ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22: DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against Chris Long #91 of the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ways to shut up your critics:
Including in this lil’ corner of the Internet, Cowboys’ running back DeMarco Murray was under attack last week: For not being elusive. For having poor vision. For leaving yards on the field. For being part of the problem in the team’s woeful running game.
Then, like a bald guy fitted for a new wig, the Rams came to town and suddenly Murray’s problems are all covered up and camouflaged.
In October 2011, Murray set a franchise-record with 253 yards. He didn’t top that Sunday at AT&T Stadium, but he produce his second-best day as a pro with 175 yards. But it wasn’t just the quantity of yards, but also the quality of runs.
He cut. He spun. He juked. He hurdled. He stiff-armed. He finished off runs. He dove for pylons. In short, he dominated the Rams in the Cowboys’ 31-7 victory. Whether it was the opponent or the motivation provided by doomsdayers, Murray ran all over the Rams and now has a gaudy 428 yards against them in two games.
“When you get a runner like that going, you can feed on him,” said Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett. “He gets a little contagious for everybody. Everybody starts feeling it.”
He had a lot of help from increased contribution from Brian Waters and above-average play from right tackle Doug Free, but it was Murray who produced the NFL’s best rushing performance of Week 3 (before tonight’s Raiders-Broncos game). He forced us to forgive his fumble. He made us forget last week.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his fiancee, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.