Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett wanted to keep DeMarco Murray around in 2015 and far beyond, for obvious reasons, but obviously that wasn’t in the cards. Murray signed with the rival Eagles almost two weeks ago and now, Garrett knows the Cowboys have to move on from last year’s rushing champion.
“DeMarco is a great football player and a great young man,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “What he was able to do for our ballclub last year was phenomenal. He had a huge impact on the success that we had. We wanted him to be a Cowboy not just for this coming year but for many years to come. But there is a business aspect. He had to do what he felt was right for him and his family, and we had to do what was right for organization.
“Unfortunately that didn’t work out. Now we have to move on and make the next best decision for our team.”
It won’t be easy to replace Murray. Last year, the Oklahoma product set a new franchise record with 1,845 rushing yards, breaking Emmitt Smith’s mark of 1,773 yards, set in 1995. He was also credited by Garrett himself with setting the tone for the team down the stretch and into the playoffs, and was named the AP Offensive Player of the Year at season’s end.
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