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Jerry Jones believes Cowboys offense will return to 2014 form


Jerry Jones often views his beloved Dallas Cowboys through rose-colored glasses, so it’s no surprise he’s expecting big things out of the team’s offense next season.

Jones is so optimistic, in fact, that he believes the 2016 Cowboys can outpace the phenomenal 2014 offense.

The offensive output by the 2015 Cowboys offense should be viewed as an aberration, given the injuries to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. DeMarco Murray arguably would have helped whether the storm, but the Cowboys decided against bringing him back after a dominant 2014 campaign.

But Jones is looking forward to what a fully healthy offense can achieve next season. And to give credit where credit is due, Jones did stop short of saying next season’s offense could match the output of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin in their primes.

“Well I don’t want to go as far as to make those comparisons, because they’ve done it and they’ve done it consistently,” Jones said of Aikman, Smith and Irvin during a Monday appearance on NFL Network, as transcribed by CBS Sports. “Certainly that group did have a great year two years ago — that you mention that we have, including [DeMarco] Murray. I think we compensated for that, although we think Murray is still a great player. On the other hand, I think our offensive line has gotten better. And they’ve done that with experience, plus we’ve even added more talent to the offensive line.

“I think we’ve got a chance to be a better offensive team than we’ve been in several years. Whether it approaches Aikman, Emmitt and Michael Irvin and that group or not, we’ll see.”

The Cowboys were an incredibly prolific offense in 2014, ranking fifth in points scored and seventh in total yards. Murray ran away with the rushing title with 1,845 yards and his absence certainly was felt last season.

But the Cowboys arguably could be more solid at the position next season with the three-headed rushing monster of Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and incoming rookie Ezekiel Elliott.

While the notion of Romo, Bryant and whichever running back emerges as top dog could actually match the output of “The Triplets” next season is unlikely the abysmal 2015 showing should soon be forgotten, so long as everyone remains healthy.

At least that’s how Jerry Jones sees it.