Do The Dallas Cowboys Need DeMarco Murray To Rush For 1000 Yards

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The Dallas Cowboys have played a total of  fifty three seasons. In twenty three of those seasons the leading rusher on the team topped the NFL milestone of 1000 yards in rushing on the season. That means that not even half the time have the Cowboys had a Running Back eclipsing that mythical mark. So do they need DeMarco Murray, or any other runner on the 2013 team to break that mark in order to make it to the next level? We’re going to look at every possible angle to determine an answer to that question.

Sixteen different players have led the Cowboys in rushing over the years. The very first man to do so was L. G. Dupre. On March 13, 1960 the NFL gave Tom Landry, Tex Schramm, and Gil Brandt 24 hours to choose players from the existing twelve NFL teams. They could choose up to three players from each team for a total of 36 players. Any other player they wanted would have to be traded for, or signed if they were a Free Agent. Dupre was one of the players the Cowboys selected from the Baltimore Colts. He led the Cowboys with a mere 362 yards rushing in 1960.

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against New Orleans Saints cornerback Johnny Patrick (32) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

That total represents the fewest yards in any season that the Cowboys leading rusher has gained. Only twice in the fifty three seasons has their leading rusher failed to eclipse at least 500 yards. The other time was the 1989 season where Herschel Walker was traded away, and Paul Palmer gained only 446 yards that season.

Even in the strike shortened 1982 season, where only nine games were played, Tony Dorsett rushed for 745 yards. Undoubtedly if he had stayed healthy, and the games had not been lost we would have had twenty four seasons with a 1000 yard rusher instead of the twenty three we do have. For that matter if Bruce Coslett were not an idiot in 2002 Emmitt Smith would have added one last 1000 yard season to his amazing career. And while I’m splitting hairs we’ve had other RBs get very close and could have eclipsed the mark if things had worked out right.

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  • Jbbravo

    I disagree Murry does need to get over 1000 yrds. The reason why is because it helps Romo. Sorry Romo is a good QB and his stats say so but he can not be completely relied on. Romo is a much better QB if someone is able to run the ball also. The more yards we can get from Murry the less pressure we have to put on Romo. With this QB give me a 1000 yrd rusher. You have to put that into consideration not just have it been done without one but what kind of QB you have playing.

  • ‘mericas_team2013

    I don’t believe he needs to get over 1000 yards, yardage is an empty stat anyway. The guy needs to start getting TDs that is the stat that matters. Like people say about Romo, what good are the 4500+ yards of throwing if he cant get it into the endzone? If Murray could help out in the redzone a little get a TD here and there, that would make Romo look better because they are finishing drives with TDs instead of FGs. Complain about guys like MB3 all you want but the guy did what was most important, SCORE TDS! Who cares if you rush for 1000 yards or 500 if you score 10 TDs?

    • ‘mericas_team2013

      Not to mention, use guys like Barber the way they should be used, the way they excel (like Parcells used him), would’ve probably kept him around much much longer. Barber thrived as a short yardage goal line back, not a starter and would have been around much much longer if not in the starting role.

      • Jbbravo

        Your right Barber was a beast in the endzone imagine having him and Murry.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Good article. I agree that Murray is a catalyzt for this team. Excellent points by the contributors below. Bottom line: it all depends on the OL. Opening holes for Murray to score TDs in the redzone. Not allowing the other team’s D to make the Boys one dementional. Protecting Tony. Relying less on Tony to be the only one to get it done.
    We need 2 – 3 new starters on the OL. Warmack, Cooper, Fluker in the 1st round.
    We need a solid back up RB that can carry a whole load. Chris Ivory of the Saints is a RFA. He would be a great addition. Young, fast, strong runner that is a 4th stringer in New Orleans. Would not cost much. In his rookie year, the Saints RBs all fell to injury and Ivory carried the team for 10 weeks.