For years I've marveled at Jerry Jones' ability to bask in other people's success. He will take great comfort in the Baltimore Ravens winning the Super Bowl based in part on the Cowboys' narrow loss to that team this past October.

Jones has watched teams such as the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants sneak in the back door of the playoffs before rolling to Super Bowl titles. It's just one of the reasons why Jones refuses to actually build the proper foundation for success. He fervently believes that he'll stumble into it at some point.

That belief takes root in his oil-wildcatting past. The man doesn't get knocked down by defeat; it actually emboldens him and gives him even more optimism. He's always one draft or free-agency period away from returning the Cowboys to the glory days, in his mind. But as we all know, Jimmy Johnson's not walking through that door.

It's ridiculous to say the Cowboys are close to winning a title based on the fact they played the Super Bowl champs tough three months ago in Baltimore. The Ravens found a way to peak at the right time, something the Cowboys have rarely done over the past 17 years. They have a 28-year-old quarterback who already owns nine playoff wins.

Tony Romo will be 33 when the 2013 season begins, and he owns one playoff win. His apologists, a group I've belonged to over the years, will point to Flacco being surrounded by superior talent. Folks like to act like Romo's never had any help since replacing Drew Bledsoe as the starter six games into the '06 season. But the truth is that starting offensive linemen Flozell Adams, Andre Gurode and Leonard Davis all went to Pro Bowls while playing with Romo. And while Terrell Owens was a divisive presence in the locker room, he certainly put up big numbers. Romo's tight end and best pal, Jason Witten, could end up in the Hall of Fame someday, and the same could be said for outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Perhaps we overvalue the Cowboys' overall talent, but to say Romo hasn't had any help is just flat wrong.