New playcaller and passing game coordinator (and the de facto offensive coordinator)Scott Linehan wasted little time after arriving in Dallas in saying that he intended on “leaning” on DeMarco Murray and the run game. Quarterback Tony Romo is all for the idea, because that will only make his life easier.
"I think what you find is a misconception sometimes that quarterbacks just want to throw," Romo said, per ESPN Dallas. "It's far easier to win when you run the ball well. If we can run the ball, and I envision us being able to do that, it's going to take a lot off a lot of different areas in the football team, so I think that's a huge thing we're trying to do is create the environment where we can rely on that in the situations we want to and just be able to continue. To me, that's important.
"Obviously, you want to be a balanced team and have teams not understand what's coming, but a big part of that is being able to run the football. I like the way we've been doing that."
Meanwhile, Murray has been understandably skeptical of the declaration that they’ll run more in 2014, saying in effect that he’ll believe it when he sees it. Last year, Murray went over the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career despite the Cowboys running the ball fewer than 30 of the other 31 teams in the league.
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