Jerry Jones says he has complete confidence that the Cowboys’ coaching staff will make the adjustments needed to rebound from their ugly finish to the regular season. It would be difficult to find many outside of The Star who have that same confidence following arguably the worst game Dallas has played in the last two seasons, a 26-6 loss to the Commanders, who were playing several of their backups.
“I can’t tell you how much confidence I’ve got in Mike (McCarthy) and our coaching staff of being on top of where we are with this team right now,” the Cowboys owner and general manager said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “They’ve got every nuance. They understand every frailty that we might have or we might have shown Sunday. They’ve got everything in their grasp and in their understanding. And I have complete confidence in this coaching staff. It’s outstanding. We’ve got a great chance to go (to Tampa Bay) and have success.”
The Cowboys (12-5) haven’t lost back-to-back games this season, beating the Bengals (12-4), Lions (9-8), Vikings (13-4) and Eagles (14-3) following their four previous losses.
But last Sunday was different. Not only were the Cowboys playing all of their starters, trying to keep their NFC East division title hopes alive, but they looked nothing close to a team ready for the playoffs.
And now they must get ready for a wild-card road game against the Buccaneers and Tom Brady, who they have never beaten in seven attempts.
The goal since the start of the season has been to make a deep playoff run. So, when is the last time a team finished a season so poorly and then went on to at least reach the conference championship game?
There’s not a perfect comparison, but over the previous 10 seasons, three of 40 teams can make a case. Yes, only three. And none are from the NFC.
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