The Dallas Cowboys struggled to say the least last year in terms of running the ball effectively. A plethora of issues infected Dallas’ backfield to the tune of a thirty-first ranked rushing attack.
The problems were many for the ‘Boys. Starting running back DeMarco Murray spent considerable time on the sideline nursing injuries, starter turned backup Felix Jones played in all sixteen games, but was only able to amass a measly 402 yards on 111 carries. And how could I forget the inconsistent play of the offensive line. Without those bruisers up front doing a quality job, no running back in the world could succeed.
What are the Cowboys able to do at this point to help get the running attack back on track? The team is strapped for cash, and without even a little of the green stuff, there are very few options.
The draft could be one option, but there are far more holes to fill to waste another high pick on a running back that may or may not get his touches for whatever reason.
There are still a few decent backs on the free agent market, but with no money to spend until starting quarterback Tony Romo gets resigned to an extension, the slim pickings might not be worth giving to your dog, let alone signing to a contract.
There are also two other backs on the roster that have shown flashes at times in Lance Dunbar and Philip Tanner. Neither one are going to compete for MVP honors anytime soon, but both are solid players in one way or another.
And now word is Felix is not out of the picture just yet. According to ESPN Dallas, owner and general manager Jerry Jones still has hope Felix can be a contributor and is not opposed to signing him under the right circumstances. Here’s an excerpt from the story I find intriguing:
We’ve got to look at the backup backfield,” Jerry Jones said. “You can’t dismiss Felix. I don’t want to dismiss him from our thinking.”
Obviously Jerry is holding on to the idea Felix can be productive in head coach Jason Garrett’s system. We’ve all seen flashes at times, but I think this is a perfect example of how Jerry holds on to players for too long. Felix has had his chances and is currently sitting on the free agent market without having made a single visit to any team. That’s a huge red flag in my opinion. If there were a few teams at least checking in on him, then maybe I wouldn’t be as put off to the idea of Felix getting another chance on a one-year, incentive-laden deal. But he hasn’t even gotten a whiff of interest. That speaks volumes in my mind.