VALLEY RANCH -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he's banking on a December turn-around to ease the pain felt from back-to-back near playoff misses.
"It is one of the biggest disappointments of my entire time [as owner] to have Romo as quarterback and not be in better shape for the playoffs as we've looked at his career," said Jones on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. "We need to change that. We've got a chance to do it this year."
The contrast is downright startling when you look at quarterback Tony Romo and the Cowboys' record in the regular season's final two months.
Romo and company are 24-5 in November, a winning percentage of 0.862. That number nosedives as the temperatures dip in December, when Romo and the Cowboys are just 15-11 for a win-percentage of 0.423.
"I think it's real," Jones said of Romo's December record, "and I don't mean to be trite, but you could probably tie that to why we have had disappointments in December."
Despite Romo putting up good December numbers - since 2009 he trails only Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in quarterback rating - the Cowboys have failed to make the playoffs the last two seasons, losing consecutive season finales that determined the NFC East champion.
Head coach Jason Garrett says whatever happened in the past has no bearing.
"We've got to focus on us right now," Garrett said. "This football team has very little to do with the 2012, '11, '10, 1966 team; has nothing to do with it."
The Cowboys have won back-to-back games to enter the stretch run at 7-5. They're a perfect 4-0 in NFC East games and, at this point at least, need no outside help to make the playoffs.
"We certainly feel good that we control our destiny," Garrett said. "Really what we focus on around here is what we can control. We live in the short term. We're focused on the Chicago Bears and what we need to do today to win that ballgame."