Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith believes the Dallas Cowboys, after selecting offensive linemen with their first pick in three of the last four drafts, are set up to commit to the running game. The question is, will they actually do so?
"... If we can improve our offensive line, maybe we can get a running game going and take some of the pressure off of Tony, and maybe we can get back to that balance that we need to have in order to maximize the talent that we currently have on our roster,” Smith said, per FOX Sports. "Those are the signs that I've been looking for.
“Now, the only thing left for them to do is to be committed. When I say committed, I mean be committed through the entire season no matter who is the running back. That philosophy, to me, will put our team in the right direction."
As Smith points out, the pieces do seem to be in place for a renewed commitment to the ground game. Aside from the reconstructed offensive line, starting running back DeMarco Murray is coming off his first pro Bowl and his first 1,000-yard season--a mark he achieved in spite of the fact that Dallas ran the ball fewer times than any team in the league not named the Falcons.
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