The Dallas Cowboys' performance this season is bad enough to warrant an apology, and that's just what owner Jerry Jones offered to the team's fans Sunday afternoon. Jones said he's embarrassed and dumbfounded and confused and sorry. But he also said he's not going to fire coach Wade Phillips, at least not now.
When will that happen? Who knows? But you can bet Phillips will be leaving Valley Ranch with his personal belongs in a cardboard box one day after the regular-season ends. Until then, the Cowboys will continue to flounder.
It's gotten so bad that in the midst of his apology, Jones said he was sorry the team is 1-7. The truth is that the Cowboys are 1-6, but at this point, who's counting?
Here's what Jones said following Dallas' 35-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars: "I'm embarrassed, of course I am. And to every fan, I should have and do take the ultimate, ultimate responsibility. I do. That's the way we're structured. That's the way I run it. There's no question that I have the plan and executing it to have the best players and the best coaching that we can have. I'm dumbfounded that we are 1-7."
Here's more of what he said:
"You couldn't get me to say it, but you know that I thought we had a team here that could be one of the top competitive teams in the NFL. I'm very, very, very sorry to our fans. You should have better than this.
"You can tell by the way some of the things that we've done to certainly make the Cowboys everything you want them to be. You should be able to tell that I won't rest until we've figured some things out to get us in a different spot. ... What it is, I don't have that."
Regarding Phillips, he said: "I am not in any way for making changes. I have always thought our best chance to win, when you've got three-day weeks and you've got to get ready to go to play a team, the best chance to win was to continue to be coached and continue to do some of the same things. There's not enough time to change."
Not now. For sure later.