Where Did the Run Game Go?

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against Minnesota Vikings safety Mistral Raymond (41) at AT

Yesterday against the Vikings, the Cowboys carried the ball a franchise-low 9 times.  That includes an 8-yard run by Tony Romo.  So really, the Cowboys ran 8 running plays.

Usually, a team will abandon the running game when facing a large deficit, or if the opposing defense is especially strong against the rush.  Yesterday, however, the Cowboys and Vikings remained within 4 points of each other, all the way until the third quarter when the ‘Boys stretched their lead to 10.  Oh, and coming into the game, the Vikings Rushing Defense was ranked 31st in the league.

Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

So what do we make of all this?  Well, here was Jason Garrett‘s excuse:

“DeMarco looked like he was going to have a good day, but as it wore on there were some minus runs that happened that got us behind the sticks a bit.  Hard for us to get into a rhythm.”

This may be true, but it’s a bit hard for DeMarco Murray to find a rhythm in only four carries, don’tcha think?

Since July, Garrett and company have been preaching a balanced attack.  Well, 51 throws – 9 carries is hardly balanced.

It would be different if Tony Romo was 25 years old, completing 75% of his throws.  But he’s not.  This offense needs balance.  Our running backs are not the best, but they are very talented.  They deserve opportunity.  And when the lead is in hand and the defense is not great against the rush, there is no reason not to run the ball.

I’m tired of the Coaches not practicing what they preach.  Whoever is calling plays in Dallas (as that mystery is worth it’s own article) needs to realize that what we are doing now is not good enough.

True, we have an impressive array of Wide Receivers, and our Quarterback may be on his way to a career year – but defenses are figuring us out.  If we want to be successful, we need to run on all cylinders.  Enough talking about it; let’s run the ball.

What do you think of how the offense is run?  Sound off in the comments below!

Topics: Cowboys, Dallas Cowboys, DeMarco Murray, Jason Garrett, Run Game, Running Game, Tony Romo

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  • SmartThinking

    Why run for a yard and a half when you can throw under the linebackers and get a first down? The game has changed a lot in recent years. Romo is a man caught in the middle — he’s damned if he throws and damned for not handing the ball off more. Personally, as much as I respect the run, in today’s game, with the poor offensive line this team has, he’s better off throwing because he has more, better options for getting downfield. We’ve got four running backs and none of them can manage more than thirty yards and a cloud of dust. We’ve got seven or eight receivers who score touchdowns. Any questions? Use what tools you’ve got, Tony!

    • SK_Jersey13

      I definitely understand that point of view. Our pass game is where it’s at, so it should be the focus. However, I feel strongly that if we run the ball more, it will confuse defenses and actually make the passing game better. While our passing game is good right now, it’s far from perfect. Adding some variety could very well be the answer.

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