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Marion Barber looks as good as ever at OTAs

After a couple months of speculation that the Cowboys could trade or bench running back Marion Barber, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gushed about Barber today, saying he looks as good as ever at organized team activities.

“I know this: He looks quicker,” Jones said, per Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. “I think that is going to make him even more effective. He’s just in great shape. He looks as good out here just in these initial practices as I’ve seen him look in his career. You could easily go from there and look at what his role might be, and it’d certainly be on par with anything he’s done.”

As of the Cowboys’ minicamp the weekend after the NFL draft, Felix Jones had become the Cowboys’ No. 1 running back. But Jerry Jones says he’s happy with having Barber, Jones and Tashard Choice all in the running back mix.

“We’re in really good shape there,” Jones said. “We’ve just got to plan on before it’s over using three backs. I think it will bear out that way.”

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36 Responses to “Marion Barber looks as good as ever at OTAs”
  1. gasolinej says: May 25, 2010 8:43 PM

    Marion Barbers skills haven’t diminished, please offer us something for him. Your friend, Jerry Jones.

  2. Chapnasty2 says: May 25, 2010 8:49 PM

    Anyone who isnt an ignorant Cowboy hater already knew this.

  3. Opie says: May 25, 2010 8:50 PM

    Now if the boys could only use some of the leather from Jurrah’s face, maybe the NFL will let them play with 3 balls? Otherwise, no way they keep all those “personalities” happy….
    SCHISM in big d this year, book it!

  4. Mike_in_Texas says: May 25, 2010 8:55 PM

    who cares,
    Darrius Heyward Bey looks great in OTAs
    Even Jamarcus Russell..
    Barber is a tool

  5. Mooch says: May 25, 2010 8:55 PM

    Marion Barber is an excellent back, but Felix could be a special back.

  6. EAGLES#1 says: May 25, 2010 8:59 PM

    so do all RB’s haha wait til the pads come on. he’ll fall apart like he always does..

  7. stiller43 says: May 25, 2010 9:00 PM

    Well, May is the month that you want to be impressing the coaches and owner. That’s all that matters.
    May practice updates with shorts and no pads = useless.

  8. MrNatural says: May 25, 2010 9:04 PM

    …and may he accidentally stomp on Albert Hateswoth’s face as the ‘Boys roll over the foreskins this year.

  9. rjgreen3 says: May 25, 2010 9:04 PM

    barber sees the writing on the wall……..

  10. this class sucks says: May 25, 2010 9:13 PM

    I hope he has a good year. I have always hated the Cowboys, but I like Barber. He is a tough running back and a appears to be a hard worker.

  11. efangule says: May 25, 2010 9:19 PM

    “hey look.. the 1-7boys are overhyping yet another player”

  12. Renoedge says: May 25, 2010 9:32 PM

    Jerry Jones is a tool. I can’t wait to see him seethe as the 49ers play in the Super Bowl in his palace!

  13. comment_submission_error says: May 25, 2010 9:34 PM

    What Jerrah means is, “Barber is available.” Any time an owner kisses a player’s ass this time of year he’s looking to deal.

  14. bigbolt says: May 25, 2010 9:34 PM

    Everyone looks quicker in shorts and a t-shirt.

  15. robert ethen says: May 25, 2010 10:15 PM

    M. Barber senior isn’t too happy that Jerry gave the #1 job to his own bastard son Felix.

  16. VegasChris says: May 25, 2010 10:22 PM

    I know the drill that Jerry is referring to.
    The Football Gangta Drill.
    1) The player gets a huge paycheck, which starts the stopwatch, and runs as fast as he can to the bank to get straight cash, homey!
    2) The player runs to the mall, buys some really bad (but expensive) suits, and some really gaudy bling.
    3) The player gets a really nice car, and then paints it a really stupid color and gets his name embroidered on the seats, then lends it to a drug dealer he went to school with. Then, he denies it was his.
    4) Player goes to scrip club and makes it rain.
    5) The player runs to a motel, snorts a line and bangs a hooker.
    6) The player picks up the phone to call his attorney before the cops come, stopping the clock.

  17. Bill In DC says: May 25, 2010 10:34 PM

    # whatdiga says: May 25, 2010 9:19 PM
    “hey look.. the 1-7boys are overhyping yet another player”
    —————
    umm, what alternate universe do you come from?

  18. tinopuno says: May 25, 2010 11:29 PM

    # Chapnasty2 says: May 25, 2010 8:49 PM
    Anyone who isnt an ignorant Cowboy hater already knew this.
    —————————————————-
    How ’bout the millions of well informed Cowboy haters?

  19. Mike says: May 25, 2010 11:50 PM

    Say what you want about Barber and the boys, but he has hands down the best nick name in sports, Marion the barbarian…

  20. jerseyjoe says: May 25, 2010 11:56 PM

    Renoedge: {JerryJones is a tool. I can’t wait to see the 49ers play in the SuperBowl in his Palace. }
    The 49ers will play in the SuperBowl? hahahaahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  21. NoKoolaidCowboy says: May 26, 2010 6:49 AM

    “We’ve just got to plan on before it’s over using three backs. I think it will bear out that way.”
    WTF Jerry?

  22. manofaiki says: May 26, 2010 7:09 AM

    Barber’s running style has actually saved his legs. He uses his hands to engage the defender early to force them to try to take him on up high.
    I think he had been in the league 3 years before I ever saw a defender get a clean shot at his legs.

