ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10: Running back Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys is tackled by linebacker Stephen Tulloch #55 of the Tennessee Titans at Cowboys Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Titans won 34-27. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Today I'm going to try to focus on one aspect of Sunday's debacle without going off on tangent about all the terrible, catastrophic things that happened.
One of the most obvious positive things to come out of Sunday's horrible, vomitous loss to the Titans was the emergence of Felix Jones as the featured running back of your Dallas Cowboys.
I can't even list the previous Blue Star posts where I've called for Jones to get more touches. There's too many. But it finally happened on Sunday, as Jones totaled 19 touches (15 rushes, four receptions) for an average of about 6.75 yards per touch.
And that's been on the bench this entire year?
Jones had the first 100-yard game of his career and the two longest runs of the Cowboys season — 20 and 34 yards.
Can you say home run hitter? The only guy that can challenge him in Arlington lately is Nellie Cruz.
And don't discount the timing of this move by Jerry — let's be real, Jerry made this call — to coincide with Chris Johnson's arrival in Arlington. Of course, Johnson had a good day too (131 rushing yards and two touchdowns) but Felix had a good showing against the most feared back in the NFL. All of this a day after Felix and Jerry were honorary Hog captains for the coin toss at the Arkansas-Texas A&M game.
So, what does this mean? Well, Felix is definitely the starter now. Marion Baber had six carries for 19 yards and no receptions. Felix was productive and he showed the explosiveness he had been lacking. Why was that lacking? Probably because he was never able to get into any kind of rhythm previously.
So, while the Cowboys season likely isn't salvageable, at least they seem to have a legitimate starting running back now and maybe that pick wasn't such a waste after all. But we've got some time to think about that.