Dallas Cowboys: 5 Players Who Shouldn't Be on the Team Next Season

Adam Spencer@AdamSpencer4Correspondent IDecember 13, 2010

Dallas Cowboys: 5 Players Who Shouldn't Be on the Team Next Season

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Marion Barber #24 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball past Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 33-
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    The Dallas Cowboys have been playing well under new head coach Jason Garrett.

    The team is 3-2 since he took over for Wade Phillips, but there is still room for improvement. The team should be at least 4-1 in their last five games, if not 5-0.

    A pair of 30-27 losses to the Saints and Eagles might be seen as improvement by some Cowboy fans, but the fact is they ended up with losses in two winnable games.

    It's amazing how fast some of the players have been infected with a losing attitude. If Jason Garrett wants to keep his job full-time, he'll need to convince owner Jerry Jones to get rid of some players who aren't playing the way they need to play.

    Here are five players who shouldn't be with the Cowboys next season (but probably will be anyway).

5. Alan Ball, S

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Running back Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball past Alan Ball #20 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Whenever the Cowboys give up a long play, Alan Ball is usually involved.

    His play this year has been unacceptable. He's been out of position, blown coverages and missed tackles in nearly every game he's played this year.

    There are a lot of talented players out there, and it's time for the Cowboys to bring in someone who can play safety better than Ball.

4. Alex Barron, T

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    LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 12:  Alex Barron #71 of the Dallas Cowboys defends during the NFL season opener against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Cowboys 13-7. (Photo by Larry French/
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    Barron cost the Cowboys a win in their first game of the season against the Washington Redskins.

    With time running out, Tony Romo scrambled out of the pocket and threw the game-winning touchdown pass, tying the game at 13 with an extra point attempt coming.

    Except that there was a flag on the play and Barron was called for holding.

    The 10-second runoff that occurs when there is a penalty in the last minute of the game brought the game clock to 0:00 and gave the Cowboys what would be their first of many losses.

    Barron simply isn't worth as much money as the Cowboys are paying him.

3. Mike Jenkins, CB

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    MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Mike Jenkins #21 of the Dallas Cowboys argues with the referee during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Jenkins has definitely taken a step back this year after a solid 2009.

    He had five interceptions last year, compared to only one so far this season.

    Plus, his tackling and effort have been horrendous. In the game against Green Bay, Jenkins could have stopped a Packer wide receiver at the 1- or 2-yard line. Instead, he pulled up and didn't even attempt to tackle him, letting him waltz into the end zone for a touchdown.

    That lack of effort should have no place on the Cowboys, or on any other NFL team for that matter.

2. Roy Williams, WR

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 25: Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball after making a reception  while being pursued by Malcolm Jenkins #27  of the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Jenkins would
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    Roy Williams cost the Cowboys a win against the New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving.

    With the game seemingly in hand, Williams caught a long pass and was streaking towards the end zone until Malcom Jenkins caught up to him, stripped the ball and recovered it.

    Then, Drew Brees marched the Saints down the field for the game-winning touchdown.

    Granted, it was a very nice play by Jenkins; he just out-muscled Williams and literally took the ball from him.

    But, given the situation, Williams should have known that retaining possession was more important than gaining yards. He should have been running with two hands on the football in order to ensure that no one could rip the ball out.

    Mental mistakes like this are the biggest reason the Cowboys are 4-9.

1. Marion Barber, RB

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    MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Marion Barber #24 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the ball during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Marion Barber hasn't been playing as well as the Cowboys need him to play this year.

    His best game came in Week 3 against the Houston Texans, when he ran for 55 yards and a touchdown.

    The oft-injured running back has seemingly lost a step and just isn't an effective runner anymore.

    It's time for the Cowboys to cut ties with Barber and hand the running game over to Felix Jones and Tashard Choice.