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Emmitt Questions Cowboys' Identity



    Emmitt Smith didn't last too long in the analysis game after his playing career came to an end as he wasn't what you might call "blessed with the gift to gab."

    But he made a great point when speaking to NFL.com — one that has been made several times recently. The Dallas Cowboys struggled to find an offensive identity in 2013, and even though they had one of the league's top running backs statistically, they didn't fully utilize him.

    "I think the Cowboys have somewhat lost their true identity," he said. "I mean, I think the team — we don't know if we want to be a pass team or a run team."

    Over the last near-half of the season, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray led the league in yards per carry, but the Cowboys were dead last in rushing attempts per game. For the season, Murray finished fourth in yards per carry, and finished 17th in attempts per game. There's something wrong with that.

    The Cowboys finished second to last in the league in rushing attempts behind Atlanta, which is a far cry from the Cowboys offenses of the early 1990s with Smith toting the rock and eventually becoming the NFL's all-time leading rusher.