ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jerry Jones has consistently said he likes the direction of the Dallas Cowboys under coach Jason Garrett, but the owner/general manager called that kind of talk "hollow" after the Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day loss.
The 38-31 loss to the Washington Redskins dropped the Cowboys to 5-6 this season, putting them in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
The Cowboys failed to come back from a 25-point halftime deficit against the Redskins, the fourth consecutive home game the Cowboys have trailed by double digits.
"That would be real difficult right now because you would have to point to things like comebacks, and that's hollow when you are not winning the game," Jones said. "Or last week, we win one (against the Cleveland Browns) and we have to come back to win it, but we don't win it playing well. So that's hollow right now."
Jones noted that Garrett had not "lost the team," meaning the Cowboys continue to play hard. That, however, is meeting minimum requirements, not Jones' expectations for a proud franchise that has won only one playoff game in the last 15 seasons and employed six coaches during that span.
"I don't want to be talking about looking through," Jones said. "Our expectations were to compete for the playoffs and then whatever else we can get when you get there, compete for. We know you've got to be playing well when you get there. We've had some setbacks on some injuries, but that's not the difference out here right now at all."