It is no secret that by the time Julius Jones left the Cowboys he was sick of the team. He wanted to be The Man, and it didn't take long into last season before he realized he was never going to be as good as he thought as long as Marion Barber was "backing" him up.
He was on the media conference call today, and there were several attempts to get him to admit to some of his feelings towards his former team.
(Guilty as charged)
Jones said running backs coach Skip Peete who told him that he was going to be on the bench for the Cowboys' playoff game against the Giants last January. But it was even before then JJ realized his time in Dallas was done.
"There was a point when I knew and it was time for me to move on," Jones said.
He added, "Obviously I wanted to play in the playoff game, that was the most important game we've had there in a long time and I didn't even play. Of course I was a little salty about that. It's human nature. Everybody wants to play in big games."
JJ told Marion Barber after that game that it was his team now and that he was ready.
"Do I think I got the shaft? No," Jones said "I think they went the direction they wanted to go. That's it. That's part of the business and I'm rolling with it. I'm happy here. The Cowboys went in a different direction and so did I."
It's quite a different direction than the one he started on.
After that rookie year where Jones rushed for more than 100 yards three times in the final two months of the season, he never really seemed to find his place with the Cowboys.
Jones signed as a free agent with the Seahawks in the offseason. But he's learning that despite leaving Dallas the grass is sometimes the same shade everywhere else. Despite some good games early, his playing time and carries have slowly dwindled this season.
Last week was the worst. He carried the ball just twice, a season-low.
That's one of those, the more things change ...
- Mac Engel