Setting aside the Dallas Cowboys secondary holes, let’s look at what might have been the second-biggest weakness for the team this past 13-3 season.
We will call it the Julius Jones Factor. I think JJ’s horrible year this season was certainly the last straw for a majority of Cowboys fans. It’s also the top reason he’s looking for a new team. Don’t be surprised that he is having a hard time finding that team.
My biggest problem with JJ was that it seemed like he’d always run right into the opposing defense. He would trip over himself. And he was tackled easily. I would bet he was top 5 in the league for runs for losses. He was probably one of the most-annoying running backs to watch this season. After the second game of the season, I was calling for his benching. But for some reason the Cowboys coaching staff waited until the first, and only, playoff game to start Marion Barber.
Marion Barber ran the ball very well in that playoff game against the Giants–in the first half. After halftime, it was like he didn’t exist. Now, a big reason for that could have been a change in game plan. But it also could have been because the few times Barber did get the ball, he wasn’t productive. Let’s face it, he wasn’t. He actually resembled Julius Jones in the second half.
So, I think it is obvious the Cowboys need another running back. But here is where the “Factor” comes in. You would think the Cowboys would want someone better than Julius Jones, right? Someone like Michael Turner? I think the Cowboys would have decent success, at least more success, with Warrick Dunn. But Dunn is still without a team.
There really isn’t a running back left who I think would be better than Julius Jones. Unless, of course, Jerry Jones is truly aiming for Darren McFadden.
Folks, I cannot help it. Reality is starting to settle in. Rumors that the Cowboys will trade up, and trade most of its draft, possibly even freaking Barber, or several other players, just seems to be what Jerry Jones has in mind for his surprise. And I am real worried about it.
McFadden probably is and will be better than Julius Jones. But do we want to take him at the cost of trying to fix the secondary and grab a player or two for a young receiving corps.
I’m worried. Are you?