It’s no secret to any opposing NFL team these days that the Dallas Cowboys often abandon the running game.
This abandonment happens almost every week and that was no different in today’s 27-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The team only mustered 36 rushing yards on nine carries. nine.
If this team wants to sustain long-term success, Jason Garrett and Co. must start feeding the true X-factor of this team (sorry Dez): DeMarco Murray.
Murray possesses the power, the speed, and the ferociousness one would want in a running back. It’s truly a joy to watch him run the football and anyone watching today’s game could see the flashes of brilliance on his 27-yard scamper early in the first half.
Since Tony Romo became the Starting Quarterback in 2006, Jerry Jones has surrounded him with top receiving talent from Dez Bryant to now even Terrance Williams. Being “America’s Team” the Cowboys have become infatuated with their franchise quarterback and his capability to move the ball down field. And quite honestly I don’t blame them. But the coaches on this staff need to get back to the ground and Murray to become a more balanced offense.
Murray makes Romo a better quarterback and I’m even going to argue here that he makes Jason Garrett a better coach. Any time Murray gets the ball, it’s an opportunity for him to change the game. By feeding No. 29, the Cowboys can accomplish three things that would make them a better football team.
1. The Cowboys can keep their 32nd ranked defense well rested and off the field.
2. Romo, Dez, Witten and Co. can be even more of a threat down field as opposing defenses have to respect the run.
3. The ‘Boys can become better in clock and game management.
By improving in these three aspects, the Cowboys, currently at 5-4, could finish with at least 10 wins. At least 10 wins. The team currently ranks 26th in the NFL in terms of rushing offense, and that’s pathetic when you have a back that’s as talented as Murray.
Feed the man the ball, and watch the Cowboys win total increase.
Obviously any NFL team would be better by achieving success on the ground, but this might be even more true for the Dallas Cowboys. When Murray runs for over 100 yards in a game, the Dallas Cowboys are 7-0. And they’re 9-0 when he has 20 or more carries in a game.
I don’t think any further explanation is needed why the Cowboys must get back to feeding him the ball. However, Murray must stay healthy for the remainder of the season. He’s already missed two games this season totaling for 11 of 41 games in his first two and a half years as the Cowboys feature back.
The Cowboys can’t exercise caution with his health, and they certainly need to give him 20 plus touches in every game the rest of the season. They haven’t lost when they have, and I don’t see them losing to anyone the rest of the season if they do.
DeMarco Murray is the ultimate game changer for the Dallas Cowboys.
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