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Jerry Jones Comments on Cowboys, State of the NFC East

Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Arlington , Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
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Tyler ConwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 6, 2017

Booty, booty, booty, booty, rockin' everywhere. These words made famous by Southern hip-hop legends Bubba Sparxxx and the Ying Yang Twins, may also now be applied to describe the mindset of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who offered this unique take on where his team stands heading into 2016. 

"I'm looking up, on my back and all I see is ass," Jones said Tuesday of his team's position in the NFC East, per Jordan Raanan of NJ.com.

Jones' Cowboys went 4-12 this past season, dropping from first to last place in the division. Quarterback Tony Romo was limited to just four starts because of multiple shoulder injuries, wideout Dez Bryant was injured throughout his nine-game campaign and the offense fell off a cliff amid a sea of bad backup signal-callers.

Meanwhile, Jones watched as rival Washington won the division with a 9-7 record and seemingly settled on a long-term option under center in Kirk Cousins. The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles remain in organizational upheaval—both head coaches, Tom Coughlin and Chip Kelly, respectively, departed, and the teams haven't hired replacements—but they have talent and finished well ahead of Dallas in the final standings.

The Cowboys have apparently decided to stick with head coach Jason Garrett and his staff going into 2016, per Jones, via the team's official site. However, Jones said he wants a different mindset from his team going forward.  

"I do see opportunity though," Jones said, per Raanan. "But I want a different view and that will ring and intertwine through every meeting, every personal visit I have with everybody involved with the Cowboys. I want to see a different look."

Despite their record, the Cowboys have every reason to be optimistic.   

Dallas was 3-1 in games started by Romo. The quarterback turns 36 in April and has a history of shoulder issues that predate 2015, but he played in at least 15 games each of the previous four seasons. The 2014 campaign also saw him put together the best all-around numbers of his career, so there's little reason to believe he's due for an age-related skill atrophy.

Bringing Bryant back at full strength will also help matters. He was limited by a foot injury whenever he was on the field and underwent successful surgery in early January to fix the problem. Given a full offseason to recover, Bryant and Romo should come back at full strength in 2016 and put Dallas back in the NFC East hunt.

Until then, though, booty will indeed be rockin' like it's 2006.

 

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