When it comes to the current state of the Dallas Cowboys, vice-president Stephen Jones remains as uncomfortable and frustrated as his father, owner Jerry Jones.

"It’s always uncomfortable when we don’t win," Jones said. "I have been uncomfortable for a while now. Since we quit making the playoffs I have been uncomfortable."

That feeling only intensified when you consider after the Cowboys signed a team-record eight free agents to put a winner on field in 2012 only to finish 8-8 and out of the playoffs for a third consecutive year.

"It’s just disappointing when, from a resource standpoint, we are doing everything we can to make that happen," Jones said. That’s it. It’s very frustrating to be right there and not get there."

Jones and the Cowboys are resolved to do better in 2013. They won’t be able to impact the team in free agency as they did last year because of salary cap issues.

But when you list the things the Cowboys felt they needed to do to improve in the off-season, revamping the staff and defensive philosophy trumped all, Jones said.

The Cowboys hired six new coaches, highlighted by the new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and his 4-3 defense in place of 3-4 scheme favored by the fired Rob Ryan

"Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all on the staff," Jones said. "But we were wanting to make a transition from our system, predominantly the defense. We had some guys to replace on offense. Changing system was a big to-do. Jason has done a helluva job getting the staff put together and that was a big focal point."