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

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Emmitt Smith had an incredible eleven straight 1000 yard seasons in his thirteen years in Dallas. Had things been handled slightly differently he would have done it all thirteen years. In other words, the man was amazing, but we all know that.

Joining Dupre on this list of leading the team in rushing are Don Perkins (7 times), Dan Reeves, Calvin Hill (4 times), Duane Thomas (twice), Robert Newhouse, Rick Dennison, Tony Dorsett (10 times), Herschel Walker (twice), Paul Palmer, Emmitt Smith (13 times), Troy Hambrick, Julius Jones (3 times), Marion Barber (3 times), Felix Jones, and now DeMarco Murray (twice). Barring a major disappointment Murray is expected to add a third season leading the team in rushing in 2013; but I still haven’t discussed whether he needs to break 1000 yards or not.

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against New Orleans Saints cornerback Elbert Mack (44) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It took the Cowboys thirteen years to finally have a 1000 yard rusher. Calvin Hill tallied 1036 yards in 1972 to be our very first to do it. Hill accomplished this feat twice when he did it again in 1973. By the time Calvin did it the Cowboys had been to two Super Bowls after the 1970 and 1971 seasons. They won Super Bowl VI after the 1971 season, so having a 1000 yard rusher was not needed then.

In 1977 Tony Dorsett became the first and only rookie RB to ever accomplish rushing for 1000 yards for the Cowboys. It was the first of his eight times to accomplish the feat. As mentioned, the strike year he was on track to do it, and that would have made nine straight years he accomplished this feat in Dallas.

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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.

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