  23. FlyinO says: May 26, 2010 8:00 AM

    Bill In DC says:
    May 25, 2010 10:34 PM
    # whatdiga says: May 25, 2010 9:19 PM
    “hey look.. the 1-7boys are overhyping yet another player”
    —————
    umm, what alternate universe do you come from?
    ——————————————-
    Wow! Cowboy’s fans are really that dumb. He’s referring to the pukes horrendous playoff record for about the last 14 years or so.
    *It’s actually 1-6 I believe. Either way, can you say perennially overrated!
    It wouldn’t be suprising to see the Cowboy’s in last place this year in the East.

  24. Chapnasty2 says: May 26, 2010 8:31 AM

    tinopuno says:
    May 25, 2010 11:29 PM
    # Chapnasty2 says: May 25, 2010 8:49 PM
    Anyone who isnt an ignorant Cowboy hater already knew this.
    —————————————————-
    How ’bout the millions of well informed Cowboy haters?
    ————————————————
    That sure is an oxymoron if I have ever seen one.

  25. goboys82 says: May 26, 2010 8:46 AM

    It’s so pathetic to take so much time to be a hater… jealousy is sad…

  26. goboys82 says: May 26, 2010 8:46 AM

    EAGLES#1 says:
    May 25, 2010 8:59 PM
    so do all RB’s haha wait til the pads come on. he’ll fall apart like he always does..
    Kinda like the entire Eagles team… 3 times last year?

  27. Duck Fallas says: May 26, 2010 9:01 AM

    He’ll be lucky to top 600 yards this season.

  28. overkil2 says: May 26, 2010 9:08 AM

    Marion Barber will get traded for some botox and a box of HoHos.

  29. efangule says: May 26, 2010 9:33 AM

    Wow! Cowboy’s fans are really that dumb. He’s referring to the pukes horrendous playoff record for about the last 14 years or so.
    *It’s actually 1-6 I believe. Either way, can you say perennially overrated!
    It wouldn’t be suprising to see the Cowboy’s in last place this year in the East.
    —-
    1-7 in last 8 playoffs games
    1-6 in last 6 playoff trips..
    same difference :)

  30. Big Tex says: May 26, 2010 9:45 AM

    For those who haven’t noticed, our friend Opie, got a new word for his birthday. The word is “schism”. He asked for a girlfriend, but got a word instead. This word can only be applied to the Cowboys. Should anyone wish to comment on, let’s say, the turmoil that Albert Haynesworth has created in Washington or the number of Ravens skipping OTAs, you will need to refer to that as “derisive” or possibly “creating a cleft”, anything but “schism”. “Schism” cannot be used. I think there are some copyright laws involved. Thank you and have a nice day.

  31. Opie says: May 26, 2010 11:25 AM

    @ Big Tex: The reason I choose “schism” is that there are so many of you that pray at the altar of Jerruh in that monestary he had built. Blind faith in a false religion and so, by definition, schism fits.
    I could use discord, but it’s not strong enough. Or aperture, but not many would get the reference and it sounds like you should order some wine and cheese with it.
    Of course, the other reason is that it was used so much, in other postings by the host, in regards to other situations that were blown out of proportion……
    Never the less, the ‘boys have dissension within their ranks. One playoff win in 10 years will do that to a team that finds this level of success…..

  32. Big Tex says: May 26, 2010 12:35 PM

    So if you have quality depth, that creates a “schism” in your eyes? BTW, the ‘Boys also have the highest winning percentage of any team in the league.

  33. Opie says: May 26, 2010 3:07 PM

    I guess it depends on your definition of “quality depth.” Prima dona WR wanting more money or puking during voluntary OTA’s is what causes schisms.
    The OLine is just old and not very deep, completely different point.

  34. manofaiki says: May 26, 2010 3:25 PM

    Say does anybody remember who had the #2 offense in the NFL last year?
    http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?archive=false&conference=null&role=TM&offensiveStatisticCategory=GAME_STATS&defensiveStatisticCategory=null&season=2009&seasonType=REG&tabSeq=2&qualified=true&Submit=Go
    Who had the #7 rushing attack and the #6 passing attack?
    If so, could somebody explain how that offense got WORSE this offseason?
    Thanks! :)

  35. Bious says: May 26, 2010 5:05 PM

    It is common sense that these RB’s at some point would want to stop sharing so many carries
    They are getting older and want more of a roll and none will get it as all 3 RB’s will share some time
    Barber used to get all the goal-line carries but I doubt he will be happy if anyone else gets goal-line carries

  36. Opie says: May 27, 2010 9:24 AM

    @ manofaiki:
    “Say does anybody remember who had the #2 offense in the NFL last year?”
    “If so, could somebody explain how that offense got WORSE this offseason?”
    ____________________________
    Those rankings are based solely on yards gained and not points scored. Not that I’m crapping on gaining yards, but points scored is just as important.
    As to how a team could get worse:
    a) older, lack of depth OLine
    b) 3 RB where the backups are better than the starter
    c) WR drama
    d) tougher schedule = better defenses (in theory)
    All I’m saying is that there are definite questions of concern. Plus, in all actuality, the 2nd best offense only got 1 playoff win. So, there must be something to points scored vs. yards gained…..maybe they just had very poor field position most of the year?

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