Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) scrambles out of the pocket before throwing a pass in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

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Dallas Cowboys director of player personnel Stephen Jones says the team is staying the course despite a 1-3 start. 

“We just have to be better. We’ve got to go to work. Now’s not the time to think about things like that. I’m very convicted about this staff. I’m very convicted about this team,” Jones said on the K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan on Monday.

The Cowboys expected to be Super Bowl contenders this season after firing Jason Garrett and hiring Mike McCarthy. Instead, they’re one all-time gaffe from the Atlanta Falcons away from being 0-4.

Dallas has trailed by double digits each of the last three weeks before mounting furious late comebacks. The Cowboys came back from down 41-14 to pull as close as three points down in the fourth quarter before losing 49-38 to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

For the second straight year, the Cowboys pace the NFL in offense but rank among the NFL’s worst defenses. Dak Prescott has thrown for 364 more yards than any other quarterback, topping at least 450 yards each of the last three weeks. That somehow has not been good enough, as opponents find their own gaping holes all over the Dallas defense.

“We got to hold ourselves to a higher standard,” defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence told reporters of the defense. “We got to play together as one. And I don’t feel like we are holding ourselves accountable, including myself. So, I call the s–t soft, and we will get better from it.”

The failures of the defense already have first-year coordinator Mike Nolan under fire, but apparently not from Jones, who is preaching patience.

The Cowboys have the luxury of being in the NFL’s worst division, with no team sitting better than 1-2-1 through four weeks. That said, the patience may quickly wear thin if the Cowboys keep digging themselves a hole every Sunday. 

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