Dallas has gotten off to a 2-3 start this year, including a 31-29 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, where poor fundamentals, time management issues and penalties cost the Cowboys a win.
Despite the rough going so far, though, Jerry Jones said he still thinks his team can bring home the Lombardi Trophy when all is said and done.
Jones gave his team good chances to win it all on KRLD-FM on Tuesday, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas.
"All of those things give us a chance to take a team that is, if you look at the pluses [Sunday], evolving into a team that can compete for the championship," Jones said. "Not next year. This year."
It is hard to say what "pluses" Jones is talking about. In the Sunday loss, the Cowboys were penalized 13 times for 82 yards, marking the third time this season that they have been penalized 13 or more times in a game. Also, head coach Jason Garrett failed to manage the clock wisely when Dallas had the last possession of the game, and star wideout Dez Bryant dropped a two-point conversion that would have tied the game.
Even though the Cowboys are not producing, Jones continues to stick by his roster of underachievers.
"Let me emphasize that. I'm not into everybody getting better or learning for years to come. It's this year," Jones responded when asked if he truly thinks his team can win.
The Cowboys have a huge mountain to climb if they seriously expect to contend for a championship this season, and it all starts with their game against the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.