Can Marion Barber, Felix Jones & Tashard Choice Bring Home The Lombardi?

Steve DuranContributor IMay 12, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  A player holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 after Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The real question this year is, do these three running backs have the legs to carry the Cowboys in 2009 and bring home the first playoff win since 1996? 

Granted Marion Barber played 12 solid games, running for 885 yards, a 3.7 yard average, and seven touchdowns on 238 carries, but a dislocated toe limited him in the final four games. 

Good news for the Cowboys, but the not so good news for Barber was both Felix Jones and Tashard Choice filled in more than admirably. 

In fact both Felix Jones and Tashard Choice finished with better yards per carry totals than Barber at 8.9 and 5.1 respectively.

Both have displayed excellent vision and lateral movement, giving both big play capabilities. 

Adding pressure to all three is the loss of T.O. and Jerry Jones giving unproven Roy Williams the green light to represent the 2009 Cowboys as the No. 1 receiver. 

Something just didn't click with Romo and Williams last year, with Roy only catching 36 passes for 430 yards.  It was more than just the yardage total that seemed to be problematic for Roy, his average was just 11.9 yards per catch, indicating his after the catch totals were virtually nonexistent. 

Jerry Jones surprised many when he didn't trade up into a day one pick and take a wide receiver.  Still he has time to go after an Anquan Boldin, giving Tony Romo another needed quality target. 

It is early, but so far the balance just isn't there, and even with a talented backfield, balance is needed to finally get it done.