After his team's third straight loss by 20 or more points, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones met with players and coaches in the locker room Thursday. But it was not to threaten the jobs of players and coaches.

Jones acknowledged that the Cowboys "are not a good team right now" after the 28-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers at AT&T Stadium, but he backed the players, coach Jason Garrett and the rest of the staff.

"It definitely was a message of support," veteran defensive end Tyrone Crawford said. "He told us just to sit back and take a look at ourselves, take a look at what is around us and see how blessed we are on this Thanksgiving Day. Just to go into next week knowing that we're super blessed to be in this position and take advantage of it."

"I really do believe in the old San Francisco [gold miner], right before the next pick, the guy that came behind him found it all. So I think you keep going."

Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones

At 5-6, the Cowboys are virtually locked out of repeating as NFC East champions and likely will need to win their final five games and receive help from several teams to qualify for a wild card.

It's a stunning fall from where they were a year ago, when the Cowboys were 10-1 after 11 games. It has been a precipitous drop from their 5-3 mark at the midway point of this season.

"I think you have players that have played at high levels and won games," Jones said. "But the answer [to whether the team can turn things around] is yes, as long as you have a breath to get into the playoffs. We had the Giants come up the backside here and beat the top seed. They won the whole thing five, six, seven years ago. That's what is great about this game."