Murray has spent a large part of his career battling injuries and missing a lot of game action. Now that he is finally healthy, Murray showed he can be a workhorse for the Cowboys when given the opportunity. Murray ran with a ferociousness that might have given Cowboys fans flashbacks of longtime running back Marion Barber.
At a young age, running backs are always told to “finish the run”, and Murray lowered the boom on several defenders all night on Sunday. With Lance Dunbar on the IR, Murray got the majority of the carries during the game versus the Eagles and he made the most out of each carry. Murray proved that he could carry the rock as many times as the Cowboys needed him to.
However, Murray could not carry the Cowboys into the playoffs. After getting behind, the Cowboys were forced to abandon the run, limiting Murray to just 17 rushing attempts. In fact, the Cowboys are undefeated when Murray has 20 or more rushing attempts. With Romo coming off of back surgery, Murray needs to be featured in the offense a lot more because the Cowboys are a much better team when Murray gets his rushing attempts, and the stats are their to prove it.
The Cowboys have a lot of questions going into the offseason. Fixing the defense needs to be priority no. 1 along with finding the eventual replacement for the aging Jason Witten. Going forward, Murray can prove to be a truly irreplaceable part of the Cowboys’ offense. Even though the shelf life of running backs is generally not that long, Murray has proven that he can be a special running back that is more than capable of getting the job done.