As the Dallas Cowboys went to work implementing a handful of mid-season adjustments last week, head coach Jason Garrett confirmed that the team intends to get Christine Michael more involved in the offense on the other side of the bye week.
Running backs coach Gary Brown also indicated last week that that was the plan.
“Ever since he’s gotten here we’ve tried to move him up,” Garrett told the team’s official website. “We gave him some short yardage opportunities and we’ve kind of tried to get him acclimated to what we’re doing.”
Well, two short-yardage opportunities, to be exact. Michael came in for a third down run against the Saints, and lost a yard. He gained six on his only carry about the Patriots, and left the Cowboys’ staff with the feeling that the Texas A&M product could do more for the team.
“I think it will--not to say that the other guys don’t have power, but I think he probably has a little bit more power,” Garrett said. “We’ve got to take advantage of that. Obviously with an eight-man front, it’s going to be a little tighter, but we have to make sure we’re taking advantage of the holes that are there, because the O-Line is cracking the holes open, and we’ve got to get in and get out of them quickly.”