Can the Cowboys repeat their ground game success?
In 2014, The Dallas Cowboys and running back DeMarco Murray led the league in rushing (1,845) only behind the Seattle Seahawks as a team, with a total of 2,354 yards. The Cowboys then went on to 12-4 with their first playoff berth since the 2008-2009 season, only one “catch” away from the NFC championship game and soon proved that the run game played a huge part in their success all year. Now before the 2015 season, The Dallas Cowboys are without their leading rusher DeMarco Murray and speculation about how solid their run game will be this year has already begun. The biggest question for the Cowboys entering this season is can they produce the same run production as they once did with Murray.
Former Dallas Cowboy star WR Michael Irvin, has already voiced his opinion stating that he is “worried” about the Cowboys running game now with the loss of Murray, and no clear replacement in the wings. The silver lining for the Cowboys is the effort they put into creating a dynamic offensive line that played a huge part in Murray’s success last year. The O-line continued to open holes for Murray week after week, and many believe that they will do the same with the running backs they have today. Murray’s production last year was special, but the offensive line does deserve some credit. Just how good can the running game be this year?
The Cowboys were expected to make a huge splash in the free agency or the draft, even talks about Adrian Peterson coming to town to replace Murray, but that didn’t happen. Soon after the signing of Murray to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys signed Ex-Raider running back Darren McFadden who only produced 534 rushing yards in 2014 and 379 rushing yards the year before that. McFadden has a history with injuries and was on and off the field the last couple of years. The Cowboys also have running backs Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams still on the roster from last year. Randle could emerge as a solid running back but still has a lot to prove and we have not seen enough from Williams just yet to make a determination. Williams is a former high draft pick with the Cardinals before injuries derailed his career. The Cowboys seem to be taking a “committee” approach this season and with the running backs on the roster, it could go either way. Darren McFadden has already suffered a hamstring injury in OTA’s and the speculation continues to grow as the season approaches. It will be an up hill battle all season. Without a solid running back like Murray, can the Cowboys do it again? Or with one of the best offensive lines the Cowboys have had in a while, does it really matter who runs behind it? We will find out September 13th in the season opener against the rival New York Giants.
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Ronnie Broadus covers the Dallas Cowboys for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @RealRagnvaldhttps://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/can-cowboys-repeat-ground-game-success/https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/NS_27COWBOYSLD09_44108611.jpg?fit=975%2C1024&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/NS_27COWBOYSLD09_44108611.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AnalysisFootballNFLDallas Cowboys,Darren McFadden,DeMarco Murray,Joseph Randle,NFL,Philadelphia Eagles,Seattle SeahawksIn 2014, The Dallas Cowboys and running back DeMarco Murray led the league in rushing (1,845) only behind the Seattle Seahawks as a team, with a total of 2,354 yards. The Cowboys then went on to 12-4 with their first playoff berth since the 2008-2009 season, only one 'catch' away from...Ronnie BroadusRonnie BroadusRBroadus@gmail.comContributorRonnie is originally from Washington, DC! 20 years old, currently living in Boulder, Colorado for the past three years. Ronnie attended the University of Colorado for a year studying psychology and taking a writing class as well in the process. A published poet, and writing his way towards a novel being published by the beginning of next year. Ronnie is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan and has been his whole life.MyFantasySportsTalk