Did anyone watch the Pro Bowl? I did, and I saw DeMarco Murray catch a bubble screen and fight his way for a touchdown. It was everything that we as Dallas Cowboy fans have seen and not seen out of DeMarco. This season most fans were yelling that the Dallas Cowboys didn’t use their run game or DeMarco enough. Going into the offseason there were many who were hopeful that Jason Garrett and staff had learned their lesson – to use Murray more.
DeMarco isn’t going to wow you with his speed and run past everyone without a hope of being caught. He won’t run over some 260 pound linebacker and haul four guys on his back either.
He is going to make people miss, bust through arm tackles, and make cuts that leave the defense chasing themselves. He is fast enough to tear off a 40 yard run, and shifty enough to turn a 2 yard gain into a 7 yard gain.
They have to use him more, right?
Not so fast. The Dallas Cowboys have hired Scott Linehan as passing game coach. The real interesting thing will be whether he is also the playcaller. Linehan isn’t known for his rushing attacks at any of the locations he has coached. He is a very pass-happy kind of coach. If he is in fact the playcaller, I would expect more of the same from the Dallas Cowboys. We all know Jason Garrett is a pass first guy, as is Bill Callahan. Adding Linehan just puts another pass-first coach on the staff.
Jerry Jones is certainly not the guy to change the way the coaches are coaching. He believes in the passing attack, and the fact that Peyton Manning is in the Super Bowl only strengthens Jerry Jones and the coaching staff’s pass first approach. Nevermind the fact, Tony Romo is not Peyton Manning.
Now I could be wrong, maybe Jason Garrett has learned a few things this offseason. Maybe Bill Callahan was watching DeMarco Murray in the Pro Bowl and thought, “Hey, that guy is on my offense, I should use him more.” Maybe Scott Linehan just didn’t have a run game in Detroit and thought in Dallas, he would have a balance he didn’t have in Detroit.
And maybe, just maybe Jerry Jones saw DeMarco run and went back and said, “Hey, we need to use this Murray guy more.” All signs point to the Cowboys being a pass first team.
It will be interesting who the Cowboys take this draft and in free agency. If they get a guard or two, I would look for the Cowboys to run more. If there are no real upgrades on the OL, then I would say expect more passing. But for one play in the Pro Bowl Cowboy fans could smile at DeMarco Murray being used properly.