They didn't see a 1-6 record coming in a season when they believed they'd make a Super Bowl run.
They definitely didn't see getting blown out by the Jaguars in Dallas in what was their fourth consecutive loss and fourth straight home defeat of the season.
Team owner Jerry Jones said he is as embarrassed and disappointed as he has ever been.
He said changes would be made, hopefully immediately, but he continues to refuse to consider replacing embattled coach Wade Phillips.
Jones said he never has removed a coach in the middle of season and has no plans to do so.
"Let me be real clear: There is no way, (with) the result and the way we played, that I can rest, sleep, figuratively speaking eat well with a diet of that right there. This doesn't digest. It doesn't go down," he said. "There is not a way in the world we will continue down this path without adjustments. The issue is will the adjustments be the kind a lot of people will be pointing to, and probably not. The bottom line is no, I do not know the answer. I suspect it is not one answer. I suspect it's a lot of answers."
Jones doesn't want to make a move with Phillips, but the coach laid the foundation for a change when he acknowledged that he may have lost the team, as the players are not responding to him anymore. He was distraught after the game because his players seemingly quit and played with no passion.
"I thought if you were playing with passion, you would have execution," Phillips said. "I thought we were going to be ready, and we weren't. We have to go back to the drawing board, we have to go back and certainly analyze what we're doing. It's easy to blame it on someone else. Coaching-wise, it's easy to blame it on the players. Coaching-wise, we need to evaluate what we're doing, why we're not getting it over to them if there's cases we're not getting it to them. "
Publicly, the players remain behind Phillips. They say they are responsible for not getting it done on the field.
Said defensive end Marcus Spears: "I can't speak on behalf of everybody else, but Wade has had success here. To say you're tuning him out — you're really giving up. I still believe in him. I don't know how that sits with (the media) or anybody else. But me personally, I deal with him on a daily basis. So he wants to win as bad as anybody else. That's pretty much it. That's all I got to say about it. If guys are tuning him out, they may need to find another job."
Trending: The Cowboys are 1-6 for the first time since 1963. They have lost four straight games for the first time since 2002, continuing their worst start to a season since they opened 0-8 in 1989 en route to a 1-15 finish.
By the numbers: 4 — Interceptions thrown by Dallas' Jon Kitna on Sunday against Jacksonville. The Jaguars had just four interceptions in the first seven games of the season combined.
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