Marion Barber started at running back for the Cowboys on Sunday. He will start again this Sunday, according to coach Wade Phillips.
"Because he is the starter," Phillips said. "I think it’s important he’s in there. He’s been the guy, and I think he still is."
After the first play on Sunday, Barber played mostly as the third-down back, with Felix Jones getting most of the carries. Jones had 15 carries for 109 yards and caught four passes for 17 yards, while Barber had six carries for 19 yards and no receptions.
Phillips said the "design" could change by the week, meaning there may be games where Barber gets more touches than Jones. Barber has 42 carries this season to Jones' 37, but Jones has more yards 197 to 144. The Cowboys have only one rushing touchdown this season.
Talk about confusing. Just a few days ago, it appeared Jones would be the lead back. He is clearly producing more than Barber, but it looks like Barber will at least see the first series. Starting doesn't always mean the most carries or better production - just ask Jamaal Charles. But, the situation still seems confusing and may go week-to-week as far as who is featured between Barber and Jones. Even though Barber will start, Jones seems to be the guy to own and put in lineups. He's a safe flex play.