DeMarco Murray has always been a talented running back. After all, this a guy who broke all of Adrian Peterson‘s records at Oklahoma. The main problem I have with Murray is his health. 2013 was his healthiest season as he played in 14 games, but he needs to be productive in all of them if he wants to get a second contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
There were some reports at the end of last year that Murray and Tony Romo didn’t get along, but I don’t believe that as Romo needs Murray as much as Murray needs Romo. Ever since Emmitt Smith left town, the Cowboys have been a pass-heavy football team. That was something that was on display in 2013. When the Cowboys played the Green Bay Packers last year, with a huge lead at halftime, the Cowboys only ran the football three times in the second half. The Packers would ultimately go on to win the football game.
New offensive Scott Linehan wants to run the football in 2014 and that means Murray will have even more carries in 2014. The Cowboys’ offensive line is a good one and Murray will have the opportunity to thrive behind it next season. By opening up the offense, Murray will have more space to work with in the running game. If he can stay healthy, Murray should have his most productive season yet.