By Dan Graziano
So I was sitting here on Redskins playoff detox, catching up on the division's other teams, and I got to reading this Calvin Watkins item
on the Dallas Cowboys
' running game. And it got me thinking about the New York Giants
' running game, which has a similar problem at its core -- namely, a starting running back who can't be relied on to stay healthy.
In discussing the state of the Cowboys' running game, Calvin quotes coach Jason Garrett saying this:
"We have to do a better job running the football, and you’ve heard me say this a lot, that balance is critical," coach Jason Garrett said when the season was over. "You want to be able to attack defenses a lot of different ways. DeMarco Murray was out for a large portion of this season, but having said that, you have to put the next guy in there and you have to be effective running it."
In theory, that makes sense. But if Calvin's point is that many of the teams having success in the playoffs are strong in the running game, I submit that they're strong around a reliable central figure who takes all of the snaps and the hits and keeps on grinding. Marshawn Lynch
in Seattle. Ray Rice
in Baltimore. Arian Foster
in Houston. Denver got lucky, when Willis McGahee
went down in the second half, it was able to turn to a former first-round pick in Knowshon Moreno
and keep going.
The problem in Dallas is Murray has an injury history that starts in college and has drastically impacted both of his pro seasons. And as a result, the Cowboys don't know for certain that they can count on him going forward.
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