Jerry Jones: Cowboys can still have 'a storybook finish'

Jerry Jones: Cowboys can still have 'a storybook finish'

Published Dec. 10, 2013 2:24 p.m. ET

Jerry Jones will be obviously be disappointed if the Dallas Cowboys fall short of winning the NFC East after sitting atop the standings for most of the year.

Tuesday morning, the Cowboys owner and general manager explained at length how much he has invested in this season.

"Well, everything we've done this year, there's been no next year for us," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. "The things we're doing, we're doing within the maximum ability we have cap-wise, the maximum ability we have.

"For instance, [Anthony] Spencer, re-signing Spencer to the franchise tag, which is a very costly way of doing that. We felt strongly about that. I look back on it and we had better plans in mind for that front four.

"I thought the adjustments we made in the off-season, [offensively] plus a healthy defense would really make a big impact positively for us. That hasn't worked out, as of right now."

After mentioning the significant injuries the team has suffered on defense, Jones attempted to find some light at the end of the tunnel. Knowing that a frustrated fan base was listening, Jones took a shot at selling some positive thoughts.

"More importantly, we're doing better on our offensive line than we were at this time last year," Jones said. "I think we're better at receiver. We're better at running back. I think our quarterback is having a top year. We got to figure out a way on the other side of the ball. By the way, while I'm rambling around here, our special teams are, I think, better than they were at this time last year. I do see improvement.

"We are certainly here at 7-6 and nobody's grinning about that. That's not what we wanted to be. But we do have the ability to step out here and put two or three games together, make some adjustments, ride that [Tony] Romo, ride that running game and maybe have a storybook finish."