Even after the 6-10 season, Jones felt a quick turnaround was possible because he felt the team will still as talented as any in the league.
Well when the Cowboys start the 2011 season it will be without seven starters from last year as Jones has finally seen the light and made a roster purge.
Defensive end Igor Olshansky and fullback Chris Gronkowski were released on Saturday. They join guard Leonard Davis, running back Marion Barber, receiver Roy Williams and tackle Marc Colombo who were cut before the start of training camp. Center Andre Gurode was cut last week.
The Cowboys remain talented at key spots but they have retooled the roster with Garrett going for a younger and hungrier team.
The question is whether the Cowboys are in a full-fledged rebuilding mode.
They say no because of the presence of Pro Bowlers Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Miles Austin, DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff.
But there are huge questions going into the season following the roster cuts especially at kicker where the Cowboys are keeping two: rookie Dan Bailey and inconsistent incumbent David Buehler.
It was somewhat of a surprise because Bailey and Buehler battled for the job for the first month of training camp and there was such disappointment that the Cowboys signed veteran Shayne Graham two weeks ago and Dave Rayner last week. But Graham, third all-time in field-goal percentage in NFL history, was short on kickoffs and cost too much. Rayner blew any chance he had with misses of 51 and 36 yards in the preseason finale.
Buehler will handle kickoffs and Bailey will do field goals and extra points. He was the Lou Groza Award winner in college last season but he was up and down throughout training camp. Unlike when Nick Folk won the kicking job as a rookie four years ago with a perfect showing in camp and the preseason, Bailey wasn't a slam dunk choice. But he did make both of his attempts during the preseason, from 37 and 41 yards.