Category Archives: Julius Jones

Norv comes out on top

So after all the hoopla of Norv Turner possibly making his way to Valley Ranch to coach the Cowboys, he’s landed the job in San Diego.

The team that most of us thought would be in the Super Bowl last year.

The team with the best offensive weapon the league has seen in a while. (Tomlinson)

The team that probably has the most promising young quarterback. (Rivers)

The team with the best and most prolific tight end in the game (Gates – no offense to Tony G.).

The team with probably the best offensive line in the game.

And a team with one of the best defenses in the league, assuming they’ll survive without Wade Phillips.

It’s a great deal for Norv. He’s a modern-day offensive genius who now has all the tools he needs to do his thing. Maybe pick up a great  receiver just to provide some icing on the cake. But he’s set. And as appetizing as I’m sure Dallas was with its offensive tools (Romo, Jones, Owens, Whitten), it also has some big areas of concern (Romo, Jones, Owens and the O-Line).

So, congrats to Turner. I think he came out on top, and it’s going to be even more fun to watch him run what’s already one of the best offenses in the league.

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What will become of Julius?

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.

jones_julius_150.jpgYou’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.

Thomas Jones fueling up for the Super Bowl

For all the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys fans, here’s a good link about Thomas Jones and Julius Jones and what protein shakes and supplements they use to get fueled up for the season. Strong and Steady. Pretty amazing that two brothers rush for over 1,000 yards each in the same season . . . .I’m not a Bears fan at all, but their defense is impressive, and what Thomas did 2 Sundays ago on just 19 carries is crazy. Good luck in the Super Bowl.

Any Super Bowl predictions out there? I’ve got Colts 24, Bears 17.