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Running Away with the NFC Beast



We’re back again, to the nagging nightmare-like predictions of a failing offense. It’s like we’ve been taken back to 2004, you would think Chad Hutchinson is our Quarterback. Before I continue let it be known that Tony Romo is a good quarterback, and our receivers…well they’ll walk the walk. Many “experts” (if that’s what you want to call them) say our season hinges on the production of our running game, thought I don’t find that the case necessarily, I do believe that wont be a problem.

It doesn’t seem like long ago we were plagued with Troy Hambrick in the backfield, his potential seeming limitless but his production barely broke mediocrity. For the first time since the late nineties, early 2000’s, I’d say we have a running back core that has the potential to dominate.

A running game is, in my opinion, successful because of 3 particular attributes. You need to have a: “Bruiser” which is the type of back who can break tackles and wear down defenses, A “Homerun Back” who can deliver game changing runs consistently, and a “Relief Back” who can catch the ball well and still break tackles-this back is a mix of the two. It is possible to be successful with 2 of these backs but these 3 attributes should be what coaches look for.

In the NFC East these backs are everywhere, except they aren’t on the same team, thank God. Brandon Jacobs Bruises, Westbrook homerun’s, and Portis is a great all around back. However, here in Dallas we got all 3:

Marion “The Barbarian” Barber- Barber has truly earned his title, also being labeled as the closer, he has single handedly won games for this team. In his career with Dallas he’s totaled 715 carries for 3052 yards, compiling a 4.3 yd avg, and running for 36 touchdowns. Some predict that Marion will slow down given his bruising style, but I expect that Barber will eclipse the 1000 yard mark for the first time in his career this year on 200 carries.

Felix Jones- Felix had an unfortunate rookie season, but I expect that makes him hungrier. Felix’s first career rush was an 11 yard score. In 6 games, Jones had an impressive 30 rushes for 266 yards, that’s an impressive avg of 8.9 yards and 3 touchdowns. Not only that some of the teams we faced in his impressive games, weren’t easy defenses. Green Bay, Philadelphia, and New York headline a 6 team group that Felix dismantled. Expect Felix to get 10-15 touches a game, and lead the team in runs of 20+ yards.

Tashard Choice- Choice fell on our laps as a diamond in the rough. Many people were confused with the selection of Choice (I admit to being one of them) but when he was the last option boy did he deliver. Choice is a combination back mixing speed and power to surprise opposing defenses allowing him to be a asset to any running game. Though Choice won’t be the premier back for this offense, the Cowboys acknowledge that he could be anywhere else and don’t want to see him slip away. He’ll get a chance to prove himself and become a player for this seemingly future oriented Cowboys Team. Expect Choice to be a spell back who will produce equal to a mediocre starter, maybe comparable to a Julius Jones or a Lendale White. He’ll add convincingly to his 92 carries for 472 yards, 2 TD’s, and his 5.1 yd avg. Not to mention his 21 Receptions for 185 yards. He is not someone you want to see disappear from this team!

Whether or not this season hinges on the running game, the receiving core, or the coaching, expect this 3 headed beast to be ready to deliver in league leading fashion!

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  • Jonathan

    The one thing that keeps my hope’s a little at bay, in regards to this trio of backs, is how Jason Garrett is planning on using them. I think the Giant’s may have wrote the perfect blueprint last year, with their trio Earth, Wind, and Fire, especially considering they were #1 in the ground game at the end of the year. You would think, Jason would tip his hat to NY and still a page out of their book…but, smart guy’s can have a hard time using the models of other’s for their own personal success. I hope Jason swallows what ever pride he may have left, dismisses the notion that Marion has to have so many carries based off being paid like a lead back, and spreads the ball evenly over the talent.

  • fred

    You’re forgetting our ever inconsistent O-line, it’s health,& blocking schemes. (Not to mention the DL’s of our opposition in the NFC east will be much stronger this year)

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

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A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

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After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

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I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

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There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

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One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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