Dallas Cowboys

Super Bowl-bound Eagles are built for long haul and that should scare Cowboys

So Jerry Jones is rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles to win the Super Bowl.

To quote Jones, “Just cause he said it doesn’t make it so.”

Super Bowl LII will be a hard game for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans to watch.

Will there be any ratings in Dallas-Fort Worth?

The choice is watching the New England Patriots pass the Cowboys for a sixth Super Bowl title or watch the hated Philadelphia Eagles get their first.

If there's any team or fan base that would have Cowboy fans or anyone pulling for the arrogant Patriots, it is the Eagles.

Jones and the Cowboys should be very afraid of the Eagles and what they have cooking.

Whether they win the Super Bowl or not, this team is set up to win for the long haul.

Remember, they're here without their most valuable player candidate quarterback in Carson Wentz.

And they will only be better next season when they get him back along with their best offensive tackle and their best linebacker, who both are also out with injuries.

They will build on the momentum from this miraculous Super Bowl run, led by backup quarterback Nick Foles, who also is under contract for next season.

Yes, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott returns in 2018.

But will that be enough to dethrone what looks like an Eagles team built to win for years to come.

Of course, some of the same things were said about the young Cowboys last year after going 13-3, led by rookies Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott.

It has been well-chronicled that the Cowboys’ 2017 season was hijacked by injuries and a six-game suspension to Elliott.

But therein lies the rub.

The Eagles overcame similar obstacles and still made it to the Super Bowl with the aforementioned Foles at quarterback.

For years, Jones lamented the Cowboys not being able to make a run with a healthy Tony Romo and needing a healthy Romo to be competitive.

Then the Cowboys get Prescott and find a way to win without Romo in 2016 only to see things unravel in 2017 because of injuries and other deficiencies.

None of that is lost on Jones.

“You can’t do what I do and not understand the challenge it is to adjust and come up with a different way to use personnel and win the games,” Jones said. “They did it and that’s their story and it’s worthy of recognition. Certainly, for them to have one of the outstanding players in the playoffs that was their backup quarterback is real impressive and it’s encouraging.

“It shows that you put the right group of guys together, they were inspired, they had a great record and while they had their young quarterback and he turns around, (Nick) Foles, and he turns around and does the job for them. I’m really impressed with them.”

It’s a testament to the Eagles coaching staff and front office.

It’s should have Jones less impressed with his own people in those same positions who couldn’t “adjust and come up with a different way to use personnel and win games or get the right group of guys together and inspired.”

This is not just a now problem for the Cowboys and Jones.

They have not only not made it to the Super Bowl since 1995, but they have just two playoff wins since 1996.

It’s always been something.

Some reason. Some excuse.

Something that has held them back.

Not so with the Eagles this season.

Jones should be angry.

And afraid.

Clarence Hill: 817-390-7760, @clarencehilljr

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