Through four games in 2015, the Dallas Cowboys’ rushing attack hasn’t exactly been helpless without DeMarco Murray. But it hasn’t been nearly what it was when Murray was in Dallas, either.
Led by Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden, Cowboys running backs have posted 431 yards through four games, an average of over 107 yards a game, which doesn’t sound as bad until you realize that puts the Cowboys right in the middle of the pack in the league, at No. 16, in terms of rushing.
The group is also No. 16 in average yards per carry, with 4.1.
According to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, this is just a matter of course in the NFL. The Cowboys are still figuring their running back situation, he says, as is natural whenever you lose a player of Murray’s caliber.
"Every year in this league you have to replace players who go to other teams," Linehan said, per ESPN Dallas. "It's the nature of the business. You can't keep them all. Contracts come up and some players stay and some players leave. We're in a quest to find out what our next answer is going to be from a consistent standpoint in the running game or as a football team."
With Tony Romo out for at least another month, the Cowboys would do well to find that answer sooner rather than later.