With one of the league’s very best young offensive lines in place, a lot of folks believe the Dallas Cowboys will be able to move on from DeMarco Murray with minimal growing pains. Longtime Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls, who will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame later this week, is not one of those folks.
It’s not that Walls isn’t a big fan of the aforementioned offensive line. He is. But even with that strength up front, Walls believes the Cowboys will be feeling the effects of Murray’s absence for several years to come.
“Love the fact the offensive line is amazing and I love the fact that there are players on the team that never give up--they may not be the most talented, but they all have a lot of heart and endurance. It was a nice bounce-back year from disappointment,” Walls told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It was amazing last year, but they lost a powerful force in Murray.
“I think that anyone that says they can put any running back behind that line and do great is a bunch of crap. Murray led by example. This year, the running game has to be the X-factor. I think getting rid of Murray, it sets them back a few more years. Murray, with Tony Romo back there, was one of the best tandems. But now it’s a facet that has gone away and it kind of sets them back to ground zero, 8-8, struggling in games they should win.”