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

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The fact of the matter is only three RBs in Cowboys History have ever led the team in rushing, and been the featured RB in the Super Bowl. They are the mercurial Duane Thomas and Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith. Had Duane Thomas been dedicated to football, I firmly believe he had the talent to be a Hall of Fame RB. Instead he was an interesting side note and an enigma.

The inevitable conclusion that the talents that these three RBs had that allowed them to be so important to Super Bowl teams leads me to believe that if we want to clear the next plateau as a football team; we absolutely need DeMarco Murray to be as effective as at least Duane Thomas was, because minus that type of effective running we simply have not been good enough to be the top dog.

I have little doubt that Murray has the talent to be in that discussion. There are really only two questions still to answer as it pertains to Murray and his ability to push us to the next level. The obvious one is, can he stay healthy enough to play an entire season? Had Murray not been injured in 2011 I think he could have joined Tony Dorsett as our only rookie RBs with 1000 yards in a season. There is very little doubt that the team was leaps and bounds better the last two seasons with him, than they were without him. In other words, the Dallas Cowboys absolutely need Murray to be a catalyst player in 2013.

To achieve that the Cowboys need to address the second question as it pertains to Murray. Is his Offensive Line capable of being the keys to his success? The honest answer to that question is, not with the same personnel as 2012. Murray has the potential needed, but the OL, outside of Tyron Smith, does not. You can get by with one or two of the other starters keeping their jobs, but the fact of the matter is, the OL has to be improved or this team will spin its wheels all over again.

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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.