INDIANAPOLIS – Even if they stand pat, the Dallas Cowboys could field a championship-caliber team next season, owner Jerry Jones said Friday.
“We have a team that can compete for the Super Bowl,” he said.
Told that many observers would scoff at such a statement considering the 2011 Cowboys finished 8-8 after losing four of their last five games, including two contests against the eventual Super Bowl-champion New York Giants, Jones offered an explanation.
“Had you beaten the Giants the first time (in Week 14), is getting to the playoffs competing for the Super Bowl? I think it is,” he said. “I thought the team last year had the talent to compete for the Super Bowl. I believe that. And we fell short of not competing for a Super Bowl by letting the Giants come back at Cowboys Stadium.”
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