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Cowboys Need More DeMarco Murray at Goal Line


Ben Grimaldi

The Dallas Cowboys need to run the ball more at the goal line.

For the last few seasons, fans have been clamoring for the Dallas Cowboys to run the ball more. Even though the team was very successful at running it last year, Dallas still finished the season ranked 31st in the league in rushing attempts for the second straight year.

It was very puzzling why the Cowboys don't run the ball more last year, especially considering their offensive line became a strength in 2013. They helped pave the way for the Cowboys to rush for 4.5 yards a carry, tied for seventh in the NFL. However, when leading rusher DeMarco Murray carried the ball, he led the league in yards per carry at 5.2 (for RB's with over 150 carries), so it's difficult to understand why they didn't attempt more runs.

To make matters even stranger, Dez Bryant had more touchdowns from inside the 2-yard line than Murray did. Bryant scored five times from 2-yard out, while Murray only managed three scores from the same distance, including just one touchdown from 1-yard out. In total, Cowboys running backs ran for just six touchdowns from inside the two-yard line.

This isn't a knock on Murray or the offense because the team was highly successful in the red zone last season. It's also hard to argue against throwing the ball to one of the best red zone targets in the business in Bryant but this is another area where the Cowboys play callers need to call for more runs. Murray proved to be an extremely good goal line runner last season; each of his 10 touchdowns came from inside the 10-yard line and seven were scored from 4-yards or closer.

The Cowboys not only need to run the ball more often but they need to run it in the right situations. DeMarco Murray is more than capable of handling more goal line opportunities and cashing in on those chances. Dallas has rebuilt their offensive to protect Tony Romo, but also to dominate the line of scrimmage.

Talking about running the ball more is nice but actually doing it would be better. The Dallas Cowboys have the ability to be successful running the ball and they should be doing it more near the goal line.

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Most definitely. Running the ball will be a key to success for Dallas, especially in the fourth quarter if they have a lead. The have to be smarter about when to run the ball, and take advantage of Murray's talents on the goal line. Nice write up.

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as a Murray owner, i wish he would see more opportunities near the goal line. i don't think he had a lost fumble in 2013, so i'm not sure exactly why he didn't get more chances, though i didn't get to see many Cowboy games in their entirety to assess situations, momentum, injuries, etc.

 

i agree that Dez, and possibly Witten, are great Red Zone options for Romo.

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Romo's great options in Bryant and Witten would make the running option even more appealing to the Cowboys. 

 

Defenses will be more focused on Romo throwing inside that small space than giving the rock to Murray, who is more than capable to drive it in their for seven. 

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