With quarterback Tony Romo out for at least eight weeks and 38-year old Jon Kitna in as his replacement, the Cowboys will wisely attempt to emphasize the running game.
The problem is that the running game hasn’t exactly been the second coming of Jim Brown and Walter Payton.
Felix Jones currently ranks 38th in the NFL with an average of 44 yards per game. Marion Barber ranks 51st with 30.2 a game. Combined, their 74.2 yards per game would rank them only 16th in the league.
Dallas coach Wade Phillips showed no interest in using popular third back Tashard Choice.
“There are two other guys I think are running hard," Phillips said. "We’ve got to block better for them. We’ve got to execute the plays better. Those guys are running hard. I don't have a problem with the way they're running."
Unfortunately for Phillips, opponents also have no problem with the way the Dallas running backs are running.
-- Jan Hubbard