On Sunday, Cowboys starting running back DeMarco Murray toted the rock a total of 12 times for a pedestrian 25 yards. In fact, Murray’s longest rush of the day was just 6 yards.
On Monday, head coach Jason Garrett told the Dallas Morning News that the Cowboys have to change that:
“Obviously we want to have more balance, not only more balance at the end of the game but more balance throughout the game,” Garrett said. “We have to run the ball more than 16 times in the game, and we have to be able to run it throughout the game. We just simply have to do a better job of that.”
When I read Garrett’s comments in the paper, I immediately thought that Garrett’s just saying what he needs to say to get the media off of his back. What I would like to know is, what the Cowboys are doing to run the ball better; How are the Cowboys planning to fix their lack of a running game?
During the offseason the Cowboys announced the hiring of Frank Pollack as the team’s assistant offensive line coach. The thought behind Pollack’s hiring was that he would help implement a zone-blocking scheme that would take advantage of Murray’s one-cut running style.
Two games into the season, however, the Cowboys running game has been practically nonexistent. I don’t know if the problem is that Pollack’s zone-blocking system isn’t working. Maybe, Murray’s being hesitant because of the rule changes to the running game, or maybe he’s being hesitant because of his injury history. Whatever it is, the Cowboys need to get it corrected this week as they prepare for the St Louis Rams.