Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray would give the Cowboys crucial balance on offense, if they actually used him enough to have a balanced offense. Murray is a fully legitimate feature back in this league despite some of the nonsensical criticisms against him that relate to his “inability” to force missed tackles, and he was having a whale of a game against the Green Bay Packers. The Cowboys, of course, infamously lost that game, and that’s why today’s reports regarding the Cowboys are filled with talks about frigid relationships and hot seats.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Murray aired out his grievances about his lack of touches to teammates, and Rapoport brought out an extremely interesting factoid that incriminates the Cowboys coaching staff (namely Bill Callahan and Jason Garrett): the Cowboys are 10-0 when Murray gets at least 20 touches. Of course, that could be because the Cowboys are more likely to run when they are winning, but, as we saw in last week’s debacle, that isn’t exactly the case with this dysfunctional team.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reported earlier that there is tension between Tony Romo and Garrett, and now Rapoport is also reporting that there’s tension between DeMarco Murray and Romo as well. He described their relationship as “frosty” and added that Murray is also mad about Romo checking out of a running play.
Murray has every right to be frustrated, but I have no idea why he’s frustrated with Romo after that one play, especially if you watched Tim Hasselbeck’s analysis of it (which I reviewed in this piece).