Will The Cowboys Ever Develop A Killer Instinct?

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The Dallas Cowboys loss to the Detroit Lions was hard to watch. I don’t want to believe the Cowboys are a soft team. They are simply unable to strike fear in their opponents on either side of the ball and they lack a killer mentality that puts teams away. The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49′ers are considered to have a fearsome defense. These are defenses that won’t surrender a 10 point fourth quarter advantage. Offensively, the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos are teams that don’t “settle” for field goals.

Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at AT

The Broncos tied Washington 21-21 in the fourth quarter. Peyton Manning led the team on two scoring drives, giving the Broncos a 10 point lead, 31-21. They didn’t sit on that lead, they added to it. They scored another touchdown for a 17 point lead and their defense added a pick six to win by 24 points. The Cincinnati Bengals were winning 28-6 over the New York Jets at halftime. They scored another 21 points winning 49-9. The Cowboys don’t do that and I wish they would.

The Dallas Cowboys play like the cowboys in white hats but we would be better suited to play with an attitude. A tormented hero in an action movie that doesn’t enjoy torturing a bad guy to get information he needs, but will do it when necessary. If you’ve watched Breaking Bad and followed the transformation of Walter White from mild mannered chemistry teacher to Scarface, you’ll understand when I say we need more of the loveable bad guy mentality from the Cowboys.

Developing a mean streak starts up front with the offensive line and downhill, power rushing plays. Power running backs get yards after contact. The elite of this list would include Marshawn Lynch, Adrian Peterson, Frank Gore, Brandon Jacobs, Trent Richardson and Doug Martin. On the Cowboys roster, only DeMarco Murray and Phillip Tanner have the physical potential to be considered power backs.

Player Name



Brandon Jacobs

6′ 4”


Marshawn Lynch

5′ 11”


Adrian Peterson

6′ 1”


Trent Richardson

5′ 11”


Doug Martin

5′ 9”


Frank Gore

5′ 9”


DeMarco Murray

6′ 0”


Joseph Randle

6′ 0”


Phillip Tanner

5′ 10”


Lance Dunbar

5′ 8”


Downhill, power rushing is an aspect missing from the Cowboys offense without DeMarco Murray and a role that Phillip Tanner has been unable to fill. Power running is an attitude that we haven’t seen since Marion Barber. There are times you have to lower your shoulder and run a defender over or slam someone to the ground with a stiff-arm. Murray does that, but Tanner hasn’t yet. It’s possible to be a physical running back with the new rule changes. With Murray as the featured back, Tanner should be our goal-line, short yardage back and Randle should be the change of pace back. With Randle being the featured back, Dunbar would become the change of pace back, but it hasn’t worked out that way.

Releasing our fullback Lawrence Vickers may be the off-season move that haunts us. While a fullback usually indicates a running play, Vickers displayed the ability to catch passes out of the backfield. Did Jason Garrett forget how effective the Cowboys were with Daryl “Moose” Johnston?

A power running game would help the Cowboys win statistical categories that are important to winning football games. The list includes: Penalties, Turnovers, Time of Possession and Third Down Conversions.

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  • Ed

    I agree that the Boys don’t have the instinct but it isn’t the run game that that will solve it. Brees doesn’t need it, and until recently Brady and Manning haven’t had it. It’s a team mind set. That means coaches and players on both sides of the ball.

    • Robert H. Carroll

      Good points with Brees. You’d be surprised how much the Patriots run the ball.. I was, when I checked last years stats. They were tops in rushing and passing. There’s nothing more demoralizing than having a team run the ball down your throat with the clock ticking away and you can’t stop them. Pounding it between the tackles, it’s mean and nasty. It used to be NFC East football, but now our style has moved to the NFC West. Remember being pissed at Washington in last years finale? It was just painful to watch (mostly Ware’s fault). I do have to give credit tho, tackling this year has improved. We’re just not nasty yet.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    I have posted many times before that the Cowboys lack intensity and needed to get mean. That being said, unfortunately, that is just one of many things they need.

  • Robert H. Carroll

    I don’t even want to count how many close games the Cowboys lose. You can see when they aren’t playing to win, but not to lose. I was at the playoff game in Minnesota, when Favre “ran the score up”. Many were upset, but the offense’s job is to score touchdowns, don’t cry if you can’t stop it. Garrett plays like he doesn’t want to hurt the other teams feelings.