Thursday, November 4, 2010
Marion Barber doesn't worry about carries
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys starting running back Marion Barber is never one to reveal his true feelings on things.
Well, we know Barber thinks boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the best fighter on the planet. We know he likes playing Angry Birds on his iPad. He's into fitness, as evident of him working after practice with strength and conditioning coach Joe Juraszek on Thursday.
But ask Barber about whether he cares if he starts, or if he needs 15 to 20 carries a game, he won't give you much.
"You have to accept the role given to you because it's a team game," Barber said Thursday. "I come to work every day to help this team."
The Cowboys have decreased Barber's carries this season. He's got just 65 carries, the fewest he's ever had after seven games since becoming a starter in 2008.
Last season after eight games, Barber had 98 carries and 153 the previous year. It's doubtful Barber will get more than 20 carries in Sunday's game at Green Bay.
Felix Jones' emergence meant a reduced role for Barber, who is still respected by his teammates for not complaining about it.
Barber remains the starter for now, yet the last four weeks he's come out after a handful of carries for Jones. Barber then comes in on short-yardage and third-down plays. But last week when Jones suffered a forearm and ankle injury, Tashard Choice got more carries.
This week the Cowboys could do the same thing, which is what they did last year. Barber started, Jones would start the second half and Choice would get third-down and Razorback snaps.
"It's a team game and not one guy will win the game," Barber said. "To me it doesn't matter. You have to have the right mindset and look at what the big picture is. What's the big picture? Winning games."