Why does Marion Barber continue to get a healthy share of the playing time at running back? That’s the question Tim McMahon and asks one we’d all like an answer to.
It’s a question that continues to puzzle me. The Cowboys opt to go with a two-back platoon, and dynamic Felix Jones is obviously going to be part of that. But it’s difficult to understand why Barber gets the rest of the carries instead of Tashard Choice, who has been productive on the rare occasions he’s gotten a chance to carry a significant part of the load over the course of his career.
Barber, on the other hand, is averaging an unimpressive 3.3 yards per carry this season. What does Jason Garrett see to justify Barber’s role?
“We like Marion Barber. We like him a lot,” Garrett said. “We haven’t run the ball as well as we need to run the ball, and that’s a team thing. We have to continue to emphasize that in practice and carry the emphasis into the ballgame. We’ll continue to try to do that.
By now you all know my thoughts on the matter as I’ve been calling for the Cowboys to trade Barber for well over a year now. When I first broached the subject, many thought I was nuts, but these days more people see it my way than those who don’t. Unfortunately, during that time Barber’s value only continued to plummet and given his huge salary, he’s now become an albatross that no other team would dare take off of our hands, even if we were to simply give him away.
Barber still has $45 million dollars coming to him, an obscene amount when you look at his paltry production. I guarantee you that if it was anyone else producing at such a poor level, he’d have been dispatched to the bench a long time ago, but in this case, the Cowboys will continue to trot Barber out there despite the probability it weakens the offense and decreases the chance for a win.