Should the Cowboys run the ball more in 2014?
After the Cowboys picked Zack Martin with the 16th overall pick in last week’s draft, many believed that quarterback Tony Romo’s protection improved and running lanes were opened for running back DeMarco Murray.
The first part, sure, the latter, not so much.
After a Twitter mailbag discussion with fans, ESPNDallas.com’s Todd Archer noted that the Cowboys likely won’t increase running plays for Murray unless they have a lead.
“They will run more if they have the lead more. That is something [offensive coordinator] Scott Linehan mentioned in a talk on Friday.”
While I don’t blame Linehan for having potential caution with Murray, I can’t help but wonder why the team is stringently stuck on a passing formula.
The NFL is a passing league, which many fans fully understand.
Taking that further, no running backs were chosen in the first round of this year’s draft, the running the ball doesn’t hold as much importance as it did in the past.
Yet the Cowboys haven’t made it beyond 8-8 by simply passing the ball. Giving Romo an opportunity to rack up stats and touchdowns looks great on paper, but where are the results?
For Linehan to state that the team will do more with Murray and the running game with leads lays the foundation for another year of un-balanced game plans where Romo tosses the ball 30 times and Murray receives 12 carries.
Seems insane to continue to do the same things each year with different people calling the shots.
As the offensive line becomes stronger with the potential to give Murray a 1,500 yard season, why not use the weapon?
Linehan and head coach Jason Garrett have more football knowledge than I do, so I won’t go too far over the line with criticism. Still – makes one wonder why they’re sold on one way of winning that does not include a robust ground game.