As the Cowboys head coaching world turns, the Kingdom seems to have focused it's gaze on the top spot of the totem pole. Wait, that should read the next to top spot. However, with Jerry Jones keeping us all in a holding pattern above JerryWorld, there are still plenty of other juicy topics relating to our favorite team that we can sink our teeth into.
Remember that Christmas Night Arizona Cardinals game? How could you not. That missed extra point might go down as a lasting symbol of the bizarre meltdown that was the 2010 season. Kris Brown was signed soon after the game to provide competition for David Beuhler. One of the biggest worries I had heading into the season were the positions I felt Jerry Jones was skimming on. I felt this was a direct result of overpaying for Roy Williams and Marion Barber. I'm sure you are sick of hearing me complain they went the cheap route at fullback; costing Tony Romo his season by trusting undrafted rookie free agent Chris Gronkowski.
Another area that bothered me was that they decided to roll with Beuhler as the lone kicker instead of a more proven commodity when so many were on the street waiting to be signed for cheap.Well, Kris Brown didn't see any action in the Eagles game. He didn't have much opportunity though, as the only field goal attempt was from 53 yards and long distance kicks seems to be Beuhler's job as long as he is on the roster. Beuhler missed the kick by the way. I'm not saying, I'm just saying.
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Cowboys Kingdom was up in arms, as was Jerry Jones, about Marion Barber's helmet snatch. Some fans even wanted Barber cut to symbolize Garrett's control over the team. It went below the radar, but Garrett seems to have punished Barber in a different way. Despite being completely healthy, Barber didn't receive his first carry until the third quarter, and only received three for the game. Nothing hurts more than dressing and not getting snaps.
Even if Barber remains with the club, which no one truly expects, Felix Jones looks entrenched as the lead back going into next season. Todd Archer summarizes the strides Jones took to be more of a complete back here.
In 2010 he took over the No. 1 tailback duties once Jason Garrett took over as interim head coach. The results were positive. Jones carried the ball 112 times for 498 yards. He also caught 24 passes for 293 yards. The Cowboys went 5-3.
Tom Osborn of mysanantonio.com states that Garett believes Felix is now a 'complete back'.
The Arkansas alum established career highs in his third season as a pro for carries (185), rushing yards (800), receptions (48) and receiving yards (450).
Jones had a combined 146 carries his first two seasons and his catch total this season was more than double what he had over his first two seasons (21).
"It was good to see him get more carries," Garrett said. "I didn’t doubt that (he could handle it), but he got the opportunity and he responded well to it.
Miles revealed his biggest problem last week when he talked about not being able to put bad plays him, which led to concentration lapses. I think he also struggled because he drew the full attention of defenses and defensive coordinators this season, something that didn't happen last season.
As the brain-trust of Cowboys fans, BTB community, let's start dissecting the offensive side of the ball. What are your takes on who had a good year despite the team turmoil? Can you consider any skill position players outside of Jason Witten? Any offensive lineman besides Doug Free?