Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones spoke on Wednesday about the failed 2012 season and hinted that changes are coming.
“I’m very disappointed. I thought we missed a great opportunity,” Jones said. “I can assure fans that it’s going to be very uncomfortable for the next couple of weeks and months at Valley Ranch.”
Jones added: “Change is necessary at 8-8. A change will happen.”
So, Jones is right, change is needed. Twice in consecutive seasons the Cowboys have been left on the outside looking in at the playoffs. Twice in consecutive seasons the Cowboys could have secured the NFC East title in the final game of the season. Twice the Cowboys have failed and it has apparently struck a nerve with the oft-outspoken owner.
Jones wouldn’t comment on whether Rob Ryan would return as the team’s defensive coordinator, but my gut feeling says unless he gets a head-coaching job somewhere, Ryan will be back. If Ryan chooses not to come back or gets a head coaching gig somewhere, could Jones be hinting to the Cowboys going back to the 4-3 defense?
Let’s face it; it’s going to be very hard to keep Anthony Spencer after this season. This year he only came out and established himself as the No. 1 rated outside linebacker in the league according to Pro Football Focus.
Last season, when Spencer said he wanted to be paid like fellow linebacker DeMarcus Ware, I wrote him off and said good luck. Now that he’s established himself as a force to be reckoned with, someone will pay him. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be the Cowboys.