HOUSTON - AUGUST 28: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys calls out a play at the line of scrimmage during a football game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 23-7. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
On Thursday, Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo asserted the need for an effective rushing attack, while stipulating that if the run isn’t working, continuing along with it is like “banging your head against the wall.” The Cowboys have run the ball 42 times over their first two games; they’ve thrown the ball 99 times.
The need for a more balanced offense is obvious. It’s easy to say that the team should have ran more against Washington, when they averaged 4.7 yards per attempts and basically had their way with the Redskins’ defense. Less obvious is what to do when the running game is struggling as it did against Chicago, averaging just 1.8 yards per carry over 21 tries.
The key, in Tony Romo’s estimation, is just to run more effectively. Easier said than done, certainly, but necessary if the team has hopes of anything more than mediocrity this season.
“It’s difficult because we need to get more out of what we’re trying to do,” Romo said, per ESPN Dallas. “I’m not sure exactly the statistics but . . . when you run the ball and run successfully, it makes everything a lot easier. Everything. Whether it’s your red zone offense or whether it’s staying on the field or minimizing mistakes or minimizing what the defense can do defensively.
“But if you’re not getting the production out of it, you’re also banging your head against the wall to just keep doing it. Once again, it’s not black and white, it’s something we just have to keep grinding at and figure out a way to get better, whether it’s coming up with stuff, doing things better or figuring out a way. We have to do it.”
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