DeMarco Murray established the team rushing record last season with 1,845 yards last season. Some credit the Cowboys offensive line, considered the best in the NFL, for much of his success, and that offensive line stands among the reasons Dallas let him walk in free agency.
On Tuesday, Murray called it “comedic” that anyone would think he might rush for fewer yards because he now plays behind the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line.
“I think Barry Sanders is the only one who didn’t have a great O-line,” Murray said via USA Today. “Emmitt Smith, Terrell Davis, all those guys had great lines. It’s a little comedic to me. Every successful running back usually has a couple of good offensive linemen. Those guys were great. I’ve got a lot of respect for those guys. This group here, they’ve got some Pro Bowlers and great players.”
The Cowboys offensive linemen have said all the right things, crediting Murray while, at the same time, expressing faith in Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Darren McFadden.
Center Travis Frederick was asked Tuesday how much of the success of the run game belonged to Murray, who had 392 carries, and how much to the offensive line, which had three Pro Bowlers.
“I think it’s really interesting to sit back and look at that,” Frederick said. “One person you missed on that list is our coaching staff. I think DeMarco is a tremendous player. He’s really done a lot of things. I talked about it all of last year – the way that he did the things that made us look better. He made the stretches; he made the cuts that helped us. What our coaching staff brought to the table was putting us in good plays, good positions, the way that they game planned, the way that they can see the defenses, put us in a good spot to be able to get out there and DeMarco to be able to make the cuts to make us look good. So I think it’s kind of an all-around type deal.
“You’re definitely going to miss a great player like that, but I have full confidence in any of the guys that steps back in there now. It’s fun to watch these guys in practice, because they all have a certain energy about them. They’re ready to go and they want to prove themselves, and they want to show they can do the things that DeMarco did last year.”
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