Ben wrote:jones is due to return thanksgiving weekend at home against the bears.
i have not seen the 'boys play in a while, and am curious to know if there will be holes through which julius can run. will he even have a chance to thrive this season? what about richie anderson, rashard lee and eddie george? will they still be in the mix?
it seems that with witten and keyshawn, there are a couple reasons that defenses might not stuff 8-in-the-box.
what do you guys see jj doing upon his return?
Well let's face it. Eddie George is below average. Far below average. Stick in an average RB and the Cowboys have much more success in the running game than they have with George.
Here's what I don't get. ReShard Lee only has 27 carries, but they sure were pretty good. Take Eddie George's BEST 27 carries and they probably aren't as good as Lee's. I think Eddie George would make a great fullback. If I were Parcells I'd drop the hammer and say "Eddie you're our new lead fullback". Eddie is a great pass blocker, has decent enough hands that could be a threat out of the backfield occasionally and with his toughness I'm sure he'd make a nice lead blocker for a tailback.
Parcells was quoted as saying he doesn't trust Lee in pass protection. Moving Eddie to FB and using more 2 back sets with him and Lee would alleviate that problem. Given the fact they only have 1 healthy WR, it's not like they are gonna be employing any 3 and 4 WR sets anytime soon. Makes perfect sense to me at least.
As far as JJ goes, all he has to do is be average and he'll be a lot better than Eddie has been. What that means specifically in terms of his production on Dallas combined with their schedule... who knows. The Saints are a good matchup, the Bears and Skins aren't. The Eagles are a good matchup for a team that can exploit their run weakness. Whether or not Dallas can remains to be seen. By my excel matchup scheduler, Dallas has the 4th hardest remaining run schedule remaining behind NYG, PIT and IND. However without BAL on the schedule which JJ misses, it's more like... 13th hardest run schedule remaining...
I wouldn't start JJ until Parcells showed a committment to running him 20 times a game regardless of actual result.
As far as the o-line is concerned, they are probably playing better than any of their RBs are. They get stuffed for no/short gain a lot and haven't been really good at short yardage pickups. How much of that can JJ fix....? Well that's what we're gonna find out.