Felix Jones has had plenty of time to put together a string of games like this but he can't. The reason has nothing to do with the offensive line. Murray is simply better. Yes, more tonnage on the offensive line would help, especially in the red zone. But it would help Murray just as much and Felix. And right now, Murray isn't looking like he needs a lot of help.
Garrett likes to be politically correct at all times, but there should be no hesitation after today in naming Murray the starter.
It's amazing how a good back can suddenly make an offensive line look good. Romo did that for the offensive line when he first became a starter. Suddenly, he could buy himself time and move around in the pocket. Now, Murray is finding openings that Felix couldn't.
Jason Garrett owes it to the team to declare Murray not only the starter but a workhorse. 135 more yards against the Bills on just 20 carries. Plus, another 36 yards on six receptions. That's three games over 100 yards. And he would have had 100 yards against Philly if he had had more carries.
He's our short yardage back. He's our third down back. He's our chew-up-the-clock back. He's horse and Garrett needs to ride him to a playoff game.
Obviously, Felix will get some touches, but his roll needs to be much more like it was the first few games of his rookie year where he returned kicks and gave Barber an occasional a breather, once or twice a game. Maybe in that role, the Felix can thrive with the occasional explosive play.
Regardless, it's time to make Murray a centerpiece of the offense.
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