Jason Garrett agrees with his owner: The Cowboys have to reduce DeMarco Murray’s carries.
Murray had 31 carries for 136 yards, and he also caught six passes for 56 yards in the Cowboys’ 20-17 overtime victory over Seattle. He has 130 carries for 670 yards this season, putting him on pace to tie Larry Johnson for the most in NFL history with 416.
“We have to mindful of his carries,” Garrett said. “We’ve got to make sure we take care of him over the course of the season. But we’d do that with any player. We’ll have visits, you know, as we go through a personnel meeting after a game and a lot of the comments from the individual coaches will be, ‘That was probably too many plays for him. He probably needs to play a few less plays; we need to get the young guy in there a few more snaps.’ So that goes on every week, and it certainly applies to the running back position as well.”
Murray played 67 of 76 plays. Joseph Randle had three plays, and Lance Dunbar two. Randle and Dunbar combined for two touches for 4 yards – both runs by Randle.
Randle has 11 carries for 61 yards this season, while Dunbar has 11 carries for 27 though all 11 attempts came in the Week 2 victory over Tennessee.
“We want to get the other guys out there,” Garrett said. “We got Joseph a couple of carries in the game. Lance didn’t play as much as he typically does. DeMarco was out there, and we think that’s probably too many carries in the game, week in and week out. He ended up with 31, so we’d like to get that number lower. We’d really just like to get the other guys an opportunity. I don’t see any wear and tear in Demarco but having said that, we want to make sure we create a rotation and we’ll focus on doing that in the next few weeks.”
On his radio show Friday, Jones called for Randle and Dunbar to get more touches to ease the workload on Murray, whose career-high for carries came last season when he had 217 in 14 games.