Darren McFadden impressed Cowboys owner and general manager, Jerry Jones, in one on one drills during the joint practice with the Rams on Tuesday. But…
We all know Darren McFadden is an athletic freak of nature with blazing 4.33 speed, but the Cowboys front office needs to decide if they wanted an every down back or a receiver out of the backfield.
Darren McFadden dominated one-on-one pass drills, impressing owner/general manager Jerry Jones,
“McFadden hit that thing for the first time up in there and showed some real stuff, and he sure showed some real burst in a couple of drills where they weren’t just full tackling,” Jones raved Tuesday morning. “Boy, if we can keep him out there, he’ll tear their you know what up.”
Darren McFadden was drafted fourth overall in the 2008 NFL draft after showing elite athletic ability and blazing speed at the scouting combine. Al Davis, much like Jerry Jones, tended to get enamored by athletic ability and speed. That’s all well and good if it translates to the field at the NFL level.
Since Darren McFadden was drafted in 2008, he has only started 64 of a possible 112 games. He has only had “ONE” SEASON with over 1,000 yards rushing.
If you think that’s bad for the fourth overall pick: Check this out. I recently made a case for the Cowboys to sign Benjarvus Green-Ellis to add some veteran depth in the event Darren McFadden can’t stay healthy. (if history is a true indicator he can’t.) You can read it by clicking here. Lets see how they compare.
Over the last three years, Darren McFadden only had one season over 600 yards; 707 in 2012. He had a measly 379 in 2013 and 534 in 2014 for an average of 3.3 yards per carry. It gets worse.
Over the last seven years, Darren McFadden only amassed nine rushing TDs and one receiving. He fumbled the rock 17 times! Is this what you would expect from the fourth overall pick? Lord have mercy.
Benjarvus Green-Ellis carried the Rock 1,008 times for 3,914 yards (3.9 yards per carry), 42 touchdowns, and only fumbled the rock five times. McFadden only had 2 more rushing TDs in his entire career than The Law Firm averaged per season as a situational back. Let’s be real Cowboys Nation. How many times prior to last season did the Cowboys have a 1st and goal, then end up settling for 3 because they couldn’t punch it in? DeMarco Murray had more TDs last year than McFadden had in his entire career. The great Emmitt Smith averaged around 20 per season when the Cowboys were winning championships.
let’s not forget, the Cowboys went 6-10, 8-8, 8-8 and 8-8 before the emergence of the running game last year when they were one catch away from the NFC championship game! Taking all of this in to consideration: Who would you rather hand the ball to on 3rd and short, or 3rd and goal? The Law Firm, or Darren McFadden? It’s not rocket science, that’s for damn sure.
Jerry let the NFLs leading rusher run off to Philly and has all of his eggs in one basket. He can get excited about drills if he wants to. All I care about is real games. The window is closing for Romo and Witten. The time to win is now.
NFL history has taught us that a culture change or a better situation, can be all it takes for a player to become what he was expected to be. As a fan of the Cowboys, I hope to God that is the case with Darren McFadden. As an analyst I have to be objective. What are the odds? In the world of professional sports, there has to be a plan B. We have no way of knowing if Randle is durable enough to carry the load if McFadden lives up to his reputation. Dunbar is in no way an every down back. You can’t put Romo and Witten back in the same situation they have been in for over a decade. Jerry Jones needs to pull his head out of his you know what and make sure there is a plan B.