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Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:03 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Dallas steamrolled Buffalo 44-7 on Sunday, and it looks like the Cowboys, whose schedule is absolute cake over the next three weeks, will get even healthier, with the addition of Felix Jones to the lineup.

Speaking on his local radio show, Jerry Jones acknowledged that Felix will likely be return against Washington on Sunday.

"That's our plan," Jones said on KRLD-FM, via the Dallas Star-Telegram. "It looks like he can. I don't know just exactly how on top of his game he'll be, but man am I anxious to have both of those options out there and [DeMarco] Murray, that will be exciting."

The bigger issue, though, is whether Felix will get his starting gig back, or whether Murray will continue to be given the majority of carries. According to Jones, the Cowboys are doing the smart thing by not trying to make Jones a "workhorse running back."

"One thing that comes to my mind that Murray looks like the more he carries the more effective he gets. If you think of that theoretically about a workhorse running back that they get better as the game goes along," Jones said. "Felix, and this is not negative in any way, Felix has always been a guy that he looks like the best way for him to be his best is to inject him in spots and so we may have a guy here in Murray who can carry a lot of carries and we may have a guy in Felix that can step in there and carry it 13 times a ballgame and really have a chance to break it."

Yes, "workhorse running back" is a fancy way of saying "starter" -- Murray's size didn't peg him for a guy that could dive in and get 20-plus carries, but he's obviously responded incredibly well to the workload that the Cowboys have given him, considering his lowest output since Week 7 is 74 yards on eight carries in the blowout loss to Philadelphia.

For his part, Jones says he's not sweating his role yet, and is more concerned about his health.

"Really, it’s just about me getting back on the field," Jones said. "That’s the first thing. Once that happens, we’ll start talking about what’s going on on the field. Right now I’m just worried about my health, getting out there on the field."

For some silly reason the Cowboys have hesitated to name Murray the starter at running back, and I suppose they haven't exactly done so yet. And they might continue not calling him the "official" starter.

But make no mistake: DeMarco is the guy getting the majority of carries. Dallas has won three of the four games he's started, and in all three wins, he's provided the Cowboys with a 100-plus yard rushing game. That's one more than Felix has in his career.

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Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:10 am

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

Demarco is an amazing runner, I was glad to see him graduate from OU and not have to watch him running roughshod over UT anymore.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:26 am

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

The Cowboys had a gift fall into their laps when Jones went down.  Murray is one of the best RBs in football right now.  Is Jerry going to eff this up?

Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:51 pm

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

I Drafted Bumlix Jones 3rd round in a 12 team PPR Pay-league thinking this guy was going to prove the so called "nay sayers" wrong with a HUGE season. Weeks with him in my line-up were pain full all pun intended. His best week was week #3 vs The Skin's,18pts and HELL NAW I DIDN'T START HIM beacuse he was an Often Bruised-Up Chameleon. Week 1 vs the NYJ's,12pts with a lost fumble, not great but not horrible either. Week 2 vs S.F., Bumlix get's hurt and gives me a whopping 3.50pts. Then he gets 18pts ON MY BENCH week 3. Week 6 the bum gives me a HUGE 4.30 and gets hurt AGAIN. Week 7, i start Demarco and got 40pts outta nowhere. Murray/Tanner=Bumlix Jones/Tashard Choice treatment-SLICE!      

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:15 pm

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

I find Jerry Jones amusing. He played O-Line at Arkansas about 50 years ago, so that makes him an expert. Granted, he owns the team and can do what he wants. But as has been proven over and over, the Coaches should, the Players sbould play, and the Owner should just sit back and count his money! Jones has proven time and again that he doesn't know the nuts and bolts of professional football. If it wasn't for Jimmy Johnson then Bill Parcells, Jerry would still be looking for that first winning season.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 7:18 pm

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse' stole my thunder dude. It is so true...why the hell is Jerry jones on the radio talking about who the starters are?  It is no wonder even Cowboy fans can't stand the guy.  Isn't it Garrett's decision...he is the coach right?  If I were Garrett I would make it clear in a daily press briefing that I (Garrett) haven't made a decision at starting RB but rest assured when I do it will be my decision alone.  Jerry Jones in his history of the owning the Cowboys has done one thing correctly.  He hired Jimmy Johnson. Beyond that he has followed one bad decision after the next and drove the most prominent NFL franchise into the ground. For decades the team has been one that you either loved or hated. it used to be you hated them because they won all the time. Now you hate them because of the moron that owns the team.  The Raiders used to have the worst owner in the NFL...he died. Too bad the Cowboys don't have the same luck...

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:43 pm

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

Felix should be change of pace back like he used to be.  But im not so sure they would want to get off of Murrays pace...

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:29 pm

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

Why is Jerry Jones the ONLY NFL owner who constantly goes public calling the shots ? Yes I know he's the owner and he can do as he pleases but if he's so damn smart why doesn't he coach the damn team then ? You never here any other owner saying " so and so is the starter and he'll get more touches this week " Let the coach say it Jerry and shut the hell up already ! We have to hear him spout this crap each and every week. I thought coaches coach and make these decisions, not the owners so just shut up and stay in the shadows like every other owner does ! The ego of Jones is annoying as hell and it's no wonder people don't care for the Cowboys !

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:33 pm

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

     DeMarco Murray has earned the starting nod, period. 

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 1:51 pm

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

Personally this has concerned me.  Jerry is a huge Arkiesaw Alum and its good to see that he does not have his Hawg Blinders on.  DeMarco has shown he is the better a substantial margin...I am sure Felix will still have a significant role in the offense.  The offense has begun to take on a new feel since they are "able" to run the ball.  We might finally see what Garrett's offense can do since there is an effective (every down type) RB. On the other hand, Romo just hasn't screwed up lately!

Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:56 am
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