Contrary to Popular Belief

It seems with this pesky thing called work, I just don’t get the time to surf the net anymore. So today, I decided to catch up on the news; reading up on everything from Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson’s alleged engagement, to Felix Jones being picked solely for his Arkansas roots, and even more current Terrell Owens and Tony Romo’s recent “attempts” at more publicity. Quite frankly the gossip is just sickening, and old at this point.

First, I want to talk just briefly on my opinion of Tony Romo’s off season life. Yes, I am fully aware that Tony is the starting Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and as such he has more responsibilities than any other player on the team as far as preparations are concerned. That said, the guy isn’t going to sleep on the artificial turf of Texas Stadium every night either. Here is a shock for everyone, that guy has a life. He is allowed, and I think anyone with half a brain should be able to accept this fact and be happy that he does. It’s not hard to figure out, that if someone lives, eats, and breathes their occupation on a daily basis, they are eventually going to get burned out. Secondly, as according to Executive Director of Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association, the school had asked Romo to throw the opening pitch for the Cubs game, since he was in town visiting his mom for mother’s day anyways, to promote the school to people in Chicago.

Next topic, Felix Jones/Jerry Jones Arkansas Connection. This is outdated, and I realize that. It needs to be said, however, and the point made extremely clear that Jerry Jones selecting Felix Jones had very little to do with what school Felix attended and more to do with fit. While Rashard Mendenhall may have been the better back, which is still questionable, he wasn’t going to be the fit that Felix Jones is going to be. The Cowboys didn’t need another bruiser running back, they already have Marion Barber. Simply put they needed a speed guy and Felix Jones is that guy to a T. Felix will also be able to serve as a kick returner as well if Pacman is not available for the start of season. This means that not only does Felix Jones fit better into the running scheme he is also a second part to an extensive insurance policy. Furthermore, Felix Jones is the first Arkansas player to be selected by the Dallas Cowboys, in any round of the draft, since Jerry Jones has become the owner. If he had such a propensity to draft Arkansas players don’t you think he would have done it sooner in his near 20 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys?

The third topic, Terrell Owens is on a sitcom, somehow or another this is supposed to be a distraction to the team? I actually don’t get this idea at all. If Terrell Owens is to be on TV, this is the ABSOLUTE safest way for him to get media attention. Sitcoms are scripted, the only thing I am wondering is can we get the writers from ‘Under One Roof’ to write T.O. a script for his press conferences? This is the biggest non issue there is right now, and as the Cowboys Gab senior editor and columnist, David Quinn pointed out there are more pressing issues with T.O. that we should be more concerned with. Why isn’t anyone reporting on that?

Around the web there is always plenty of talk about Jerry Jones being an inept GM, who is far too meddlesome and prone to be a disruptive force, in his own right, but this is mostly just mindless meanderings of people who have no concept of business or just don’t like the Dallas Cowboys altogether. Face it there are plenty of people far less capable of being GM than Jerry Jones, one Matt Millen comes to mind. How many GMs don’t have one Super Bowl to their name, and yet they continue to be GMs, and yet Jerry Jones has three. Not to mention, how many inept owners are there that can increase the value of their franchise from bottom tier-near bankruptcy to the most valuable franchise in all of sports?

Lastly, I am not worried so much about Marion Barber and Ken Hamlin not working out in Dallas at the moment. As far as I know there is no talk of a possible holdout brewing, and Jerry Jones has said that he is not concerned. The season hasn’t started, and these guys aren’t rookies. They will continue to do what they need to do to be in shape in time for season to start. Now, if they don’t show up for any OTAs I’ll be a bit concerned.


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4 Responses to “Contrary to Popular Belief”

  1. Johnel says:

    Outstanding post!!!

  2. Russ Loede says:

    If they wanted to get that so-called speedster to compliment Marion Barber why didn’t they select East Carolina’s own – Chris Johnson (4.24, 40) instead of Felix Jones.

    Johnson is bigger and faster, and would’ve fit perfectly. He is being compared to a Reggie Bush type player.

    Regardless, both Johnson & Jones have what it takes to be above-average 3rd down backs at the next level. They will just have get to better as pass protectors as pros now because it’s no uncommon theme to hear everyone whine & moan about a rookie having to be able to step right in and pick up the blitz schemes/packages, being able to learn ’em all and adjust to what is the most difficult job for a rookie RB.

    With that being said, I expect both Johnson/Jones to have good years for their respective teams but I look for Johnson to put up better #s and get more time. Overall, I would’ve taken Johnson over Jones @ 22. Nonetheless, it was a great deal Dallas made to get Cleveland’s pick (while also getting who they wanted in the 1st round in ’07. Regardless of the performances of Johnson/Jones there is not much difference between the two and they should both produce right away as rookies on both ST (Kick & Punt Returns) and on offense, especially in the passing department on screens. Needless to say they will do well in whatever role they’re in…

  3. Nate Acreman says:

    Russ,

    Comparing any running back to Reggie Bush does not give me much confidence in that player. Also, it wouldn’t surprise me if Johnson does get more snaps, but that’s only going to be because Marion Barber is going to be named starter this season. Felix Jones has had a lot of success in the back up role while in college, remember both he and McFadden ran for over 1000 yards each this past season. In college football that is an impressive stat for just one back, never mind two backs.

  4. Russ Loede says:

    Still, if Jones or Johnson turn out to be a Reggie Bush type player apart inconsistency, throwing out the injuries (see: ’05 season) both the Dallas Cowobys & Tennessee Titans would both be thrilled and estatic!

    More snaps for Johnson is more likely because Marion Barber is a workhorse and a legitimate back, unlike LenDale White.

    I watched Felix in College @ Arkansas and was impressed by him game-changing, breakaway speed in not the only the run department but in returning kicks also. He is going to help out your guys’ special teams unit for sure. Both Jones & Johnson are fun to watch and they can take it back to the crib anytime they get their hands on the rock.

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