ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 20: Running back Marion Barber #24 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball past Bruce Johnson #25 of the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Dallas Cowboys have a peculiar and enviable problem: three talented running backs, an overall dynamic offense and one ball to be distributed among them. Marion Barber, Tashard Choice and Felix Jones have all proved they can play at a high level.
The trouble for Dallas now, is deciding how to optimize this talent. Last season, Barber was the named starter, to some second-guessing around town, while the dynamic Jones and Choice were used sporadically, Choice mostly out of the Razorback set.
Jones saw an increase in carries late in the season, leading some to wonder if the Arkansas product would enter 2010 in the starting role. He still might, but as of now, the competition is on and wide open.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones couldn't be happier about it.
"Is there going to be competition? Yes," Jones said. "But do we have proven players three deep? We do. ... So I think you're going to have competition, but we really feel pretty good that we know what Marion can do, what Felix can do, what Tashard can do.
"The bottom line is, I feel good about our running backs. I like our depth and I really like the way Jason [Garrett] is starting to use them."