COWBOYS SHOULDN'T FRET OVER "DREAM TEAM"
By mark rogers
August 24, 2011
But ever since free agency started taking off in the early 90s, teams started trying to buy championships. And it NEVER works.
Philadelphia picked up Michael Vick last year, got rid of Donovan McNabb, then added eight seemingly big-time additions in the few weeks of free agency just days ago.
To recap...Philly brought in quarterback Vince Young, running back Ronnie Brown, wide receivers Steve Smith and Johnnie Lee Higgins, right tackle Ryan Harris, defensive end Jason Babin, cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Philly was under the salary cap, was smart with some of the contracts that were weighing them down, and were able to do this.
They have been deemed the "Dream Team" around the league and are the favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
But what has history shown us about teams trying to buy championships?
Let's look just a few months back - June. The Dallas Mavericks, a real team, an underdog, defeated the Miami Heat, a team that (according to LeBron James) is going to win 7 championships.
James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade to form the most powerful, talented team in the NBA since, well, the Lakers in 2003-2004. That team brought in Karl Malone and Gary Payton to join Shaq and Kobe. They steam rolled their way to the NBA finals and were defeated by a real team, an underdog...the Detroit Pistons.
Washington Redskins Prime Minister Dan Snyder has, year after year, spent millions on free agents trying to make his team better...it hasn't gotten them jack squat.
The Cowboys are basically the same team they were last year. You could argue that a main addition is Tony Romo since he was injured most of last year. Other than that, not a whole lot was added, in fact, more was CUT because Jerry was over the cap.
But this is a real team. A different team than the last few years under the helm of Wade "the Marshmallow" Phillips. In just a few short months, Jason Garrett has completely changed the culture of the team...Rob Ryan has helped the culture as well. He talks trash and (hopefully) backs it up.
So all this talk about Philly being the team to beat will only find the Eagles at the end of the season scratching their heads wondering why they're done playing when six teams are still alive.
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