If there is a secret to DeMarco Murray’s success, beyond the improved play of the offensive line, it might be his understanding of the team’s zone-blocking scheme.
Offensive line coach Bill Callahan, the play-caller last season, said last week that Murray needed time to figure it out. And Murray now has mastered it.
“It’s a function of him understanding the scheme now going into the third year and really understanding the line’s timing,” Callahan said. “His timing’s gotten better.”
Murray continually credits his offensive line, three of whom the Cowboys drafted in the first round.
“I think every year I’ve been here has been a learning experience for me and for them,” Murray said Monday. “I’m still learning to this day, but I think they’re doing a great job blocking, and I’m doing a good job at reading things and making a few guys miss. I think we’re all on the same page.”
Murray has six consecutive 100-yard rushing games, joining Jim Brown in the NFL record book as the only backs to accomplish that feat. He is the only one unimpressed.
“I’m just focused on doing my part to give us a good chance to win this game,” Murray said. “It’s something I’m not really concerned about. Just trying to get focused up and have a good week of work.”
Murray leads the NFL with 785 yards on 159 carries.