I find it interesting that most people think that the running back is a dying position.
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray’s contract is set to expire in the coming year and there seems to be no signs of the Cowboys attempting to re-sign him.
And why would you?
Most would agree that both Bryant and Smith are vital cogs to the success of the Dallas Cowboys.
But is not Murray as well?
Let’s flash back to the post running back Emmitt Smith era for a second. Do names like Troy Hambrick or Julius Jones ring a bell? Shortly after quarterback Troy Aikman retired in 2000, Emmitt Smith left for greener pastures. My thoughts are that the next seven years the Cowboys, as well as fans, would be so invested in the search for a replacement for Aikman, that a replacement for Smith would fall by the wayside.
In later years, the Cowboys would pass on the likes of a Steven Jackson, among others, only to come up empty handed for so long. Minus a decent season by Julius Jones, and a good, yet short career from Marion Barber, the Cowboys have not had consistency from the running back position since Smith.
People will continue to say the running back position is all but extinct. Let’s just ask the Seahawks if they thought Marshawn Lynch had anything to do with their Super Bowl run, or ask the Broncos if it was difficult letting Knowshon Moreno go?
Perhaps the running back isn’t as important to the game as it was ten years ago, but all I can say is that if the Cowboys had run just a few more times this season the outcome probably could have been very different.