Jones: ‘Fragile’ Cowboys needed a lift

Who knew the Cowboys were such gentle souls?

That was the feeling of owner Jerry Jones, who worried about his team’s mental state after rookie kicker Dan Bailey missed a chip-shot field-goal attempt early in Sunday’s 27-24 overtime victory over the 49ers.

“At that juncture, we’re too fragile, and we’re still fragile,” Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Monday. “I underline the word fragile. We’re still a fragile psyche with our team. Up and down all the way through me.”

This is the Dallas Cowboys, people. “America’s Team!” A living metaphor for our country’s swaggering and indomitable spirit. Fragile? We’re underlining fragile? Say it ain’t so, Jerry!

“This is all with a backdrop with what happened to us last year and with the slow starts,” Jones said. “I heard the commentators talking that this team really needs a win bad. The Dallas Cowboys need a win, and we need it early. We didn’t need to get back in some of that we experienced last year. Because it’s almost like slipping on a rut. We’ve seen the rut.”

Kidding aside, Jones has a point. The Cowboys started 0-2 last year and were 2-7 before you could say “Jerry World.” After a brutal Week 1 loss to the Jets, the Cowboys needed a confidence lift. They got just that, and head into Week 3’s Monday night showdown with the 2-0 Redskins in a much healthier place.

— Dan Hanzus

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