Jones: Cowboys need to play more like Giants down the stretch
- Published: Jan. 23, 2012 at 11:37 p.m.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Monday that he admires the way the New York Giants managed to peak at the right moment, and he wishes his club had done the same.
"(The Giants are) just like the Green Bay Packers were last year, in a different way," Jones said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Theyíre a real inspiration of, frankly, what I had hoped that we were going to be, and that is a team that had played, had good days and bad days, but then near the end really took off on a run and then really made improvement. They did it, and we didnít. We went the other way."
The Cowboys lost two games with the Giants in the last month of the season to finish 8-8, while New York won the NFC East with a 9-7 record, then went 3-0 in the NFC playoffs for the second time in five years.
Speaking to reporters after the first practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Jones singled out quarterback Tony Romo for praise, but said the rest of his team fell short.
"We had good quarterback play," he said. "But Iíd say as a team, they just got better and better near the end."
Jones didn't sound confident that the Cowboys could have done much even if they had made the playoffs.
"We didnít play good enough to compete or play at this level, and I donít know that we would have been competing, had we gotten in the playoffs, at the level the Giants are," Jones said. "I thought Romo was competing at a level that would have given us that opportunity, but the rest of us need to play better and get better before we can be really gelling the way the Giants are."