Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sold out in the offseason to make the Cowboys contenders in 2006.
Not only did he spend $21 million in signing bonus money to
upgrade the talent, but he gambled the integrity of the franchise
with the addition of controversial receiver Terrell Owens.
But Jones was desperate. With a 74-86 mark and just one playoff
win since their last Super Bowl title in 1996, Jones wants to win
While Owens might turn out to be a good move -- he certainly
didn't skip a beat in the season opener with six catches for 80
yards and a touchdown -- there remains a question as to whether the
Cowboys can win a Super Bowl with Drew Bledsoe at quarterback.
He looked like the same mistake prone Bledsoe in the season
opening loss to the Jaguars -- tossing three crucial interceptions.
The Cowboys resisted making a change to promising backup Tony
Romo. And they say they will stick with Bledsoe again next week.
But if Bledsoe keeps stumbling they will not hesitate to make a
move to Romo.
"Now is not to the time to talk about that," coach Bill Parcells
Because of a killer early season schedule, the Cowboys and
Bledsoe need to bounce back in a hurry.
Six of their first nine games are on the road, including three of
the first four.
It makes next week's home game against the Redskins even more
But if they need a place to start building on, it's Owens.
"What you saw out there was nothing I haven't done before," Owens
said. "When I step on the field I come to play. I haven't skipped a
beat ... we are going to take this loss as a loss. But we are not
going to get down on ourselves. We just had too many mistakes."
The Cowboys didn't waste time getting the Terrell Owens show on
the road, throwing to him on their first offensive play.
However, the hopes of a possible Super bowl run in 2006 will take
a little more time in coming together, if at all.
Jacksonville rallied from a 10-0 first quarter deficit with 24
straight points in a 24-17 victory.
Quarterback Drew Bledsoe keyed the downfall with three
interceptions and a 45.8 quarterback rating. The Cowboys also had a
touchdown taken away by a pass interference penalty on tight end
Jason Witten. Replacement kicker Shaun Suisham missed a field goal.
And the defense, which was expected to be the strength of the team,
was picked a part by Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich, who
completed 23 of 37 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown.
--K Mike Vanderjagt was sidelined for the season opener because
he is still troubled by a groin injury. Shaun Suisham kicked in his
place and missed a crucial field goal.
--LB Bobby Carpenter was inactive for the season opener. The
first round pick has had a slow transition to inside linebacker
after being drafted to be an outside linebacker.
--LT Flozell Adams returned to action against the Jaguars but he
did not return to form. The former Pro Bowler who missed last season
with a knee injury gave up two sacks and was flagged for holding.
--FS Pat Watkins got the start in place of Keith Davis. The
rookie had a strong camp and considered a better pass defender than
Davis, who has returned his role as a special teams ace.
--LB Greg Ellis had a solid game in his first official outing at
linebacker since moving from defensive end. He was credited with
four tackles. He did not have a sack but also was not victimized in
Jacksonville Rewind: Owens Still Dangerous
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