Dallas Cowboys Owner Jones on Marion Barber: Let Him Finish Games
There are a million things one can say about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, but there is one thing that is becoming indisputable.
The guy knows which players on his team should be starting.
Jones' history of making great calls began back before the Cowboys' dynasty of the 1990s.
Ex-Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson wanted to start his quarterback from the University of Miami, Steve Walsh.
Jerry wanted Troy Aikman.
Three Super Bowl rings later, Jerry was right.
The media and fans laughed when Jerry said Miles Austin would pick up Terrell Owens slack at the wide receiver position in 2009.
Austin has 847 yards receiving and nine TDs since his breakout game over the Kansas City Chiefs;a span of eight games.
In a 16 game season, that projects to 1694 yards and 18 TDs.
Now obviously Austin had the record breaking game against the Chiefs, but even if you take that game out, he would have a projected 1364 yards receiving and 14 TDs.
It is safe to say we will take "Smiles" Austin over T.O.—on and off the field.
And now it is reported by ESPN that Jones believes Marion Barber III should be finishing games, not starting them .
"I think the real question is, should he be finishing rather than beginning? In his Pro Bowl year, where he had his best year, [Barber was] finishing the game. If you recall, Julius Jones started the game. We injected the quickness of his speed there early," Jones said.
About a month ago, I wrote :
"I also believe it is time to let Felix Jones and Tashard Choice begin games and let Marion Barber III end them. Let Barber return to the role in which he was a Pro Bowler and let the young guys establish the running game early."
I know that other Cowboys writers on Bleacher Report have written similar things.
Barber should get the ball in red zone situations throughout the game and in second half as they pound the defensive line late in the game. Jones and Choice should start the game.
It seems that Jerry and even the fans get this, but unfortunately not the coaches who make those decisions.
Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of things that Jerry can improve on. Example A would be hiring good football people and then letting them make the football decisions.
The emphasis is on good because right now that isn't true on offense, especially at the offensive coordinator position. Jerry needs to step in when his team is being mismanaged as bad as it is on offense right now.
In the end, the guy is right more often than not when it comes to what talent should be on the field. Saying that Barber should finish games is just another example.
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