Back before the 2017 NFL season began, former Dallas Cowboys and now Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church drew a lot of criticism for one particular quote.
— Brian Chojnacki (@BroadcastingBri) July 28, 2017
Barry Church, of full consciousness, actually said that the Jaguars were better and more talented than the Cowboys. The Jaguars! Get out of here, Barry, he’d obviously gotten too much sun in Jacksonville.
Fast-forwarding five months, things are, well, interesting:
- The Jacksonville Jaguars are 10-5 and winners of the AFC South
- The Dallas Cowboys are 8-7 and eliminated from playoff contention before the season ends
This is awkward.
The Jaguars put the money in Church’s pocket that the Cowboys wouldn’t, and Barry put that money where his mouth was. He backed that up as a member of the NFL’s best defense this season, one that led a team that, objectively, is more talented than the Cowboys.
Think about the alternate reality we’re living in, folks. The Jacksonville Jaguars are better than the Dallas Cowboys, and Barry Church said this five months ago! He didn’t even call his shot, he just said words!
Quotes like these are always written up as hot takes that hold little meaning, but it’s worth paying attention to as we move into the offseason for Barry’s old team. If someone leaves, joins a new team, and says that new team practices harder and is better, and then the new team is better, what does that say?
There will undoubtedly be a lot of self-reflection for the Cowboys over the next few months. Amazingly, Barry Church knew who they were long before it ever happened. They’re worse than the Jaguars.