Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Felix Jones will not become a starter
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING -- One thing that is not going to change with the Cowboys is the removal of running back Marion Barber from the starting lineup.
Felix Jones had a season-high 15 carries for 109 yards with no touchdowns in the loss to the Titans. It was just the sixth time in Jones' three-year career he reached double-figures in carries. It was also Jones' first 100-yard game in the regular season.
In the playoff win over the Eagles last season, Jones rushed 16 times, a career-high for a career-high 148 yards.
"We want to get Felix the ball more," coach Wade Phillips said. "We did that and I thought it showed up well. We'll continue to evaluate what we need but I thought it helped our running game."
The ratio between Jones and Barber has to change, and did on Sunday vs. the Titans with Barber getting just six carries, the fourth-lowest totals since becoming a starter in 2008.
Phillips admitted having Jones in the lineup, or at least getting more touches, provided a spark to the offense.
"Yeah, it looked like he did," Phillips said.
Should the Cowboys just bench Barber for Jones?
Phillips, at least for now, is staying with Barber as the starter and Jones the backup.