Wild Card Monday: The Falcons Win the Jerry Jones Award

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Atlanta paid a Jerry Jones ransom
for Julio Jones

… for this round for the post-season.

We chided Jerry last week for overlooking the age and weaknesses on his 2010 team.  He convinced himself that his 11-5 ’09 team had at least one more playoff run in its blood and went for big splash draft picks in 2011 instead of numbers.  His plan back-fired.

Yesterday, we saw the co-winner of the 2011 Jerry Jones Award for over-valuing your own squad.  The Eagles won the regular season version and the Falcons, in their 24-2 breakdown, took the post-season honor.

The Falcons took a big step forward last year, but were throttled by the champion Packers in the divisional round.  Atlanta’s brass convinced themselves they were only a player short and went all-in for receiver Julio Jones.  They flipped last year’s 1st, 2nd and 4th rounders for the Alabama flyer.  Jones had a solid season, but yesterday, his offensive line and his team’s secondary looked anemic.  Might those marquee picks have been better spent filling in the remaining holes on the team?

The Falcons will hear that question a lot, because they also owe this year’s 1st and 4th round picks to the Browns to complete the Jones deal.

Look at these disappointed teams and remind yourself, Mr. Jones — your Cowboys started down their championship roads by selling Herschel Walker, not by buying him.

Stay the course, Jerry.

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Rafael Vela

Rafael Vela

Started covering Dallas Cowboys @ TheBoys.com in '95 and '96. Two more stops along the way and here I am. Senior Analyst for SportsTalkLine.com