As the Cowboys ready themselves for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, they will obviously focus on getting the running game going again in addition to getting healthier.
The Cowboys are coming off of their worst showing on the ground this season, when they were only able to muster 61 yards rushing. Marion Barber led the attack (if you want to call it that) with 26 yards.
Jerry Jones is getting antsy and wants to see his playmaker Felix Jones get more touches. But truth be told, since returning from his knee injury, Felix has lacked that explosiveness that made him such a formidable weapon to begin the season.
“I’d sure like to see the ball in the hands of the players with speed and playmaking ability,” Jones said. “All of those are almost clichés when you say them, but I’d like to see him [Felix Jones] with the ball more. You don’t have to really be a sophisticated football man to step out here and watch practice and watch what Felix Jones does and understand that he needs the ball.”
Before the knee injury that he sustained in Week 3, Jones had 21 carries for 212 yards (10.1 yards a carry). Since coming back after the bye week and wearing a knee brace, he has 23 carries for 92 yards 4.0 yards a carry). Do the math…
Lately, it seems as though Felix is becoming less and less involved in the offense and he has only 16 yards in seven carries in the last two games.
Normally, I hate it when an owner gets involved with the on-field management of the team. I’ve always believed that if your going to have a head coach, than let him coach. If you’re not happy with the results than go ahead and shit can the guy, but don’t undermine him by making statements to the press of all people.
As for Felix Jones, I don’t think it would have mattered whether he got 3 carries or 20 carries against Green Bay last Sunday. The Packers came to play and sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the other team.
That said, I can certainly understand the apprehension of Phillips and Garrett where Felix is concerned. Felix is a small guy and so far he has shown himself to be very fragile. So not only is he not showing that amazing explosiveness we all fell in love with, but he seems tentative on the field as well. In my opinion, I think he could be favoring his knee which is still wrapped in a brace. I don’t think the guy is at 100%.
Considering the fact we have two big games within a five day period beginning on Sunday…
And throw in the fact that we have just a slim one game lead in the NFC East…
I don’t think we should be taking carries away from our healthy running backs; Marion Barber and Tashard Choice, just so we can appease the owner.
Let the people who get paid to make those decisions do their job, because now is not the time of the year to be messing around.
Jerry Jones should keep his mouth shut and his thoughts to himself, because if the team is pressured into handing the ball to a non responsive Felix Jones and it costs us the next two games, he’ll have nobody else to blame but himself.