Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is feeling what has frustrated a large portion of his fan base for years: That this franchise is too experienced to be this inconsistent; too talented to be this maddening. And that at some point, the head coach is the guy who needs to be held responsible for the never-ending gap between expectation and reality. In short, Jason Garrett may not be the coach for much longer.

“With the makeup of this team, I shouldn’t be this frustrated,” Jones said after Sunday’s loss to the Patriots.

That would suggest that simply reaching the postseason would not be enough for Garrett to assure he is brought back in 2020. Troy Aikman suggested over a month ago that Garrett needs to take the Cowboys at least to the NFC Championship Game in order to keep his job, so perhaps that is how Jones views things.

The Cowboys feel they have the right roster in place to contend for a title, and Jones alluded to poor coaching with some remarks he made after Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots. Dallas spent huge money on an extension for Ezekiel Elliott and believes Dak Prescott is a franchise quarterback, so Jones is obviously upset with the underachieving.

Despite all that, the Cowboys remain in first place in the NFC East with a record of 6-5.