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Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:03 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Dallas steamrolled Buffalo 44-7 on Sunday, and it looks like the Cowboys, whose schedule is absolute cake over the next three weeks, will get even healthier, with the addition of Felix Jones to the lineup.

Speaking on his local radio show, Jerry Jones acknowledged that Felix will likely be return against Washington on Sunday.

"That's our plan," Jones said on KRLD-FM, via the Dallas Star-Telegram. "It looks like he can. I don't know just exactly how on top of his game he'll be, but man am I anxious to have both of those options out there and [DeMarco] Murray, that will be exciting."

The bigger issue, though, is whether Felix will get his starting gig back, or whether Murray will continue to be given the majority of carries. According to Jones, the Cowboys are doing the smart thing by not trying to make Jones a "workhorse running back."

"One thing that comes to my mind that Murray looks like the more he carries the more effective he gets. If you think of that theoretically about a workhorse running back that they get better as the game goes along," Jones said. "Felix, and this is not negative in any way, Felix has always been a guy that he looks like the best way for him to be his best is to inject him in spots and so we may have a guy here in Murray who can carry a lot of carries and we may have a guy in Felix that can step in there and carry it 13 times a ballgame and really have a chance to break it."

Yes, "workhorse running back" is a fancy way of saying "starter" -- Murray's size didn't peg him for a guy that could dive in and get 20-plus carries, but he's obviously responded incredibly well to the workload that the Cowboys have given him, considering his lowest output since Week 7 is 74 yards on eight carries in the blowout loss to Philadelphia.

For his part, Jones says he's not sweating his role yet, and is more concerned about his health.

"Really, it’s just about me getting back on the field," Jones said. "That’s the first thing. Once that happens, we’ll start talking about what’s going on on the field. Right now I’m just worried about my health, getting out there on the field."

For some silly reason the Cowboys have hesitated to name Murray the starter at running back, and I suppose they haven't exactly done so yet. And they might continue not calling him the "official" starter.

But make no mistake: DeMarco is the guy getting the majority of carries. Dallas has won three of the four games he's started, and in all three wins, he's provided the Cowboys with a 100-plus yard rushing game. That's one more than Felix has in his career.

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Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:08 am

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

Well said!

Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:08 am

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

DeMarco Murray is much better suited to be the "workhorse", "starter" or whatever Jerry Jones wants to call him. Simply put, feed the man the ball! Felix Jones can be better utilized as a situational player and definitely get him back on kick-off returns, where he really shined. It is stupid to try to force a running back-by-committee with a stud player like Murray, guys like him need to be very involved in the flow of the game, they don't get that when they are shuffled in and out.
 I think any time you have a substitute player come in for an injured starter, and that sub plays great, it's really awkward for everyone involved, but this is the real deal, the highest level of competition. If you are really serious about winning you have to roll with the hot hand, regardless of whose feelings get hurt. Felix Jones can clear this whole thing up, and get everyone comfortable by approaching Jason Garrett and accepting a different role, for the TEAM. Felix is still a very talented guy, don't get me wrong, and the Cowboys can make great use of his talents in other areas of need.

Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:04 am

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'


Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:53 am

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

Murray should be the starter and get 20 - 25 carries a game and Jones goes back to his former role as the "Change up" back as this is where Jones really excels, with Tanner the new Tashard Choice.

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