It was at the end of a long spiel that touched on the Cowboys’ mediocre record the last 16 seasons that owner Jerry Jones gave a little insight into what is driving him.

“I would grant you the decisions that have been made over the years have not produced a Super Bowl, two Super Bowls or three Super Bowls that I would like to have been a part of,” he said Saturday. “And the only thing I am going to do there is keep trying and then make sure I get the credit when we do get that one. Y’all are going to give it to me, aren’t you?

Jones smiled and chuckled as if he were joking. But in that moment the ole wildcatter appeared to have revealed the true motivation behind his decision to remain the Cowboys’ general manager despite the fact his franchise is 128-128 since the beginning of the 1997 campaign and has the 16th-best winning regular-season percentage in the NFL in a period spanning the Clinton, Bush and Obama administations.

“There is nothing in me that would say we don’t need to change with the record we’ve had since the last Super Bowl,” Jones said.

The Cowboys’ most recent championship, won at the end of the 1995 season, was one of the last vestiges from the Jimmy Johnson Era, when the organization was at its pinnacle. Johnson, of course, resigned from his position as head coach of the Cowboys in 1994 because he claims Jones wanted more control over personnel. Last November, Johnson relayed an anecdote that captured why Jones sought to increase his power over the football side of his business.

“In the third or fourth year, Jerry said, ‘I want to be part of this. Nobody cares how much money I make, they want to know about a second-string guard,’” Johnson told The Dallas Morning News.