Jerry Jones addresses team

IRVING -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones addressed the team this week, according to coach Wade Phillips, who was speaking to the New York media via conference call Wednesday. Most of North Texas is focused on the Rangers-Yankees game this afternoon in the Bronx, but Phillips did hold a practice at Valley Ranch.

"I am just saying he was pretty positive," Phillips said of Jones. "But he knows, like we all know, we had high expectations and we haven’t reached that. But we still have a chance. This season is not over."

Jones said on his weekly radio show Tuesday that the Cowboys are much better than a 1-4 team. It was a much more optimistic tone than he set Sunday following the Cowboys' 24-21 loss to the Vikings. Quarterback Tony Romo told the New York media Wednesday that Jones' optimism is contagious.

"Jerry is great," said Romo. "I couldn’t imagine having another owner. He is so positive and optimistic and it just trickles down to the rest of the organization. There’s a reason why he has been so successful as an owner in the NFL and his teams. He has great wisdom and he has been through a lot in his life and been through a lot as an owner of this team. It’s great to hear from him."

I wonder what Giants coach Tom Coughlin would think of John Mara addressing his team during a rough stretch?