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

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Herschel Walker and Julius Jones are the only other RBs to ever top 1000 yards for the Cowboys. Each did it one time and Julius was the last to accomplish it back in 2006. That’s right, it has been six seasons since a Cowboys RB reached this milestone statistic. That drought is only eclipsed in Cowboys history by the twelve years from 1960 to 1971.

The Cowboys first three Super Bowl teams did not have a 1000 yard rusher, their last five Super Bowl teams had two by Tony Dorsett, and three by Emmitt Smith, and in all three times he accomplished the feat, he led the entire NFL in rushing. The first RB ever to lead the NFL in rushing, and be a Super Bowl Champion, and he did it three times.  In 1995 he had his greatest season as he gained a Cowboys record 1773 yards, and scored a then NFL record 25 rushing TDs.

December 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) warms up prior to the Washington Redskins game against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys have made it to the Post Season thirty one times in their History. Twelve times that they accomplished this milestone they did not have a 1000 yard rusher. So back to the question I asked earlier. Do we need Murray to top 1000 yards in 2013? Or anyone else if he is injured? The answer is no, we do not. The Cowboys have made the playoffs and even won a Super Bowl without a 1000 yard rusher.

So why are so many Cowboys fans anxious to get Murray to this milestone? The truth is it really isn’t totally about Murray at all. When the Dallas Cowboys have had a vaunted, feared, or respected rushing attack, they have been true contenders for the NFL Crown. Duane Thomas never topped 1000 yards. Ask anyone who remembers the 1970 and 1971 seasons if Duane Thomas was not a catalyst player to the Cowboys success. I loved Calvin Hill as a kid and was stumped why the Cowboys took Duane Thomas in the first round the year after they did the same with Calvin Hill. Hill led the Cowboys in rushing more than Thomas did, and had two seasons over 1000 yards as mentioned. Yet it was Thomas more than Hill who was crucial to the Super Bowl seasons. In fact, if the Cowboys did not have Hill on their teams, I have little doubt at all that Thomas would have been the first RB in Cowboys History to top 1000 yards in a season.

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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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