Two games into the 2015 season, the Dallas Cowboys have rushed the ball 56 times for 189 yards, an average of 94.5 yards per game--20th in the NFL. That’s an average of just 3.4 yards per attempt. Which is to say the running back-by-committee approach designed after DeMarco Murray left for Philly is going OK, but not great.
As such, owner and general manager Jerry Jones wants to see more out of the group as the team attempts to traverse a pair of substantial injuries to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.
“We have to work hard to have a game, have a game that lets us dwell on the running game. We haven't had that," Jones said, per Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. “Now, maybe that's because we didn't get the running game going to begin with, but we all know how that works.
“But the reason Weeden has my excitement is because they better back off or he can hit it, and he can make the throw. That's one of the reasons I feel good about him. If he keeps them backed off, then we've got to emphasize that we're going to run the ball.”