Jones had this to say about Elliot to Fox Sports.
"We think we've got a chance to have a foundation player."
Think we've got a chance? Either Jerry is getting soft in his old age by front-loading a statement with a political way out, or he really just isn't sure he indeed found a "foundation player" in Ezekiel Elliott – let the Emmitt Smith comparisons begin.
The biggest problem with comparing the two trios is that Elliott hasn't played a down yet, and Emmitt was arguably the most talented part of the Cowboys dynasty. At this point, the only thing that we can say links the two is that both their first names start with the letter "E."
We all know 88 club member Dez Bryant will hold up his end of the bargain in 2016. As for the QB, Tony's Romo's broken collarbones seem like the cracks in the "foundation" that Jones still hasn't found a way to seal.
It's been said that Elliot and the run game are going to be so good (like it was when DeMarco Murray was toting the rock) that their porous defense will see limited time on the field. Addressing the defense by improving the offense plays to the old saying: the best defense is a good offense. Contrarily, the Super Bowl 50 winning Denver Bronco's would argue that defense wins championships; lining up both rosters, it seems like the Broncos have the winning argument at the moment.
At best, the Cowboys are a dark horse to hoist the Lombardi Trophy next February. At the very least, if Romo stays healthy they should be able to take the NFC East. The neigboring Redskins seem a year away from being a true contender. The Giants are a mess outside of the Manning-Beckham Jr. connection, and the Eagles are still trying to learn how to fly again after Chip Kelly traumatized their franchise.
While Elliot is a nice piece and perhaps the best player in the 2016 Draft, the difference between wins and losses still rests on the embattled shoulders of their aging signal caller. Without Romo or a capable backup, the chances of Dallas making a significant run at a title are highly unlikely. If the Cowboys charismatic owner and general manager enters the season without acquiring a backup quarterback, the Cowboys might be in line for another rough ride in 2016.
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