Even before the Philadelphia Daily News posted the rumor that Julius Jones could be traded for the right price, we were talking about the Cowboys running back dilemma. Right after the season ended we asked this question:
1. I love both Julius Jones and Marion Barber equally, but both of them want to start and yet only one of them can. How does this situation resolve itself next season?
We didn’t get many responses, I think alot of people didn’t consider it an issue. Think about it though, we have two starters but only one of them can actually start. Yes, Marion Barber got most of the touchdowns, an impressive 16. Julius Jones only had 4 TDs but he racked up 1084 rushing yards in 2006. It was a nice 2-back system Parcells was running. But alot has changed since last season ended, and even more will change before training camp comes around. And don’t forget about Tyson Thompson. Tyson was placed on injured reserve after breaking his ankle in Week 8 last season. Prior to his injury he was turning a few heads with his kickoff returns and his speed. So we may see him in the mix in 2007.
I think with the success of the Dallas running game in 2006 it would be ideal to keep the 2 back system intact. In fact, Jerry Jones was quoted saying, "It’s likely that we’ll be going with the running back group we ended the season with," Jones said. "Hopefully we can have (Tyson) Thompson there that could give us a third back." I would love to see this happen. I think if Barber and Jones only improve during the off-season, they will be unstoppable together next season. It will all come down to how they handle the situation. If Jones accepts Barber gets most of the TDs, and Barber accepts that Jones is the starter, then its smooth sailing ahead; but if not, we will have ourselves a Texas-size running back controversy.