Dash, Smash, Then Tash: How the Cowboys Should Manage Their Running Backs

June 6, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Ever since Marion Barber moved from his former third down and late-game back role (where he was named a Pro Bowler), to starting running back, he has been plagued by injuries and poor numbers.
This correlation is no coincidence, and until it is fixed, Barber will not reach his full potential. 
How should it be fixed, you ask? The solution is simple.
Make Felix Jones the starting back and move Barber back to his old role. 
Let's pause and take a look at some numbers.
In Barber's 2007 Pro Bowl year, in a season in which he did not start a single game, the big back rushed for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns.  
In his two years as a starter, Barber has rushed for fewer yards on more attempts. He also scored just four more touchdowns in those two years than he did in his 2007 campaign.  
In fact, in the first three years Barber was in the league, in which he was used solely as a back up, he rushed for 29 touchdowns.  In the two y...

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