Jerry Jones, the 70-year-old owner and general manager of the Cowboys, is pumped for the 2013 season. So much so, in fact, that he's had trouble getting some quality shut-eye.
"Can't sleep, popped up at 4:30 this morning," Jones said on his radio show Tuesday (via Yahoo.com). "It's just an exciting time to think that we've got the team on the field that we do. This is a big game, we open it up nationally at AT&T Stadium. [It's] almost more than I can handle."
Luckily, Jones has the brain of a 40-year-old so none of his cognitive abilities were impaired by the lack of sleep. Either way, the Cowboys host the Giants on Sunday Night Football and if this season is anything like previous ones, this will be a referendum on quarterback Tony Romo, who signed a $108 million contract extensionin the spring.
Meanwhile, Jones, who has made it clear that he will not relinquish his GM responsibilities to someone else, does concede that the team has been a disappointment in recent years.
“I feel pressure because of the fact that we haven't met our expectations,” Jones said. “These last two years have been arguably … the most disappointing years in my career with the Cowboys. So, we needed to make some changes, and we did and have. Now, will they work? Will they be effective and productive? That's what's there. But we've given ourselves a real chance to maximize what [Tony] Romo brings to the table, to maximize our talent."
Those changes include stripping coach Jason Garrett of play-calling duties (that chore now falls to Bill Callahan), and replacing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan with Monte Kiffin. If things go well, the Cowboys could contend for the NFC East.
If it's business as usual in Big D, this team could be looking at another .500 campaign and head into the offseason with the usual list of unanswered questions. (This explains why the CBSSports.com experts are all over the map on where Dallas will finish in the division. Full disclosure: We have the Cowboys in the basement.)
We'll know one way or the other in four days. For now, Jerry can take solace in the fact that six of the eight aforementioned CBSSports.com experts have the Cowboys beating the Giants.