Jerry Jones doesn’t see 2-2 talent when he looks at the Dallas Cowboys’ roster.
That, however, is the Cowboys’ record as they come off a bye and enter a potentially season-defining stretch of four road games in five weeks. And not even someone as optimistic as Jones can argue that the Cowboys have looked better than a .500 team, considering that their two losses were lopsided.
“We’ve got to play better,” Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM. “And if we play better or play where I think we’re capable of playing ... I’m disappointed that we’re not putting more points on the board. I’m disappointed that we’re not getting the turnovers. All of that tells me that at 2-2, we’re in pretty good shape, considering the way that we’ve played.
“I’m not saying we’re lucky to be 2-2, but we haven’t played any better than 2-2. We can play better, though. That’s the good news.”
Jones noted that the Cowboys are in relatively good shape in the NFC East, where they’re a half game out of first place and a half game out of last place, with a home game remaining against the New York Giants and two games apiece against the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins still on the schedule.
The biggest concern for the Cowboys is the poor performance of their offensive line. Coach Jason Garrett has said he doesn’t plan to shake up the starting lineup, other than possibly Phil Costa returning as the starter at center with replacement Ryan Cook dealing with a strained hamstring, but Jones hinted that guard Derrick Dockery could get playing time.
The general manager doesn’t envision making any major midseason roster moves.
“We’ve got to play better from within,” Jones said. “It’s across the board. It isn’t in just one spot. It’s across the board. I emphasize the interior blocking offensively, but we’ve got so many other areas too that we can play better in. But that’s football.”
Football around these parts for the last 15 years has been .500 teams that the owner/general manager considered contenders.