The NY Jets always seem to catch strays at the most unexpected of times. That was the case this week when Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman took an unnecessary shot at the team while criticizing his own former organization.
Appearing on 96.7 The Ticket, Aikman called out his former team's lack of postseason success by comparing them to two of the worst teams in the current NFL — the Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"Changing the coach is one thing, but you have to look at how things are run out there. I talk to people in the building and from what I hear is that there's a lot of dysfunction. If you don't do anything in the postseason, then you're really at the end of the day, no different than the Jacksonville Jaguars or the New York Jets that didn't get in (to the playoffs)."- Troy Aikman
While Aikman's dialogue was meant as a criticism of the Cowboys, he managed to mock two other organizations in the process. Now, this was obviously meant as a harmless comparison, but the Jets are used to these ricochet shots.
Aikman made one fatal error, however. His comparison may not hold as much weight as he probably thought it did.
Troy Aikman's comments about the NY Jets are riddled in hypocrisy
The Jets haven't exactly been the model NFL franchise over the last decade, and that's putting it mildly. But Aikman frequently likes to discuss the state of the Cowboys organization post his 2000 retirement.
So let's talk about those Cowboys for a moment, shall we?
Since Aikman's retirement, the Cowboys have won a total of three playoff games. That just so happens to be the same number of playoff wins the Jaguars have over that same timeframe.
The Jets? They've doubled that total with six playoff wins since 2000. So if Aikman wants to discuss a lack of success in the playoffs, comparing the Cowboys to the Jets probably isn't the point he's trying to make.
The Jets have been twice as successful in the postseason as the Cowboys since Aikman's retirement.
But what if Aikman is referring to playoff appearances? Well, Dallas definitely has the Jaguars beat with that one as the Cowboys have played 11 playoff games since 2000 while Jacksonville has played just six.
The Jets, on the other hand, still best the Cowboys with 12 playoff appearances. It sure seems like Aikman's attempt to compare the Cowboys to a perennial loser fell a little short in his perceived parallels.
The Jets have played more playoff games and won twice as many postseason matchups than the Cowboys since Aikman retired.
Perhaps the low-hanging fruit, easy-to-mock NFL team has been the Dallas Cowboys after all. Just some food for thought.