Five Points of Positivity For The Dallas Cowboys in 2014

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Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT

5. DeMarco Murray

Murray gave the Cowboys their first 1,000 yard rusher since Julius Jones in 2006 and seemingly answered whether or not the Cowboys have a reliable running back.  He did miss a couple of games due to an injury, but it was only two instead of the six the previous season.  Murray’s versatility and attitude were both on display this year.  He had six games where he posted five or more receptions and his nine touchdowns were three more than he had combined in his first two seasons, proving he can be the short yardage back this team needs.

DeMarco also responded to adversity rather well as rumors surfaced during the time of his absence that the Cowboys may start to look in a different direction at his position.  Prior to that, Murray only had two games where he eclipsed 85 yards rushing.  Upon his return, he put up five such games including back to back 130+ yard games and became a leader by example for this team to look towards in the future.

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  • Scott Aldridge

    There is a future, not sure if it’s bright or dim, but based on three 8-8 seasons it’s half lit.

  • Earl Robertson

    As long as that one scout forgot his name but if he can continue to get his way things finally might start looking better but the problem he will get a GM job somewhere probably by next year

  • SmartThinking

    Your idea of “positivity” strikes me as being awfully dull and tarnished.

    Your #5: Murray was a pleasant surprise to an otherwise dysfunctional offense. He ran with a mean streak we haven’t seen from a Cowboy back since, maybe, Walt Garrison.

    Your #4: Selvie, according to most of the Cowboy writers, was a nice find but nothing special and certainly not a force to be reckoned with.

    Your#3: Bryant was double teamed from the first play of the season and his temper tantrums on- field were an embarrassment. He is a bonafide super talent, but only if he can bottle that talent and project it down the field rather than on the sidelines where television cameras and bored sportscasters can make fun of him.

    Your #2: Church. A welcome force in an area of the Dallas defensive backfield that needs much assistance. Can he improve? I think so. Was he positive? Maybe the only positive player on that team.

    Your #1: the offensive line. I saw instant, immediate improvement in the line the instant Waters stepped on the field. The line moved. It opened holes and all five of them played with that mean streak those 70′s Super Bowl Cowboy teams played with. When Waters went down, all that stopped. Opening holes became harder and rushing yardage dropped significantly.

    I don’t see this line as being anything close to positive. In my opinion, they were only as good as their weakest links (Livings and Bernadeau) and that was mediocre at the very best.

    But, to your five points, I suppose two out of five ain’t that bad, and if you call that positivity, then I agree.