Barry Church Says Jaguars “Have A Lot More Talent” Than The Cowboys
After signing with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted player back in 2010, safety Barry Church started 63 games in his seven seasons with the franchise, including 12 games last season. He was even voted a team captain for a squad that finished 13-3 with a first-round bye in the playoffs.
However, following the season, Church decided to bolt from the only franchise he has ever known to sign a four-year, $26 million deal with the Jaguars.
While Church hasn’t predicted a Super Bowl win like his new teammates Malik Jackson and Calais Campbell, he did reveal that the Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot more talent than the Dallas Cowboys, and it only took him five months to come to that conclusion.
“The culture is pretty much the same [in Jacksonville as in Dallas],” Church said in quotes distributed by the team. “We have a real close group like we did in Dallas. We have a real close group here. We had a real close group, but I was just a little bit younger when I was in Dallas. I feel like we have a lot more talent than we did over there. We just have to keep plugging away and get ready for Week 1.”
It also took Church just two training camp practices to determine the Jaguars practice way harder than the Cowboys.
“It is a lot more demanding [than the Cowboys],” Church said. “A lot more periods. I think we had about 18 today. Back on my old team we probably had about 12 or something like that. Like coach said, there are a lot of new players in here. The coaching staff is trying to figure out who fits where. We need a lot of periods, and we need all that to get the chemistry down. We are just working on that and getting ready.”
The Jaguars haven’t had a winning record since the 2007 season, which was also the last time they qualified for the playoffs.