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Dallas Cowboys: Why Nick Foles' success with Eagles is yet another indictment against Cowboys coaches
Matt Mosley

In the brilliant sunshine of Oxnard, Calif., before Tony Romo's football career had ended prematurely, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones scoffed at the idea of bringing in Nick Foles to be his backup. After all, he had Kellen Moore and rookie Dak Prescott waiting in the wings.

No one could've known that Foles, a man who flamed out for the Rams and was released by the Chiefs, would be leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl only two seasons later.

Jones was wrong to be so snide toward Foles at the time, but sticking with status quo paved the way for Prescott to take the league by storm in 2016. With Moore and then Romo both being injured, Prescott took over and and threw for 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott were brilliant in leading the Cowboys to the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Prescott was so good that an offseason quote from Eagles coach Doug Pederson caused a bit of controversy.

"He felt like ... he didn't have to win the game for them," Pederson said of Prescott on the Doomsday Podcast with Ed Werder and yours truly. "He knew that he had a good defense, a tremendous offensive line, a great runner. He had some veteran players that he could rely on and he learned that early."

Pederson was actually attempting to compliment Prescott, but Eagles and Cowboys fans were eager to see it as a slight toward the Cowboys quarterback. Now, Pederson has watched his veteran backup, Foles, replace the brilliant Carson Wentz and somehow lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl. The Eagles were underdogs in both the divisional and conference title games, mainly because Foles was their quarterback. They embraced that underdog role and on Sunday, Foles did way more than manage the game against the Vikings. He unleashed a flurry of deep balls en route to 352 passing yards and three touchdowns for a rating of 141.4. This looked a lot like the guy who had 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in 2013. More important to Cowboys fans, the Eagles didn't wilt when they lost their MVP candidate, Wentz.

This is another indictment of Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan for not being able to survive the six-game suspension of Elliott. What they allowed to happen against the Atlanta Falcons when left tackle Tyron Smith was out with an injury should've been a fireable offense, but they've both held onto their jobs. The Eagles lost their starting left tackle, a starting linebacker and starting quarterback this season. Somehow, they thrived anyway. The Cowboys always seem to be one player -- Sean Lee, Smith, Elliott -- from imploding. The defense falls apart without Lee, and the pass protection did the same in the absence of Smith. Prescott certainly deserves blame for taking a step back in this second season, but his coaching staff failed him repeatedly. I don't think three new assistant coaches on that side of the ball will have a dramatic impact.

Garrett and Linehan need to take a long look at how the Eagles used Foles in these two playoff games. It helps to have a tremendous defense, but you also saw Pederson and his staff put Foles in position to succeed. He extended plays with his feet Sunday and was able to find receivers downfield. Prescott is a more dynamic athlete than Foles, but he needs to be surrounded by more dynamic players. The Eagles brought in Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith last offseason. They knew that tight end Zach Ertz would be a great safety blanket for Foles. And the Eagles traded for Jay Ajayi even when Wentz was healthy.

Pederson didn't allow his team to be held hostage by one position. The Cowboys seem to be one injury away from imploding at all times. And that's why the Cowboys have to swallow their pride and take a long look at how they can be more like the Philadelphia Eagles.

I can hear Jerry now: "What would Howie Roseman do?"

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LOLOLOL ...." What would Howie do ? "