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Roger Staubach thinks front office structure should change

IRVING, Texas -- The biggest news of the week is not whether or not Jay Ratliff and DeMarco Murray will play or even practice, but if Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones needs to make some changes to the front office structure.

Jones has said he's not giving up the GM duties, but some fans and members of the media think something has to change. Then former coach Jimmy Johnson raised questions about who was really putting the Cowboys of the 1990s together.

“Jerry is trying real hard,” Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach said Friday on the Mike & Mike Show on ESPN Radio. “He goes back to the old days when they won three Super Bowls. I think the formula is he’s got to find a medium ground and delegate more authority.”

The Cowboys are 3-5 heading into a seemingly must-win game against the Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) on Sunday afternoon, and Staubach thinks the criticism of Jones would only increase with a loss.

“If they’re out of it this year, he’ll continue to get more and more criticisim as far as how he’s handling the team,” Staubach said. “It’s his team. He owns the team he’s passionate about it and I can’t tell him what to do. So I’m just a big Cowboys fan and hoping for the best.”

Staubach, however, still is optimistic that the Cowboys can somehow turn it around under coach Jason Garrett.

“Jason Garrett is going to be a heckuva NFL coach, but right now he’s getting the brunt of it,” Staubach said. “If you go back to Belichick and even Coach (Tom) Landry at the beginning of their careers, it wasn’t always hunky-dory.

“Dallas is definitely having a very disappointing season so far, but it's not over. As you know in the league today with the parity, you can get in the playoffs at 10-6 and maybe 9-7. So I don’t think Dallas is out of it.”