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Jerry Jones is “mad as hell”

Jerry Jones

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones speaks during a break in the NFL football owners meeting in Fort Worth, Texas Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. (AP Photo)


Though it’s unclear whether he’ll continue to take it anymore, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has borrowed half of a classic cinema quote in the wake of a loss to the team that lost a week ago to the Panthers.

I’m mad as hell,” Jones said after the Christmas Night last-second loss to the Cardinals, “and I know all of our fans are.”

Jones wouldn’t comment on whether the loss impacts the status of interim coach Jason Garrett. But the team is 5-10, and Garrett has had a direct hand in every single game.

“Our expectations were so high,” Jones said. “And then to be sitting here with only five wins is really beyond anything I could have imagined.”

When the Cowboys turned things around after Jones fired Wade Phillips and promoted Garrett, it appeared that Jones would continue to hold most of the power and employ a coach -- likely Garrett -- who would be happy to be the coach and who wouldn’t infringe on the owner’s jurisdiction. Now the question becomes whether Jones has bottomed out, and whether he’ll be willing to cede a large chunk of authority to a head coach who will want to tears things down in the hopes of building them back up.