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Jerry Jones shades Eagles, doesn’t think gap in NFC East is big

Jerry Jones

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a way with words. Sometimes, they simply get away from him. Oftentimes, Jones knows full well what message he’s trying to get across.

In speaking about the discrepancy between his team and the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles recently, it’s pretty clear where Jones was headed. It was a shade-throwing contest, and we all bore witness to it.

“Well, Philadelphia had been trying to win a Super Bowl the 30 years I’d been in the NFL and got it this year. Not two (years),” Jones said, via ESPN’s Todd Archer.

Jones went on to play the role of Mr. Obvious by noting that other teams have also spent the past three decades attempting to win that big game. But to single out the Eagles in this manner, it’s pretty clear where he was going with it.

If that weren’t enough, the long-time Cowboys owner also seemed to suggest that there’s not a huge gap between themselves and the Eagles in the NFC East.

“I think that if the gap is defined as them winning the Super Bowl and [us] not even getting in the playoffs, then we’ve got to close the gap,” Jones said. “I think that we should’ve been in the playoffs. We weren’t. But I don’t believe that us not being in the playoffs this past year is the size of the gap.”

Jones has spent a lot of this offseason worried about the Eagles. And for good reason. Fresh off the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl championship, the Eagles added Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett in a trade with Seattle and brought on more depth along the defensive line by signing Haloti Ngata.

For their part, the Cowboys have been somewhat quiet in free agency due to a less-than-stellar cap situation. That might have changed a tad with the recent signing of Allen Hurns, but there is most definitely a pretty wide gap between Philadelphia and Dallas in the division.

Either way, Jones’ comments likely won’t be ignored by those in Philadelphia. That’s for sure.