As this team prepares for the decisions that they face in this off season, running back is one of those positions that will need their attention. There are no questions about who will be the starter in 2013 but who will the backups be? Felix Jones is in the final year of his deal and will most likely not be resigned. The organization did the best they could to try and help him develop but the expectations of the front office were not met and with that being the case, it is time to move on. Both
If I had to project what might happen at this position, my gut tells me that Murray and Dunbar will be back with Jones and Tanner looking for work elsewhere. The front office is going to have to address this position through the draft at some point and time because they cannot believe that they will go into the season with Dunbar as the backup because that would be foolish with the health history of Murray. What the Cowboys will look for is a back that has similar traits as Murray, one that can physically run the ball but be an effective pass catcher and an efficient blitz pickup back. It’s never easy to find those complete backs but it is not impossible.
The offseason will also be different for this position because Jason Garrett has made a switch at running back coach in moving on from Skip Peete. I have grown to respect Skip and the job he was able to. Usually in my experience when there is a staff change there is a difference of philosophy or the head coach doesn’t like the message that the coach is providing the players thus the change. There is no doubt that Skip Peete will land on his feet but I hated to see it was his time to go but change is a big part of this business and you accept that when you take one of these jobs.