Jerry Jones: Eagles’ championship puts pressure on the Cowboys

The Eagles did in 2017 what the Cowboys couldn’t do as the NFC’s top seed in 2016: They won it all.

Dallas went 13-3 in 2016, but home-field advantage didn’t help as the Cowboys lost to the Packers in the divisional round. The Eagles’ ability to finish puts more pressure on the Cowboys.

I think it raises the bar. I think it puts pressure on the Cowboys, Jones said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. They’ve took it down to the bone and brought it back up and have a world championship, and we’ve been doing the same thing. Where is ours? That’s fair. That’s fair.

That probably isn’t going to change between now and the start of the new league year on March 14.

Browns coach Hue Jackson said last week that he would hope not to be starting a rookie at quarterback in 2018 and Peter King of SI.com reports that Jackson’s preference for a starter is McCarron. Per King, the team would also like to select a quarterback in the draft under that scenario and groom him behind McCarron.

One need only look at Mike Glennon’s experience in Chicago to see that such an arrangement offers little security for the veteran half of such a tandem, but it seems unlikely that McCarron will find a team that wants to sign him and isn’t also planning to take a young quarterback in this year’s draft. Given that, playing for Jackson who was once McCarron’s offensive coordinator in Cincinnati might be the preference for McCarron as well.

Yes, absolutely, Veach said. This was a football decision. Again, dialogue that Coach and I had. This wasn’t just one game, wasn’t a month, this was three years of body of work, and we look for consistency. We felt that this was in the best interest of the team. When you process all the information, they’re tough decisions but what you do is you just go. There’s no second guessing. You make a decision you believe in, you have foundations and core philosophies that you believe that yield success. You take all the information and then you go in that direction and you don’t look back.

Veach also was asked whether Peters’ eligibility for an extension was a factor.

You think of everything, Peters said. You think of games, practices, certainly cap. We’re all aware that he was one year, [$]1.7 [million and] an option of [$]9 [million]. That’s two years, [$]10.7 [million], potential of a franchise tag. All those factors. I think the moves that we’ve made over the last year shows that we’re very cap conscious and we know what we want to do in regards to building a roster and maintain flexibility throughout the course of a year, two years, three years. I think everything we do isn’t done for just one year. Even the deals we’ve done I think if you really look into the structure, everything provides flexibility. Every factor is taken into consideration.

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