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Super Bowl XLVIII Proved Just How Far Away Dallas Cowboys Really Are

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones loves to tell the Dallas Cowboys‘ fanbase that his team is not that far away from being an elite team. Dallas has had three straight disappointing 8-8 seasons, but Jerry would rather tell you about how Dallas has been one win away from making the playoffs all three years.

When the Giants and Ravens won the last two Super Bowls, Jerry told fans how the Cowboys compared favorably with those teams. Jerry desperately wants to believe his team is close to being a Super Bowl team. This is why he looks so hard to find similarities between his team and the team that wins the Super Bowl. However, Jerry is going to have to search long and hard to find similarities between the Cowboys and the Seahawks.

As Jerry watched Super Bowl XLVIII, he was probably cheering for the Denver Broncos. If Denver had won, Jerry could have reminded Cowboy fans how close his team came to beating Denver earlier in the season. Instead, Denver was destroyed in Super Bowl XLVIII by the Seattle Seahawks.

Jerry is an optimist and always sees the glass half full, but after watching Seattle dismantle Denver he cannot honestly believe his team is close. Seattle and Dallas are on opposite ends of the NFL landscape. Most of Dallas’ core players are past their prime. Most of Seattle’s core players have not yet reached their prime. In fact, Seattle has only three players over the age of 30 on their entire roster.

This Seattle team is built to be good for a long time. They have a young QB, a physically intimidating defense and have been one of the top drafting teams the last three seasons. The Cowboys have a QB that is past his prime and coming off his second back surgery in less than a year.  They have a horrible defense and are one of the worst drafting teams in the NFL.

Jerry Jones wants his fanbase to believe that the Cowboys are close to a Super Bowl, but any Cowboy fans who watched the Super Bowl know that is not the case. There is not just a small gap between Dallas and Seattle; there is a Grand Canyon-sized gap. The sooner Jerry realizes, and more importantly, accepts that fact, the better off the Cowboys will be.

Jeremy Martin is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @Jmartin1982 ”Like” him on facebook or add him to your network on Google.