Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has admitted he never thought their season would be over so soon following their 19-16 defeat to the New York Jets.
The loss meant their play-off dreams are now over for another year, a stark contrast to last season when Jones watched his side win 12 games and clinch the NFC East title.
“We’ve got a long time left here this month and of course a long January. You want to be a part of this thing at this particular time. It’s very disappointing,” owner Jerry Jones said to reporters after the match.
“This is nothing like I could have envisioned. Our plan sitting here was we’d really have it together at this time.”
Their dismal season can largely be blamed on their misfortune in the quarterback position, with Tony Romo struggling with injury throughout the campaign and limited to just four games.
Brandon Weeden lasted only three games, mid-season acquisition Matt Cassel has failed to sparkle and that left Kellen Moore, making his first appearance in four years, to try and pick up the pieces against the Jets.
Although he wished to make an impact in better circumstances, Moore revealed that he felt comfortable when he replaced Cassel and he could now start the Cowboys' remaining games as they look to the future.
“It was not an easy situation just because I’ve been here to support Matt in any way and help him,” Moore said.
“I felt good. I felt like communication was pretty good. … We’ll see what happens. Obviously, I took this opportunity for what it was. We’ll grow from it and learn from it and see what happens."