And Marion, for that matter?
With all the excitement and speculation about Wade Phillips being the new head coach in Dallas, Jason Garrett taking over as offensive coordinator, the Cowboys sticking to the 3-4, and Romo having a chance to develop, I’m actually most interested in what’s going to happen for the running backs.
You’ve got Julius Jones, who rushed for over 1,000 yards this last year, didn’t score much, and was a pretty by-the-book runner. Some even argue that Parcells trained him more in the ways of “just run the play – don’t lose yards” rather than “improvise when needed and chance finding the big hole.” What’s going to happen to Julius under a new offense? I don’t know if we’ve seen everything he’s capable of; maybe we have. And, why doesn’t he return kicks? He’s Notre Dame’s all-time leading punt-returner.
And what about Marion Barber? Big Bill loved him in the red zone, and he had some really good looks during the season. Definitely knows how to smash it up the middle. But could he carry a full load? How many of those TDs could Julius have scored if he had been given the chance in the red zone?
It will be interesting to see what Garrett makes of all this, if he sticks to the two-back system as much as Parcells did.