Last week, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones interestingly compared the Rams’ run to last year’s Super Bowl to the Eagles’ rise to this year’s big game.
The comparison isn’t particularly strong because the Rams scrapped virtually all of their top draft picks to build a roster with several high-priced veterans.
The Eagles’ front office, on the other hand, largely built the roster by selecting multiple draft picks, trading for additional future first-round picks, and supplementing the roster by signing free agents.
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Jones seemed to be trying to make a point about the all-or-nothing approach some teams have taken. He also made it clear that he was willing to take risks to build the Cowboys’ roster.
«Anyone who thinks I won’t take a chance has misread the tea leaves. But I do think longer term, and I’m very hesitant to bet it all on one year. There’s a lot that can happen that year. In essence, we’re looking at a couple of teams (Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles) that have had real success giving it their all and paying it back later,» Jones told reporters during the Senior Bowl last week in Mobile, Alabama. .
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The longtime Cowboys owner added that the Eagles and Rams were able to make it to the Super Bowl despite both teams «emptying the bucket.»
«Don’t think that doesn’t cross my mind, figure out how to do it, and I know how to do it. It’s part of what you put into that computer and what comes out,» Jones said. «We’ll see how it turns out, but it’s pretty impressive to have two teams in the last two years emptying the bucket and going to the Super Bowl. But if you fail, it’s a long road.»
The Cowboys franchise has won five Super Bowls with Johnson coaching two.
Despite recent success in the regular season, the team’s playoff performances have been largely disappointing.
Dallas is 5-12 in the postseason since 1995, the last season the Cowboys won a Super Bowl.
Johnson said even Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie called him for clarification on Jones’ comments.
«I said, ‘I have no idea.’ Philadelphia has a couple of first-round picks in the [upcoming] NFL draft. They have additional selections on the way. They have some very talented players. They have some talented young players,» Johnson told the Philadelphia Inquirer. «I think the Philadelphia Eagles will be good for a long time.»
The Eagles have the 10th pick in this year’s draft via last year’s trade with the New Orleans Saints. Fourteen of the starters on the Eagles’ current roster were added through the draft or undrafted free agency.
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After winning last year’s Super Bowl, the Rams had a disappointing 2022 season. Los Angeles had numerous injuries to important players, including wide receiver Cooper Kupp and quarterback Matthew Stafford, and finished the year with a 5-12 record.
Due to a lack of draft capital and other salary cap issues, the team lacked depth and finished with the worst record by a defending Super Bowl champion in history.