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Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, a longtime assistant in Philadelphia, didn't pull any punches when he compared the Cowboys to the Eagles.
The authors of "Game Changers: The 50 Greatest Plays in Philadelphia Eagles Football History," a book reviewed by ESPN.com NFC East blogger Matt Mosley, asked Harbaugh why the Eagles have been so successful over the last decade while the Cowboys went without a playoff win.
"Why is that? Because what Andy Reid and his program stand for is the opposite of what the Cowboys stand for. The Cowboys are a star system. It's all about building around individuals first and collecting talent, collecting great players. Andy has always been about building a team. And over the long haul, it's a team sport, and one of the greatest examples of that is what's happened with the Eagles and the Cowboys over the last 10 years. The Cowboys stand for everything that's wrong with the NFL."
You can argue semantics with the last sentence, but the rest of the statement is right on. The good news for Cowboys fans is that Jerry Jones, whether he'd admit it or not, realized this after the 44-6 flop in Philly.
Jerry addressed the problem during the offseason. He got rid of Pacman Jones, Tank Johnson and T.O. -- all me-first, big-name big mouths. He brought in guys like Igor Olshansky, Gerald Sensabaugh and Keith Brooking -- all guys who just do their jobs without worrying about who gets the glory.
The emphasis at Valley Ranch is on substance over style, a significant change from the last few seasons. We'll see how long it lasts, but it's an approach that has worked in places like Philadelphia for some time.