Originally Posted by CowboyManDan
I can't tell if this article is opinion or factual reporting. I was expecting Murray to remain the lead dog, but I also was expecting Felix to get somewhere around 10 carries or so...or even more if/when he's hot.
I see what you are saying about the article.
I've still got faith in Garrett to get Felix Jones the football. Again, Jones wasn't on the injury list today, but he was listed as limited the last two weeks. Jones rushed 16 times for 77 yards against Arizona last year, and he did it under adverse circumstances. So, I'm looking forward to seeing Felix Jones get his opportunities to run the football against Arizona.
Again, Mike Lombardi
stated that he liked Dallas to win the NFC East, and the first words out of his mouth (to explain why) were "Dallas is getting
Felix Jones back". Lombardi went on to say that Felix Jones gives Dallas some nice counter balance in the running game (with Murray) and makes them a better team.
Murray is a good football player, but Felix Jones is a "complete back", too.
The same Washington team that held Murray to 2.9 YPC, without LaRon Landry, allowed 115 rushing yards (14 rushes) and 155 total yards to
Felix Jones (with LeRon Landry). Landry is Washington's best defensive player, imo. Jones destroyed the Redskins heavily stacked fronts, and only a very dubious holding call on Bennett prevented a 14-133 yard game for Jones.
Miami held Murray to 3.95 YPC, and before Murray's last 5 rushes for 27 yards, the Dolphins had held Murray to 17-60 (3.52 YPC).
Felix Jones ran with Tony Fiammetta for 2 games. You can throw out S.F., because no one runs on them. S.F. held LeSean McCoy to 9-18. We all saw what happened when Jones got to run the bend zone with Fiammetta (against Washington). Jones hung 99 rushing yards on Washington when they had at least 8 in the box (10-99). Washington had 9 in the box and 10 in the box when Jones rushed for 40 yards and 29 yards respectively. Jones rushed 7-95 in the second half of that football game, and his 13th rush went for 40 yards, his longest rush of the game.
Furthermore, Felix Jones hung 117 total yards on Washington last year (in Dallas) and only needed 14 touches to do it, too. On the other hand, it took Murray 31 touches to accumulate 105 total yards on Washington this year. Which game was better and more efficient, Jones' 8.35 YPT or Murray's 3.38 YPT?
Last year, against the Saints on Thanksgiving, Felix Jones hung 113 total yards on the Saints and touched the football 20 times. Murray touched the football 26 times and put up 128 total yards on Miami. Who had the better, more efficient game? Jones' 5.65 yards per touch or Murray's 4.92 yards per touch? Murray put up only 15 more yards, but Murray touched the football 6 more times than Jones.
It's funny. Murray suddenly averages 2.9 YPC and 3.95 YPC, and he gets credit for "running tough" and getting his yards from scrimmage. However, last year, Jones averaged 99.2 total yards from scrimmage and 17 touches per game (during the last 8 games of 2010), and most didn't seem to care.
That 99.2 total yards per game clip put Jones on a 1,587 total yard pace (in a 16 game season). Jones didn't have Tyron Smith at RT, the improved Montrae Holland at LG, or Kosier at RG. Gurode was making his very last stand. Davis and Colombo were horrendous on the right side. There was no Tony Fiammetta, either. Dez Bryant was lost in the Colts game. McGee pretty much played the last two games, too, and that made things even tougher. Jones' 4.44 YPC during the second half of the 2010 season (112-498) proved his mettle as an inside runner.
Like I said, Jones may never see the football again in Dallas, but Jones sure has proven to be an extremely explosive, extremely dynamic, and extremely productive player when he gets the football in his hands (for the Cowboys).
That Giants game is going to be interesting, because the last time New York saw Felix Jones, Jones was hanging 136 total yards on them, on 17 touches (8.0 YPT).