You don't need to look much further than running back Felix Jones for an example of how quickly fortunes can change in the NFL.
At this time last year, Jones was poised to become the Cowboys' featured attraction at running back after years of splitting time with Marion Barber. There were questions about his fitness for the job, but no doubt that the Cowboys viewed him as a big part of their plans in 2011 and beyond.
Then Jones got hurt, DeMarco Murray happened and the above paragraph was rendered as obsolete as a Commodore 64.
Now Jones is facing questions about whether or not he even deserves a roster spot after a failed conditioning test to open training camp and lackluster performances once he was able to run a few sprints without dropping dead. Even without any obvious choices for backup tailback on the roster, it has started to feel like Jones' days were numbered.
Of course, no one's days in Dallas are actually numbered in case that other guy with the last name Jones says that they are numbered. That would be Jerry Jones, of course, and he says that Felix's spot on the roster is guaranteed this season.
"That’s a ridiculous thought,” Jerry Jones said in a radio interview, via ESPNDallas.com. "I'm not worried about him at all. From what I’ve seen out there, he’s got a chance to have a big year for us."
It would be a thrill to go through a day seeing things the way that Double J sees them. After six or seven hours of adjusting to a view of the world that bears no resemblance to the one you knew before, it would actually be a bit thrilling to catch a view of Felix Jones that doesn't make him look like an out of shape back with nothing much to offer an NFL team.
Equally interesting would be a trip into Double J's brain to understand why he thinks the best motivation for a player who has spent the last few years getting fatter and less effective is to guarantee him a roster spot. Conventional wisdom would suggest that it's better to threaten to take away a man's job than tell him that there's no chance he's losing it, but, then, coventional wisdom and the Cowboys frequently find themselves at odds.