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SportWith Cowboys streaking, Jerry Jones happy to say 'I told you so'

20:40  11 december  2018
20:40  11 december  2018 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Little more than a month ago, Jerry Jones and his Dallas Cowboys were under siege. They were losing games, hearing criticism from many corners after trading a first-round pick for a seemingly underachieving receiver, and even a franchise legend Jones is all too happy to say “ I told you so .”

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Little more than a month ago, Jerry Jones and his Dallas Cowboys were under siege. They were losing games, hearing criticism from many corners after trading a first-round pick for a seemingly underachieving receiver, and even a franchise legend was knocking the team’s owner and general manager.

But now? Jones is all too happy to say “I told you so.”

‘I can’t tell you how pleased I am’

On Oct. 22, Jones woke up at the start of the Cowboys’ bye week with the team 3-4, having lost on the road to Washington the day before. There were once again calls for coach Jason Garrett to be fired.

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That day, Jones made a bold move: he traded a 2019 first-round pick to the Oakland Raiders to acquire receiver Amari Cooper. The price was steep, particularly since Cooper, the No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft, was coming off a disappointing 2017 season and wasn’t off to a great start in 2018 either.

But Jones felt it was worth it.

Cooper learned as much as he could in the week-plus between being traded and Dallas’ first post-bye game, against Tennessee. Neither he nor the Cowboys did much in that Monday night game, with Cooper having five catches for 58 yards and Dallas losing to fall to 3-5.

Since then, however, everything looks different.

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“I can’t tell you how pleased I am from our fans to everybody involved that he is such a complete player for us,” Jones said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “When you see him not make much, not have many plays, not have many targets early and then turn around and change the game like that then you realize what kind of impact that he can have. So I’m proud for everybody out there. The first thing I saw Dak (Prescott) smiling and said, ‘Boy, we like that Cooper, buddy!’

“So it’s a good feeling. That is far cry from a month ago isn’t it on a house cleaning … on a house cleaning.”

Jones laughed when he repeated “house cleaning.”

‘The desire to excel is to show them’

On Nov. 7, after the loss to the Titans, Troy Aikman, who was the quarterback on three Super Bowl-winning teams for Dallas, called out Jones for the Cowboys’ struggles.

And there’s been times where I’ve heard Jerry say, ‘OK, look, we’re going to do it differently,” Aikman said. “‘I’m going to do it differently.’ But it’s the same. Nothing changes. And that to me is the bigger issue, beyond, ‘Yes, coaching’s important, personnel, all those things are important, but how are you going about evaluating? How are you going about running the organization?”

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Aikman said that he spoke to people still at the team facility on a regular basis and added, “In a lot of ways, there’s a lot of dysfunction.”

There may still be dysfunction, but as we’ve seen so many times before, nothing covers it up like winning.

Jones said he understood why others were being critical.

“I completely understand when I was getting criticized and there was talk about cleaning house,” he said. “I completely understood that. You have to win games. Jason Garrett needs to win some games and win some playoff games and he will be thought of in a way that I want him to be thought of as a coach. It’s the same things I have been criticized for. You got to show it. If you can’t do that you are going to always be criticized. You just got stay in there and get with it.”

But he’s happy he’s proving them wrong now.

“I think a big part of doing things with the desire to excel is to show them,” Jones said. “I think that’s a major motivating factor, to show them. I think the way sports and football is — it just gives you a chance when people say ‘I don’t like that move, that’s not smart.’ I like this stuff. As a matter of fact, I make my worst grades when I’m being praised.”

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