Winning in sports can often occur before two factions meet. The psychological aspect of any game is uber-important. Just ask an older fan whose opinion you trust about Muhammad Ali when you have a moment. The beauty of the G.O.A.T. is he often disposed of adversaries before stepping into the ring with them. The NFL schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but each season it comes with certainties. We know the Philadelphia Eagles will meet the Dallas Cowboys for a pair of annual clashes. We just don’t know when said clashes will occur yet, but while we wait, we can enjoy certain privileges, throwing a few darts at the team, media, and fan base.
Here’s something fun that you can toss around in the break rooms, in the barber shops, and at the water coolers. It appears the Dallas media may already be waving the white flag, and ladies and gentlemen, that most certainly makes the heart sing.
The Dallas Morning News gives the Eagles a nod while criticizing the hometown Cowboys’ general manager.
Yes friends, we’ll take ANY opportunity to bash that team in Texas, and after taking a few moments to peruse the good ol’ net. We found fuel for that ever-raging fire.
This past week, while we were glued to our tablets, iPads, and cellular devices awaiting the next Eagles update, The Dallas Morning News took to their keyboards to hammer out a masterpiece. Just check out the title, and appreciate the beauty.
While Cowboys play checkers, Eagles are playing three-level chess in roster construction… Now, there’s one we probably could have taken off of their plate and written ourselves!
Kevin Sherrington is the writer of this one. Here’s an excerpt.
"Nick Sirianni’s finely tuned Super Bowl roster is leaking oil. As this is being typed, he needs to replace a starter at all three levels of his defense as well as the guy formerly in charge of its maintenance, not to mention the Eagles’ leading rusher just walked out the door, too. More parts will probably be on order before the week’s out…"
There’s a fantastic lead. Don’t worry! It gets better!
"Jerry Jones may make more trades and signings — like agreeing on a two-year deal with Leighton Vander Esch after making nice with hard-hitting Donovan Wilson — that get them over a hump that’s played like Mount Everest. Just the same, I don’t feel good about the odds. Something keeps nagging at me, and I think it’s this:Jerry vs. Howie. Who you got? Yeah, me, too. Bummer."
Here’s as honest as we can be. Eagles vice president/general manager Howie Roseman is the best at what he does. Jerry Jones is the owner of one of the greatest business minds that God ever created, but here’s the kicker. Jerry ISN’T an NFL general manager, and that will always be true whether he believes he’s one or not.
Phlly’s expected roster overhaul has already seen Gardner Minshew, Marcus Epps, T.J. Edwards, Kyzir White, Javon Hargrave, and Miles Sanders leave. At the time of this story’s release, C.J. Gardner-Johnson’s future is in question. We’ll see what happens on that front.
Still, with limited resources, Howie has found a way to hold on to Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Jason Kelce, Darius Slay, James Bradberry, and Boston Scott while adding Rashaad Penny, Marcus Mariota, and Greedy Williams.
The Dallas Cowboys have added Stephon Gilmore, who is way past his prime. They have also reworked the deals of Dak Prescott, Zack Martin, Michael Gallup, and DeMarcus Lawrence. They have used the extra coins to sign LB Leighton Vander Esch, LB Donovan Wilson, LT Tyron Smith, CB C.J. Goodwin, and QB Cooper Rush.
Tony Pollard was offered a one-year, $4 million franchise tender, Are you worried? We aren’t!
As has been the case for the past two offseasons, we have decided the Eagles’ largest obstacle in winning the NFC East will again be the Dallas Cowboys. At some point, to establish dominance, Philly MUST learn to beat Dak Prescott consistently and travel to Arlington and beat Dallas on their home turf. They haven’t done the latter since 2017.
Eagles fans have reason to be confident. They own the better roster. They’re set up to win again next season, but to answer Kevin Sherrington’s question, we’ll take Howie Roseman as a G.M. over good ol’ Jerry any day. Comparing those two as capable G.M.s isn’t a discussion worth having or entertaining.