Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

Improved Offensive Line, Cowboys Don't Plan to Run Much


Jason Henry

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.

-JH


Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0


User Feedback


Insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results.

Murray could definitely be an upper-echelon RB in this league if the coaches just used him right.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

I read that the plan is to "throw more deep passes and run the ball more", so it'll be interesting to see if any of that actually happens. I have no doubt that Dallas will air it out, but I've always thought that they've lacked the ability to pick the right spots for a play-action deep ball. The chances are there, and with Murray it's definitely possible that he can take over a game when healthy, making the deep ball a whole lot easier to complete.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

You hit the nail on the head with your comment about their failure to pick the right spots.

We have enough history of Garrett to know what he likes to do. I just have no reason to believe that this year will be any different.

Lucas Polglaze and Jeff Smith like this

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

You hit the nail on the head with your comment about their failure to pick the right spots.

We have enough history of Garrett to know what he likes to do. I just have no reason to believe that this year will be any different.

 

Yeah I agree with you about Garrett completely. It's just too bad that things aren't going to change under him. I just think we have to make a coaching change before anything gets different.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yeah I agree with you about Garrett completely. It's just too bad that things aren't going to change under him. I just think we have to make a coaching change before anything gets different.

The talent is there. But is the direction? Not really.

Jeff Smith likes this

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

The talent is there. But is the direction? Not really.

 

Yep exactly, I'm a big believer that Jerry won't bring Garrett back next season almost no matter what...at least I think ha.

Lucas Polglaze likes this

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites


Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now




Latest Fantasy



More Fantasy