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Oct 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports


DeMarco Murray is certainly not the fastest back in the league between receiving the handoff and hitting the running hole at the line of scrimmage.

Running backs of this nature almost always perform best behind a fullback.  It allows them a little more time to see the flow of the play before a defender is on top of them.

The delay while the FB is targeting his block provides a brief moment for the RB to reach the appropriate lane before resistance.  Look no further than Murray’s increase in rushing results as soon as the Cowboys signed a true FB.

Tyler Clutts was added to the roster on Dec. 3.  In the 10 games prior to his arrival, Murray had surpassed the 90 yard rushing mark only once.  With Clutts in the mix, he rushed for 146, 134, 96, and 48.

3 of the remaining 4 games Murray eclipsed the 90 yard mark.  That’s an average of 106 yards rushing per game over that stretch.  Some may point to an increase in carries as the culprit.

Truth is the increase in carries wasn’t that remarkable.  Only once in the final 4-game span did DeMarco tote the rock over 18 times.  Murray had already turned in 4 games prior with 16 or more carries, just one produced above 90 yards.

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