Ranch and said changes are coming to his team.
In cutting off a question from one of the hosts during his segment on KRLD-FM on Wednesday morning, Jones said, "I can assure our fans this, that it's going to be very uncomfortable from my standpoint, it's going to be very uncomfortable for the next few weeks and months at Valley Ranch."
With one playoff win since 1996, Jones said he will have to do something "almost unconventional" to break the franchise out of its down cycle.
"But how do we somehow create us an opportunity to kind of break out of this cycle -- drive across the water, if you will?" Jones said. "That's the challenge that I have right now."
There will be changes going forward, either in coaches, personnel or scheme.
"I can tell you change is necessary at 8-8," Jones said, later adding, "Change is in order when you spend the two seasons in a row down to the last two games and lose them, so we're going to have to have changes."
I can tell you change is necessary at 8-8. Change is in order when you spend the two seasons in a row down to the last two games and lose them, so we're going to have to have changes.” -- Jerry Jones
While offering support for coach Jason Garrett, the team owner refused to answer questions regarding defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's status and whether Garrett will remain the offensive playcaller in 2013.
Jones, who has always said he would remain the team's general manager as long as he wanted, would not discuss any possibilities because he has yet to meet with the coaches since Sunday's loss. He said he will seek advice from people outside the organization to help with the evaluation.
The Cowboys finished the season with a 28-18 loss to the Washington Redskins, who advanced to the playoffs. The defeat pushed the Cowboys' record to 8-8 for the second consecutive season. Jones' franchise hasn't reached the postseason the past three seasons, and for the third time in the past five seasons, the Cowboys failed to reach the playoffs because they couldn't win a regular-season finale.
Jones lauded the risk Washington took in moving up to get quarterback Robert Griffin III in the draft and Denver took in signing Peyton Manning, who was coming off a serious neck injury and did not play in 2011 for Indianapolis, but he is not ready to part with Tony Romo.
"This isn't the year and I'm not ready to take the kinds of risk that [Washington and Denver took]," Jones said. "What we need to do is Tony is a tremendous asset and he's an asset that's going to be with the Dallas Cowboys for, as far as I'm concerned, a long time."
Jones wouldn't discuss a potential contract extension with Romo, who enters the 2013 season in the final year of his deal.