Tom Brady has seen the NFL change in so many ways since he arrived as a sixth-round pick back in 2000. Of course, he won six Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots before he promptly led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a championship in his first year with the franchise.
With an eye on adding an eighth ring to his collection, Brady took a veiled shot at one of the opponents on the Buccaneers’ schedule. And in doing so, he exposed the truth about Jerry Jones’ beloved Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys have suffered a lengthy Super Bowl drought
Well before TB12 arrived in Foxborough, Dallas ruled the NFL. The Cowboys spent the early portion of the ’90s dominating the league. Thanks to the combined powers of Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin — along with other established stars — Jones got a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy three times in a four-year span.
However, the days of the Cowboys competing for Super Bowl titles vanished long ago.
Even during the peak of the Tony Romo era, Dallas never even advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, Dak Prescott has also failed to experience much postseason success. The 2016 fourth-round pick signed a massive contract extension this offseason despite having a career playoff record of 1-2.
The Cowboys missed the playoffs last season for the second straight year. With Prescott sidelined by a nasty ankle injury, the offense plummeted from sixth in scoring to 17th. A porous defense that allowed almost 30 points per game didn’t help, either. Clearly, Dallas has fallen way off from where it was back in the glory days.
Tom Brady exposed the truth about Dallas by taking a veiled shot at Jerry Jones’ team
Between the Buccaneers and the Cowboys, you have two franchises in completely different states.
Tampa returns all 22 starters from a title-winning team that made Patrick Mahomes look mortal in Super Bowl 55. On the other hand, Dallas will try to rebound from a season that got derailed by injuries to key players.
Unfortunately for Mike McCarthy and Co., the Cowboys have to take on the reigning champions in Week 1. For Brady, though, the matchup seems far less intimidating. In fact, the legendary quarterback took a veiled shot at Dallas on Instagram with a post that included a photo of him pumping his fist.
“9/9 can’t come soon enough. Excited to open against ‘America’s Team,'” he wrote.
Of course, the Cowboys have long been associated with that nickname. Yet as Brady pointed out through his use of quotations around the phrase, it seems silly to refer to Dallas as America’s Team. Sure, Jones’ franchise remains incredibly popular. But the team simply hasn’t lived up to the hype on the field.
With zero NFC title game appearances since 1996, the Cowboys have no business being called America’s Team any longer.
Who should be considered America’s Team?
If the Cowboys don’t deserve the title (which they haven’t for years), then which NFL franchise should be called America’s Team? Ironically, Brady’s old squad stands out as the most logical candidate.
New England not only became the league’s first dynasty since Dallas, but it also took things even further by winning six Super Bowl titles in an 18-year span. Bill Belichick consistently built championship-caliber rosters while having to deal with the salary cap. Plus, it didn’t hurt to have Brady leading the offense for nearly two decades.
Needless to say, the Patriots earned the title of America’s Team during the TB12 era based on their unprecedented run of success.
Moving forward, though, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Kansas City Chiefs take that title away. A healthy Mahomes playing behind an improved offensive line could make the reigning AFC champions an even bigger threat than they were a year ago. And based on how Brett Veach has managed the roster, Kansas City appears to be set up for success for the long haul.
Then again, the Chiefs need to win more than one Super Bowl title to truly enter the dynasty conversation. For their sake, hopefully they don’t run into Brady and the Bucs again.