The Dallas Cowboys remain foolish if they think DeMarco Murray is the answer to their ground game.
He may be the best answer they’ve got now, but Murray constantly gives them no reason to think they have a feared running attack that will complement Tony Romo‘s passing game.
If the Cowboys had a schedule featuring only the St. Louis Rams, Murray would be on his way to the Hall of Fame.
In two career games in 2011 and 2013 for the Cowboys against the Rams, he’s averaging 214 yards. But for his entire career, he’s averaging 59.1 yards per game against the rest of the NFL.
It’s very obvious that except for the Rams, all other Cowboy opponents just need to focus on shutting down the passing game to have success against the Dallas offense.
Murray needs to find a way to play like he did as a rookie in 2011. He gave the Cowboys decent performance from on the ground with 5.5 yards per carry, although he did gain a huge chunk against the Rams with 253 yards in one game where he showed the potential he has. He suffered ankle injuries late in the season as a rookie and is still trying to regain that form.
The Cowboys are still waiting for Murray to add a little more to the running game to make the offense more dangerous.
In a league where quarterbacks and wide receivers gain center stage over running backs on many teams, the Cowboys obviously realize how much more success they’ll have with a strong running attack. They’re putting all their chips on Murray, and such a move could backfire again.