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Jerry Jones, Roger Staubach respond to Troy Aikman’s comments that Cowboys need ‘complete overhaul’

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DALLAS -- Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman didn’t hold back when criticizing his former team this week.

“There has to be a complete overhaul of the organization,” Aikman told Dallas radio station 96.7-1310 KTCK The Ticket on Tuesday after the Cowboys’ 28-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

“In a lot of ways, there’s a lot of dysfunction.”

The Cowboys’ other Hall of Fame quarterback, Roger Staubach, echoed the sentiment Friday in a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports.

“Troy knows what’s going on,” said Staubach, who’s working with USAA’s Veterans Day Honor Through Action Campaign. “Having Troy say something like that, you’ve got to listen. Listen to Troy because he knows what he’s talking about.”

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Dallas, at 3-5, has been inconsistent this season. A young core of quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and now wide receiver Amari Cooper are tasked with turning things around in what they called this week a “100 percent must-win” game.

Head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan are on hot seats as the offense, averaging just 19.2 points a game (26th in the league), sputters.

The criticism is to be expected, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan on Friday.

“This is a tough stretch that we’re in,” Jones said. “We’ve been through tough stretches when he (Aikman) played here. These are tough stretches. People are going to be critical and take their shots. I’m fully aware this is a time we should be criticized.”

Jones went on to note that “it’s common, it’s as sure the lights come on” that whoever runs NFL teams will “not only be criticized but could easily have turnover.”

It was a curious time to boast of his decades-long run at general manager for a team 22 years removed of its last Super Bowl. The Cowboys have played in just three playoff games, with one win, since Jason Garrett became head coach in 2010.

Questions for the Cowboys surface around playcalling, whether the offensive system fits Prescott and how harmful seven games without a true No. 1 receiver was to the third-year signal caller. Aikman and Staubach have each lauded Prescott on record, Staubach noting again Friday that Prescott is still a “very important part of the Cowboys future.”

“Overall the team has been a disappointment,” said Staubach, who was at Monday’s home loss.

Jones remains adamant Friday that Prescott is part of the solution, not the problem. He surprised with a statement this week about extending Prescott, mere hours after Prescott turned the ball over twice in another loss.

And the owner – and GM of 30+ years, as he reminded listeners – doubled down Friday.

“I’m thinking Dak is our quarterback now and in the future, without equivocation,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan, though noting he wouldn’t address when he plans on that extension. “That’s the reason for making that statement.”

Is Garrett the head coach without equivocation, too? It’s about time to consider, Staubach said.

“Jerry Jones and Stephen and the family, if the team continues to go at the pace it’s going right now, there will probably be a real ‘come to Jesus’ meeting there at the end of the year,” Staubach said. “We’ve got to beat the Eagles. And if we don’t, the downward slide will require – something’s got to change.

“We can’t continue to play at this level and be happy with the team. That’s for sure.”

Follow Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein

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