News out of Valley Ranch this past week is that DeMarco Murray’s injury has been healing fine and he is expected to be ready for action. In case you missed it for some ungodly reason, Murray burst on to the scene last year with 897 yards over 164 attempts in just 13 games played. So you can imagine that this Cowboys fan welcomes news of his rehab going well.
Despite all the stats and excitement generated by Murray I can’t help but feel that he’s only scratching the surface. I know that’s hard to fathom, I mean the guy ran like the cops were chasing him all season and made other teams look foolish for passing him up. I’ve been so enamored with Murray that I’ve studied his game tapes and technique and there is a lot more to Murray than we’ve seen.
One thing that makes Murray special is his vision. He’s able to look at the whole field in minimal time to shift and hit holes that defenses can’t defend. That ability alone makes Murray one of most dynamic running back in the leagues. Murray isn’t just a one trick pony though he is deadly when utilized in the screen game. At Oklahoma, Murray was utilized in the screen game often and was explosive. For those who don’t understand the benefit of the screen game, the screen allows for blockers to pull out and the running back to run his route behind them allowing maximum blocking. The biggest advantage here is that Murray gets extra time to view the field and maximize gains.
When reviewing Murray’s stats last year it’s important to remember that he only played in 13 games and only started 6 of them. Still he was able to amass 26 receptions as a receiving back. Murray is a complete back who can end up with 40 receptions a season in an evolving Cowboys offense. He runs good routes, understands coverage’s, and forces mismatches against safeties and linebackers.
Troy Hambrick, Eddie George, Julius Jones, Marion Barber, and Felix Jones. That’s what we’ve had to endure the last 10 years. Consequently, we’ve been dying for a true running back to come in and anchor our running attack. We miss Emmitt but he’s never coming back and the emergence of Murray brings us back to thoughts of the glory days. Murray is an every down back in a league that has seen workhorses disappear. 200 carries a season and at least 40 receptions makes him one of the leagues best players. 16 games with 16 starts in a season makes him exactly what the Cowboys need to get back to where we once were.