The Dallas Cowboys have a problem when it comes to the run game. The inability to commit to the run has cost us games. The most obvious example was against the Green Bay Packers last year. Last year, the rushing attack was quite effective. DeMarco Murray became the first 1,000 yard rushed for the Cowboys since Julius Jones in 2006. He had the 10th most rushing yards last season. However the Cowboys were 31st in the league in rushing attempts. The Cowboys have an effective rushing attack but fail to use it.
With the injury to Sean Lee, the Cowboys must utilize DeMarco Murray and the run game. There has always been a relationship with good defense and running the football. The reason behind this is because when you run the ball your offense stays on the field longer. This gives the opposing team less opportunity to score. In order to mask the weakness on our defense, we need to run the ball.
As mentioned above, this strategy will simply keep the ball out of our opponent hands. When they eventually do get the ball back, it forces them to not make any mistake. If they do, they might not get the ball back for another seven minutes or so. This fits well with our defense. As much as people remember the bad, this defense was very good at forcing turnovers. Remember the opening weekend against the Giants? The Cowboys defense had 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. In 2009, the New Orleans Saints used the same kind of philosophy. They weren’t the best at stopping their opponents by downs, but they would force turnovers and give their high-octane offense the ball.
One problem with this idea is that it gives little leeway for the offense. The offense can’t have 3 and outs or turnover the ball. Once they get behind, this strategy becomes useless. As much as I love Romo, he can make some bad decisions at time. He may not be the best quarterback to have in this strategy. However if we reduce the number of passing attempts per game, this could lead to fewer mistakes by Romo. Perhaps this strategy will reduce the amount of interceptions Romo will throw. In addition, Romo can be an asset when we are behind. When it comes to crunch time, Romo can easily move the ball down the field. If we are trailing, Romo and the passing game can secure us the win.
The best defense is a good offense. To fix the defense next year we should rely on the offense. Murray needs to stay healthy and carry the team on his back. There will definitely be a correlation between his successfulness and how well the Cowboys will do. So Murray, we need you at your best.