The Cowboys won’t have Lance Dunbar again this season, and Joseph Randle ran into trouble with the coaching staff with his reach across the goal line. So what does this mean for the Cowboys’ running game?
According to Jerry Jones, Randle won’t lose his job starting in the running back rotation because of what happened Sunday. Coaches were irate with Randle for a play that originally was ruled a turnover before being overturned by replay, resulting in a Cowboys’ touchdown.
“Well, I don’t know how they’ll line up, but certainly that sequence or that goal-line play wouldn’t impact who starts out the game Sunday,” Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “But I’m not hedging at all. We’ll just see how they practice this week.”
The past two games, without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, the Cowboys have run 49 times for 242 yards. But only 17 of those carries and 21 of those yards have come in the second half.
Randle has 17 carries for 117 yards in the first halves of the past two games, and eight carries for minus-4 yards in the second.
Overall, the Cowboys rank 16th in rushing.
Jones said the Cowboys will run the ball better when they can get extra defenders out of the box.
“I saw ‘stay with the running game’ even when the momentum had gone the other way the other night, where we’re staying with the running game, and they’ve got a lot of people stacked up,” Jones said. “We’ve got to back them off. We’ve got more games and these games are different. We remember a certain willful running attack, but those things have a lot of nuances to them. We’ve got to get them off of us. We’ve got to continue to have [Brandon] Weeden get that ball downfield, and do it the way he did it on the last drive that we had last time we had the ball really. We’ve got to get them off of us. I’m not frustrated with the running game.”
The Cowboys will figure out how to use Darren McFadden and Christine Michael without Dunbar, the third-down back who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.