Jerry Jones can picture in his mind how the Cowboys can get over .500 next year.

Go step-by-step with him.

“Standing here right now,” he said, talking to reporters Saturday at Valley Ranch, “if you let me add a game if we had not got hurt on defense, if you let me add a game that we got Tony another half a second, if you let me add a game that the way we are schemed defensively gives us a chance to improve, I am very optimistic that we are better than 8-8.

“Very.”

Told that adds up to an 11-5 record, the Cowboys owner didn’t bite.

“I’m not going there with you,” he said. “You can go there.”