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Jerry Jones Talks Ezekiel Elliott’s Value, Forgets Key Issue for Cowboys

In an interview yesterday from the ' , Owner made a big statement concerning 's value to the team. But Jerry also omitted a critical detail that undercuts his argument.

The key words in all that Jerry said were:

“You don't have to have a rushing champion to win a .”

This comment is entirely accurate based on NFL . Jones accurately pointed out that was the first regular-season rushing champion to go on to win a Super Bowl in 1992. Emmitt would repeat that accomplishment in 1993 and 1995 as well.

Other than Smith's three championships, the only other RB to ever lead the league in rushing and win a Super Bowl in the same season was Terrell Davis with the 1998 .

We all remember how Barry Sanders languished in Detroit throughout his career; a four-time rushing champion who missed the in two of those years and lost in the first round in the others. Household RB names like LaDainian Tomlinson and also never played in a Super Bowl.

In 2019, the reality of Jerry Jones' comment is as strong as it's ever been. The has taken over the league, with top quarterbacks making more than double what the top running backs earn. Back in the 90s, and Emmitt Smith were making nearly identical money.

But while Jerry is accurate about how Super Bowl champions haven't needed rushing champions, he left out a key component that almost all of those teams had.

Most of those teams didn't need an elite because they had an elite .

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, , , , , and have been the quarterback for 13 of the last 18 Super Bowl champions. It's also worth nothing that, in most of those years, an elite QB was on the losing side of that final game as well.

There are a few outliers. The 2002 Buccaneers had driving the bus for a legendary defense and the Warrick Dunn-Mike Alstott rushing duo. And even though we wouldn't consider (2007, 2011), (2012), or (2017) as elite passers overall, they all got hot at the right time and were playing on that level in their postseason runs.

The Dallas Cowboys don't have an elite quarterback yet. They have Dak Prescott, who so far has proven he can be a guy who gets you to the playoffs and will hopefully go on one of those hot streaks.

What's more, the Cowboys haven't proven that their can produce a solid rushing attack without a top talent back there. struggled and was merely adequate when Elliott missed games in 2017.

So sure, it's easy for Jerry to point at the history books and how Super Bowl champions haven't needed a running back like Ezekiel Elliott.

But over the last three years, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys haven't proven that THEY can win a title without Zeke.

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I understand the fiscal dilemma that the Cowboys face with Elliott's contract and the salary cap. We just outlined how the passing game rules in the modern NFL, which naturally makes Dak Prescott, , pass protectors, and pass rushers, and pass defenders the most important guys to acquire and keep for a football team.

But what the Patriots have enjoyed for all these Brady years is a QB who can turn unorthodox and unheralded offensive weapons into winners. He gets the ball out faster than most pass rushers can get to him, and manages the game to help his own defense. Tom Brady is the rising tide that lifts everyone on that team.

Dak Prescott is a terrific leader and an underrated player, but he's no Brady. And if we're being honest, he's no Brees, Rodgers, Roethlisberger, or Wilson at this point either.

The problem for Jerry Jones is that, right now, Prescott is the best option for the Dallas Cowboys at QB. He may never be on the level of those guys we mentioned, but Dallas can't risk trying to find someone better in the draft and lose the championship window they currently have.

Dak is good enough to win a Super Bowl. But he's probably not good enough to do it without Ezekiel Elliott.

That is the current reality for Dallas and the other side of Super Bowl history that Jerry neglected to mention.

And you can be sure that Elliott's team won't forget them in their discussions with the .

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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PapaUmMaoMao

No Zeke = No Playoffs!

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Chuck Wright

I hear you but will point out one major difference frm 2017. . . .. .Dak did not have a top flight #1 WR to throw to. . . . now he has Cooper…. . .but doesn’t change the fact, without Zeke, this isn’t a SB team. If he wants to hold out with 2 years on his contact. . .. .then see if we can make a deal with the Ray-Duhs, nab their 1st round RB, 1st round S and a 2020 pick (1 or 2) . .. . .Let’s keep in mind, Zeke’s a head case too who cannot stay out of trouble.

TNTB

Super bowl ? Come on man. Super bowl ? Way too funny !!! The guy’s a PR ticking time bomb. Forget Elliot, maybe they could trade him for strong safety. Or better yet an NFL head coach. LOL

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