Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith had to cringe, when watching the 2012 Cowboys. The Cowboys rushed for less than 80 yards per game. It was the worst franchise total since 1960.
"We have to run the ball better," said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. "It's amazing that when you run the ball well the opportunities to throw the ball well present themselves and the opportunity to play better defense presents themselves and you're better in the red zone and take care of the ball better. We understand that and made a huge emphasis on it in the off season and will continue to make that emphasis in training camp."
The Cowboys should get a boost by a healthy Demarco Murray. The starting running back says the offense must stay committed to running the football.
"Ugly money is good money," said Murray. "Two yards is good, three yards is good. You may get four or five carries in a row and then pop for 10 or 12. As a running back you love to have the ball and run it but we'll see how the games go."
The running game could take time to gel, thanks to multiple injuries on the offensive line.
"I feel we'll be fine," said running back Phillip Tanner. "It's all about paying attention to detail. No matter who's in front of us, our reads stay the same. We can't use it as an excuse there's an injury. It's the NFL, next man up."
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