Oh yes, the running back position for the Dallas Cowboys. A position that has been talked about non-stop since DeMarco Murray’s dominant 2014 performance – only to see him leave for 1 bumpy season with Chip Kelly and the Eagles – until now, where the Dallas Cowboys are coming off a 4-12 season in which Darren McFadden rushed for 1,089 yards without the aid of Tony Romo for the majority of the season.
It’s fair to say that DMC was a very pleasant surprise in a season that had so few for Dallas, but that did not stop Will McClay and Co. from continuing their look at the position this off season. On Tuesday, they landed former Washington Redskin Alfred Morris, who will immediately come in and see a significant workload as a back that fits the Cowboys run scheme.
Like many in Cowboys Nation, I was very excited when Morris signed, but at the same time found myself stunned by the large amount of fans that made the connection that the addition of Morris meant the subtraction of McFadden for 2016.
Darren McFadden should not only be on the Cowboys roster for next season, but should open training camp as the #1 running back.
Jason Garrett is all about competition. It was a theme for this team this past summer, as the build up for a Super Bowl run got underway. Of course, that dream was derailed quickly, but it appears Dallas has the pieces in place to enter training camp once again with enough hope to allow us to discuss that sixth Lombardi trophy being raised in Houston.
By starting Darren McFadden as the lead back, it would introduce Morris to a high level of competition right away. While the expectation for the 27 year old Morris is that he will have a large resurgence behind the Cowboys offensive line, the reality is that he has seen his yards per carry decline in each successive year he has been in the league.
It would simply be foolish to trade away McFadden, who has built some continuity with the offense, to start the process over again with Morris.
With virtually no downside, this team can instead pair McFadden AND Morris to create a 1-2 punch in the backfield that will actually, you know, gain yards. (Barber, Jones, and Choice anyone?).
Throw in the re-signed Lance Dunbar, and the Cowboys garage of toys looks pretty good. They have their dream bike in Morris (thanks to his experience in the zone blocking scheme), as well as a nice reliable Honda in McFadden sitting next to a blazing BMW in Dunbar.
Whatever that dream bike may be for you, the point is that you wouldn’t sell the Honda and BMW just because you own it. Instead, you and your friends will take all three of them out to NRG Stadium in February to watch the Dallas Cowboys play in the Super Bowl.