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Barber to Start

Dallas' Barber to start at running back against Giants
By Ed Werder
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Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips has decided to have the NFC's Super Bowl favorite open the playoffs with a different look on offense. According to Cowboys sources, Pro Bowl running back Marion Barber will replace season-long starter Julius Jones in Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

It is not only something of a belated acknowledgement that Barber is the team's best runner, blocker and receiver out of the backfield but perhaps also an indication of how much the Cowboys intend to make the emotion that results from his punishing style a factor at Texas Stadium.

The Giants have won eight straight road games, losing only to the Cowboys in their season-opener at Texas Stadium.

Although Barber has not started a single game this season, he is responsible for all three of the Cowboys' individual 100-yard rushing performances. The Cowboys are 8-0 when Barber scores a rushing touchdown. He has 23 rushes for 99 yards and a touchdown in Dallas' two regular-season victories over the Giants.

"You see how excited he is when he gets up after every run -- even if he lost yardage,'' Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce said. "He's one of the toughest backs in the league to bring down even though he's nowhere near being the biggest. You can't tackle that guy high because he'll run you over and he has that great stiff arm.''

Phillips informed Jones of the decision during the bye week so that he had time to recover from his disappointment. According to the source, Jones was upset with the decision and clearly not himself for several days. But he has apparently improved his attitude after being assured he will be rotated into the game and will continue to have the kind of plays he prefers as part of their game plan against the Giants.

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I kinda thought (well, more hoped) that Phillips was saving Barber's first start for the playoffs just to kinda give the other teams' defenses a little different look (even though it really makes no difference, it could be one of those mind-fuck things that won't hurt Dallas but could possibly benefit them). I'm just glad Barber's being recognized and rewarded for his hard work all season long. And LOLz at Jones being a whiny bitch about it.


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Has he never started or something? He obviously plays. What difference does this make?

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Jones has always been the starter, but Barber has proven time and time again that he's the better back. More yards on fewer carries, and he'll run guys over when he's carrying the ball and lay down some nice blocks when he's not.


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Jones has always been the starter, but Barber has proven time and time again that he's the better back. More yards on fewer carries, and he'll run guys over when he's carrying the ball and lay down some nice blocks when he's not.
Jesus. The Cowboys coaching staff JUST figure this out? I knew this since pre-season!

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Has he never started or something? He obviously plays. What difference does this make?
The 'boys offense just seems to flow a bit better with Barber in the game. With the importance of this game, I think the coach and everyone else wants top intensity from the 1st play.
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Has he never started or something? He obviously plays. What difference does this make?
x2 He is deff. the #1 back but, I would just keep things the way they have been so far. He plays that way b/c he comes off the bench fresh. When J. Jones contract is up they need to let that sorry mofo go.
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jones cant make plays!!

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I thought this was going to be an Onion post about Tikki Barber starting for the G-Men, LOL!
It's no big deal, JJ is a good ruinning back too, two different style running backs. I can assure you that Barber can't run without blocking either, no one will ever be as good as Emmitt Smith, it's too bad one of them will probably leave after next year, I believe they need a two headed giant at running back...'Henry

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