Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Resembling Early '90S Cowboys

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Resembling Early '90S Cowboys

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The NFL's model franchise in the 1990s has been the Dallas

Cowboys -- at least on the field. Rebuilt by Jimmy Johnson

from a stumbling franchise with no direction to a three-time

Super Bowl winner that even Barry Switzer could coach to a

championship, the Cowboys were -- and still are to some extent

-- the envy of the league.

Johnson built the Cowboys in the image he wanted. He built

through the draft, with young, speedy players on defense, a huge

offensive line, a star quarterback and a 1,500-yard running

back.

Dallas had it all. In the early 1990s, they owned the NFL. In

three seasons, Johnson took the Cowboys from 1-15 to one of the

league's most dominant teams ever, winning back-to-back titles

in 1992 and 1993.

What's that have to do with the Jaguars? There are amazing

similarities with that team and this Jaguars team.

Start with the quarterbacks. In Dallas, Troy Aikman has grown to

be a star. But entering the 1992 season, Aikman was a question

mark.

Last night's injury aside, Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell may

be as far along now as Aikman was then, maybe even further.

In the backfield, the Cowboys had Emmitt Smith, who was and is

a great back. They also had Moose Johnston at fullback, who was

and is the best blocking fullback. The Jaguars have Natrone

Means and either Le'Shai Maston or Ty Hallock at fullback.

Smith is a better runner than Means, but Means can give you

1,500 yards, too.

The offensive lines are very similar. Both are big, physical

lines that pound you. Both had stars, although the Jaguars have

better tackles, but the Dallas line was better inside.

At wide receiver, that Cowboys team featured Michael Irvin and

Alvin Harper. Are Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell equal? …

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