ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jerry Jones isn't searching for any silver lining. He's asking for forgiveness from fans.
"I’m embarrassed. Of course I am," Jerry said after the Cowboys' 35-17 loss to the Jaguars. "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."
Actually, the Cowboys are 1-6 unless Jerry has informed the NFL office that he plans to forfeit next week's game in Green Bay. But he was on a roll, so we didn't interrupt him for a correction.
"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," Jerry 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."
I'm sure many would suggest firing Wade Phillips by sundown as the first step. But that isn't going to happen.
It's not that Jerry remains confident that he has the right coach in place. He just doesn't believe a midseason firing would fix anything.
"You all know that I am not in any way for making changes," Jerry said without even being asked about Phillips' status. "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."