After the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38 – 33 on Sunday night, Cowboys QB, Tony Romo, talked about how important it was to have that running game back to maximize what the Cowboys can do on offense. What he meant was how important it was to have DeMarco Murray back. Murray, it seems, is the only running back the Cowboys have that opposing teams respect.
When teams have to respect the Cowboys running game, Romo – his ‘one man band’ burden temporarily lifted – gets an extra second. When Romo gets an extra second, he can be deadly. Thank you DeMarco Murray.
Of course the Cowboys offensive line still sucks and Murray has been ineffective in some games – mainly because the offensive line sucks – so it’s not always a given that when Murray plays, Romo will have a field day. It’s just a lot more likely.
Tony to DeMarco: “You.. complete.. me”
DeMarco Murray, in less than two, injury plagued, seasons, has clearly established himself as the Cowboys number one back. No more running back by committee. If Murray can figure out how to stay healthy, which is no easy task given his history – being injury prone is the main reason he fell so far in the draft – he can be one of the best running backs in the League.
Romo needs more than just a running game to be successful. He also needs his receivers to step up and play better – and smarter – by running better routes and catching the ball when it’s thrown at them. Too many times the last couple years, that has not happened. We all know Romo is capable of the bone head interception, but how many of his total interceptions were the result of poor receiver play? Too many.
I, for one, have been very vocal about what a mistake it was to not try harder to keep WR Laurent Robinson after last season. It is so very important to have a receiver that has that extra sensory connection with his QB. Laurent had that with Tony. This year, it seemed the Cowboys entire receiving core, with the exception of TE, Jason Witten (after the first couple games), couldn’t consistently run routes, adjust to audibles, or catch a football. Romo’s frustration was palpable and it affected the quality of his game as well.
Despite all the frustration, Romo continued to believe in his receivers (did he have a choice?). He believed they would eventually get it and start turning things around, even when everyone else was ready to throw in the towel on all of them, especially WR Dez Bryant. If we are honest, most of us were ready to call Dez a bust. Ater all, Dez Bryant is too immature, too undisciplined, he’ll never live up to his talent and potential or those who wore number 88 before him. Romo wasn’t buying it. He hasn’t given up on Dez and Dez knows Romo has his back. If the last few game are any indication, that support may be starting to pay off.
Dez to Romo: “You.. complete (passes to).. me”
Dez Bryant, in the last three games, seems to be emerging into the receiver we all thought he could be, and if that’s true then Romo may have found his new #1 receiver and, to me, the sky (or the Super Bowl) is the limit. All the faith Romo has shown Dez, maybe Romo knew it all along. After all, I haven’t seen Romo smile like he did after the Philly game in a very long time.
Am I jumping the gun on Dez Bryant? Maybe. But you all are ready to jump back on Dez’s bandwagon too, aren’t you?. We all knew his potential, that’s why it’s been so frustrating. We are all too happy to actually see that potential in action.
Couple Dez’s emergence and the successful return of DeMarco Murray with Romo having the time to be Romo and what do we have? A better offense? For sure. More success? That’s still hard to say. The new ‘Triplets’? Well… I don’t know.
What I do know is, it’s all coming a little too late this year.
My Points and Observations:
-Only our Dallas Cowboys are capable of taking an 11 point lead with like 58 seconds left and let the opponent back in the game.
-The defense is starting to miss Sean Lee, Bruce Carter and Jay Ratliff
-Even if we win out, the tie breakers are killers. How big were our losses to the Seahawks and the Bears.
- Artie Cappello