Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo knows the team needs to run the ball more often than they did in 2012, but only if they can do so effectively. The good news: Romo believes Dallas will be just fine in that department in 2013.
“You get away from [running] it because you’re not very good at it,” Romo told 1310-AM The Ticket this week, via the Dallas Morning News. “I see every once in a blue moon a sportswriter talks about how ‘They got to be more committed to the run.’ Well, you could just run it but you’d just keep punting.
“The game is still about: Can you score points? And can you win that battle. It’s not about, ‘Well, if you get 20 rushes, you win.’ That’s just not reality. Saying that, the times you get 20-25 rushes … it’s because you’re winning and you’re running the football to run the clock out. They should have a stat that says there’s a certain number in the first two and a half quarters, how many rushes you have at that point. Then we’d see a correlation in some ways.”
In 2012, the Cowboys finished with the fewest rushing yards in franchise history since the league moved to a 16-game regular season schedule. But with DeMarco Murray back healthy, Joseph Randle in the mix and with Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner having another season under their belts, Romo believes the team can bounce back from a rushing standpoint this season.
“We need to run it better,” he said. “We need to do a better job with that. We have been, here. I think we’re going to be doing that better this year. It’ll make it easier to call more runs, and we want to do that. Believe me, that’s right at the front of everything.”
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