While you might have been in your jammies sleeping away, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones was up and about early this morning thinking about the 2013 season.
"Can't sleep, popped up at 4:30 this morning," Jones said on his twice-weekly radio show on KRLD-FM Tuesday morning. "It's just an exciting time to think that we've got the team on the field that we do. This is a big game, we open it up nationally at AT&T Stadium. [It's] almost more than I can handle."
The Cowboys open the season against their NFC East rival, the New York Giants, a team that's won all four games in Arlington. Several Cowboys players dismiss the notion the Giants are 4-0 in their facility as a big deal. Orlando Scandrick and DeMarco Murray claimed they didn't know what the mark was.
The owner understands the pressures that come with trying to fix a team that finished 8-8 the past two seasons. In each of those seasons, the Cowboys had a chance to clinch a playoff berth in the regular-season finale and lost.
Jones, along with his players and coaches, moved on from those games and are now thinking about 2013.
"I think it’s an exciting week," coach Jason Garrett said Monday. "There are a lot of decisions that we have to cut our team down and make trades and put the best 53 guys together and add eight guys to the practice roster. That was a lot of what the last few days have been. That’s an exciting thing. Sometimes those conversations are hard. Sometimes those decisions are hard. But often times they reveal what you think is important in life, what you think is important to your football team. So we try to do that collectively as an organization. We feel good about the group we put together and we’re excited about the opportunity this week."