Jones doesn't berate Cowboys, he encourages them

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Standing before his highly paid, highly promoted, highly underachieving team, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones let 'em have it this week.

He unleashed all kinds of support and encouragement. That's right: the owner-general manager patted them on the back instead of kicking them in the rear, hoping positive reinforcement can help snap the Cowboys (1-4) out of their funk.

He didn't berate the offensive players for penalties and turnovers, the defensive guys for penalties and a lack of turnovers or the special teamers for trouble stopping kickoff returns.

No, he gave them a pep talk about still being able to win the division and reaching their goals - like becoming the first team to play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium.

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