DALLAS (CBS11/105.3 THE FAN) – After missing the playoffs on the final day of the regular season for a second straight season, owner/GM Jerry Jones says changes are coming for the Dallas Cowboys.
"I can assure you guys — I can assure our fans — it's going to be very uncomfortable for the next few weeks and months at Valley Ranch," said Jones on 105.3 The Fan's New School with Shan & RJ.
The Cowboys, behind three interceptions from Tony Romo, fell 28-18 to the Washington Redskins in a winner-take-all game to decide the NFC East Champion. The loss sent the Cowboys to 8-8 and a third place finish in the NFC East. The team has not finished with a winning record since finishing 11-5 in 2009.
"If you don't do something, almost unconventional, then you really don't break out of that cycle," said Jones, who then highlighted the Herschel Walker trade of 1989. "But how do we somehow create us an opportunity to kind of break out of this cycle – drive across the water if you will? That's the challenge that I have right now."
While Jones would not comment on the status of head coach Jason Garrett or defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Jones was quick to support the franchise's all-time leader in touchdown passes.
"Tony is a tremendous asset and he's an asset that is going to be with the Dallas Cowboys for as far as I am concerned, a long time," said Jones.
When questioned, Jones declined to clarify whether or not the team plans to extend Romo's contract when it expires after the 2013 season.
"I'm going to spend a lot of time visiting with people outside of the organization that I have a lot of confidence in that will help us evaluate how to do the things that I know what our fans want to do, and that's not be sitting here at .500," said Jones. "There are a lot of teams that haven't been at .500, but nobody hasn't been at .500 and spent as much cash as I'm spending."