Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has said throughout the offseason that the team plans to run the ball more than they did a year ago, and he made good on the statement in the preseason opener against the Dolphins on Sunday night, when they ran it 34 times for 170 yards.
Quarterback Tony Romo is in full support of this renewed commitment to the run.
“Being able to run the ball helps a lot,” Romo said, per the Dallas Morning News. “If we run the ball well, we’re going to keep calling the runs. We need to run the ball better this year just in general. To me, that’s an important aspect of what we’re trying to do and we need to do that.”
Last year, the Dallas run game was slowed by a couple factors: First, starter DeMarco Murray missed six games with a sprained left foot. Second, the Cowboys were forced to go away from the run in amny instances because they so often found themselves trailing early.
“We were trailing every game last year it felt like,” Romo said, “and we did a great job coming back in a lot of games. We have to figure out a way how not to have so many.”
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