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Jerry Jones ‘surprised’ by Cowboys’ 20-year Super Bowl drought

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Thursday marks the 20-year anniversary of the last time the Dallas Cowboys competed in a Super Bowl, and owner Jerry Jones can scarcely believe it’s been that long.

Speaking from a Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Ala., Jones wasasked if he believes the Cowboys have what it takes to compete for a Super Bowl in the short-term.

“Well, I saw how we got there for the first three that I was involved with,” Jones said from Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Alabama, via The Dallas Morning News. “I’m the most surprised person in Mobile, or the country, that we haven’t been back to and competed in a Super Bowl.

“But I know firsthand that you can go from the outhouse to the penthouse, and I’ve experienced it. Consequently, that fact has always driven me to know that it’s just around the corner. There’s a pony in here somewhere.”

Jones of course is the Cowboys general manager as well as its owner, so he is obviously complicit in the team’s failure to reach — much less win — the big game since Super Bowl XXX.

The Cowboys this past season arguably bottomed out as an organization in the years it has been under Jones’ watch when it lost Tony Romo for the majority of a season. The quarterback’s devastating absence, among other things, resulted in the Cowboys sporting its second-worst regular-season record ever during the Jones regime at 4-12, with only the 1-15 season in his first year as owner in 1989 being worse.

Since then, outside of the three Super Bowl victories early on in his tenure, it’s been mostly years of disappointment — especially for a team that Jones boasts has championship credentials seemingly every season — with a few less-than-satisfying playoff appearances thrown in.

Jones insists that Romo has anywhere between three and five years left in him and says there’s no need to select a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Whether that’s true or not, it certainly jibes with Jones’ belief that the Cowboys are ready to soon shine again in the Super Bowl.