The Cowboys hope DeMarco Murray can return this week against the Philadelphia Eagles, which should help the running game simply because it cannot be worse. The Cowboys hope Tyron Smith can come back to play left tackle this week. They hope Jay Ratliff can return from a groin injury. They hope Miles Austin's hip flexor/low back strain will be OK. They hope Mike Jenkins can play the slot cornerback role.
That's what this season has come down to: hope.
Cowboys fans, dwindling as they might be with more than a decade and a half of so-so football, have to hope Jerry Jones does not get fooled again.
8-8 and out of the playoffs in 2011. It'll be a challenge to repeat that record this year. It is what it is. Hope doesn't win championships. Mediocrity has been Jerry Jones legacy post Jimmy and it will continue if he remains stubbornly wanting to call the shots on the football side.
"I could've done a $2 billion takeover (in another industry) with the capital I put in the Dallas Cowboys," he says. "I really could see (myself as) the idiot who had something real good, who blew it all to coach the Cowboys. I just knew that was going to be my legacy." Jerry Jones 9/14/2012