Ever since Tony Romo took over as the starting quarterback in 2006, the Dallas Cowboys have never had a better offense than the one they have now. Awful offensive line play and inconsistent running back play hurt Romo in the past, but 2014 looks to be much greener pastures for Dallas’ offense. By drafting Notre Dame’s Zack Martin, the Cowboys have solidified their offensive lines for years to come. Romo is in for a big season, but the player that will benefit most in 2014 is running back DeMarco Murray.
It’s simple. Players play better in contract seasons. Take a look at Anthony Spencer in 2012. Spencer was by far the best player on defense that year and he even got awarded with his play with a trip to the Pro Bowl. But when you take a look at every other season, Spencer’s career has been lackluster at best. Murray had a decent 2013, staying healthy for 14 games, but there is so much more room for him to improve in 2014. Murray will be entering his contract season and he will be also be a big part in Dallas’ offense moving forward. New offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has already stated how important Murray’s role will be.
“That’s going to be our strength, being able to lean on that running game a little bit more than they have in the past,”
I said before how the addition of Martin puts this offensive line around the league’s best. The trio of Martin, Travis Frederick, and Tyron Smith is one of the bests in the league and it’s a young one too. In fact, Martin is older than Smith and Frederick. That fact alone is quite unbelievable.
Everything is coming together for Murray at the right time. He will be in a contract season. He will have a big role in the offense next and the offensive line is real good in front of him. The only thing that could hold Murray back is his health. Over his three-year career, Murray has had problems with his hamstrings, knees, wrists, and ankles. It’s definitely a big if, but Murray is in for a career year if he stays healthy. The Cowboys’ offense could depend on Murray to stay healthy and if he doesn’t, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Cowboys let Murray walk in free agency after the season.