Offseason look: The backfield

RanchReport.com takes a look at the offensive backfield for the Dallas Cowboys headed into the offseason.

QUARTERBACK: Starter — Tony Romo. Backups — Jon Kitna, Stephen McGee.
Tony Romo, a former Pro Bowl performer for America's Team, missed the last 10 games after suffering a fractured left clavicle. And while Kitna played surprisingly well in his absence, this remains Romo's team. He may be better for it, learning a few things from Kitna about leadership while sitting and watching, gaining perspective on the offense, play-calling and other valuable lessons.

Kitna proved he still has it and could actually start for a few teams in this league if surrounded by enough playmakers. He went 4-5 as a starter to more than earn another year with the Cowboys. McGee played for an injured Kitna the final 1 1/2 games and showed he is worth investing more time in as a backup for the future.

RUNNING BACKS: Starters — Felix Jones, FB Chris Gronkowski. Backups — Tashard Choice, Marion Barber The Cowboys went through a changing of the guard at running back in 2010 as Felix Jones is now the full-time starter. He took over the role as the featured back earlier in the season, while Barber continued to open the game with the first team. But once Barber missed three games with a strained calf, Jones was inserted into the starting lineup. He led the team in rushing with 800 yards.

Barber had his worst season since his rookie year, gaining just 373 yards and averaging 3.3 yards per carry. The Cowboys liked the tandem of Jones and Choice and that appears to be the duo going forward. Dallas could actually save money on the salary cap by cutting Barber.

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