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DeMarco Murray: I think Felix Jones is the Cowboys’ starter

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DeMarco Murray’s three-game stretch as the Cowboys’ No. 1 running back has yielded 466 yards — the best total of any three-game stretch in franchise history. And yet Murray still doesn’t think he’s on top of the depth chart.

Instead, Murray says that Felix Jones, who has missed the last three games with a sprained ankle and has been ruled out for Sunday, will return to the starting lineup when he’s healthy.

“From my understanding, I think he’s still the starter,” Murray told the Dallas Morning News. “He’s a great running back, and he was doing a great job before he went down. I’m expecting him to come back in and do what he’s been doing, which is great, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to continue to compete and try to help out as much as I can.”

Murray added that “I know my role,” and it’s clear that he wants to avoid saying anything that would result in dissension within the Cowboys’ locker room. Good for him for that.

But the truth is, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett would be nuts to reduce Murray’s role in the offense. Murray has been sensational over the last three weeks, and Jones is the one who’s going to need to get accustomed to a different place in the Cowboys’ offense.

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23 Responses to “DeMarco Murray: I think Felix Jones is the Cowboys’ starter”
  1. goawayeverybody says: Nov 11, 2011 4:13 PM

    I really like Felix Jones – he is a class A decent guy. But if the Dallas Cowboys don’t make Demarco Murray their lead back, everyone will know just how stupid the entire organization is.

  2. troybulletinboard says: Nov 11, 2011 4:14 PM

    as an owner of both jones AND murry, it’d be just super if they’d let murray keep, you know.. succeeding in the role jones repeatedly fails at.

  3. troopy5405 says: Nov 11, 2011 4:17 PM

    Felix is no McFadden… So let’s be real Murray there’s no if ands or buts about who is gonna have the starting role when Felix is back… Murray will get prob 15-20 carries a game and Felix maybe 10

  4. Land Snark says: Nov 11, 2011 4:23 PM

    It doesn’t really matter if Murray is the “starter” or not.

    LDT was the “starter” for the Jets when they played the Bolts. You think he got more carries than Greene?

    It’s all a matter of semantics. Jones will get 10-15 carries and be “spelled” by Murray for another 20+ carries.

    Garrett isn’t a complete fool after all.

  5. faultylogic29 says: Nov 11, 2011 4:24 PM

    Best use of Jones is to use him as a change of pace back like he was at Arkansas. Get him to the outside where he can run around people.

  6. hansenbrothers says: Nov 11, 2011 4:26 PM

    I remember half falling asleep watching a preseason game, and this Murray kid comes in, and I just sat straight up and was like, “Wow, this kid’s good.” I wasn’t sure if it meant anything because it was the 3rd quarter of a preseason game but, I guess it did.

  7. mlan08 says: Nov 11, 2011 4:33 PM

    As a Cowboy fan I don’t care who starts but, Murray needs to get about 2/3 of the carries.

    Simply put Murray runs with more power and gets up field better. Felix should still get 8-10 touches but IMO at least half of those should come in from screens and passes on passing downs. Felix can’t the punishment to be your horse. Let Murray do the heavy lifting, let Felix be the nitche guy.

  8. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 11, 2011 4:36 PM

    This should be no debate.
    Murray > Jones.
    Sorry Felix, your time is drawing near if you continue to struggle staying healthy.

  9. secretomen00 says: Nov 11, 2011 4:40 PM

    if the cowboys had a good offensive coordinator, we wouldn’t be questioning who the starter should be.

    jerry needs to hire an offensive coordinator.

  10. fissels says: Nov 11, 2011 4:53 PM

    He won’t hire an OC unless Garrett asks him to, and thats unlikely IMO

  11. 7to10for6allday says: Nov 11, 2011 4:53 PM

    Keep Murray, trade jones he stinks

  12. mvpolamalu says: Nov 11, 2011 5:02 PM

    Murray should get at least 85% of the carries, theres no question hes better than jones

  13. kilo0986 says: Nov 11, 2011 5:04 PM

    Everyone forgets that Murray plays for the cowboys where your salary determines who starts and i will not be shocked if Felix is still the starter. Just another reason why “Americas team” is being driven into the ground by Jerry

  14. dublindemonszfl says: Nov 11, 2011 5:07 PM

    It will be good for both of them in the long run. Murray will slow once there is more film on him and defenses pick up on his tendencies. He has proven the better back, but you need two, 4 if you play in DC.

  15. howley1 says: Nov 11, 2011 5:21 PM

    Everyone forgets that Murray plays for the cowboys where your salary determines who starts


    Sure, ask Keith Brooking about that.

  16. philly4lyfe says: Nov 11, 2011 5:45 PM

    I hate the cowboys but I like this guy. Unselfish, non-arrogant athletes are pretty these days.

  17. proBirdie says: Nov 11, 2011 5:55 PM

    It really doesn’t matter because Felix will be hurt after a game or two

  18. bobhk says: Nov 11, 2011 5:56 PM

    howley1 says:
    Nov 11, 2011 5:21 PM
    Everyone forgets that Murray plays for the cowboys where your salary determines who starts


    Sure, ask Keith Brooking about that.

    Or we can ask how Roy Williams started last year even though he was not among the top two WRs on the team.

  19. detroitrollin22 says: Nov 11, 2011 7:18 PM

    Passing Downs= Felix
    Most run plays= Murray

    It’s really that simple

  20. localbandhero says: Nov 11, 2011 7:19 PM

    If Dallas needs/wants a starter for the “Guy Who Looks Like Dave Chappelle the Most” then Felix is absolutely the one to go with.

  21. ifinallyhadtosignupsoicanbeatrosenthalatff says: Nov 11, 2011 11:09 PM

    Felix is the better all around back. Murray is good, but Felix is the better every down back.

  22. sports_dude says: Nov 11, 2011 11:18 PM

    Both are great athletes, but how can you deny the resume Murray has put together over the last 3 weeks. As an Arkansas fan, I can tell you, Felix,is not an every down back. He is 10x better with a supporting cast.

  23. cowboyfaninut says: Nov 12, 2011 8:02 AM

    Felix doesn’t get through the line very well. He excels in open space I think they need to use felix on screens and on passing situations as a check down where he can do his thing let dickerson I mean murray do the every down stuff. Knowing garret though now that he has two good backs he will probably go to handing the ball off ten times a game.

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