By Stu Peterson: Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray believes he’s going to have a huge, huge season in 2013 with the Cowboys. He feels he’s capable of rushing for 2,000 yards. How precisely the 25-year-old Murray will be able to accomplish this is the big question. The Cowboys don’t have a good offensive line, and they don’t bother to give any of their running backs a lot of carries. Most of the offensive plays are routed through Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. He’s either passing it or running the ball. Murray will be lucky if he can manage to get 10 carries per game this season.
Murray said to ESPN when asked if he can rush for 2,000 yards this season, “I think I’m capable of anything.”
It’s not really a fair question to ask a guy if he can rush for 2,000 yards when the most yards he’s ever rushed for as a Cowboy was 897 in his rookie season in 2011. That’s like a reporter coming up to a baseball player that hit 20 homeruns the previous season and asking him if he thinks he can hit 70+ homeruns. The player might say yes, but that doesn’t mean that it has a realistic chance of it happening.
Murray suffered injuries last season that limited his playing time to only 10 games with the Cowboys. For Murray to rush for 2,000 yards, he’s going to have to stay healthy for ALL 16 games during the reason, he’s going to need to get at least 350+ carries if he averages 5.5 yards per carry like he did his rookie season, and he’s going to need the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator to be willing to let Murray get that many carries.
I can’t see it. At best, I see Murray maybe getting 200 carries if he stays healthy and possibly rushing for over 1,000 yards if he can average over 5 yards per carry like he did his rookie season. That’s not easy to do, as Murray found out last season when he averaged only 4.1 yards per carry.