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Jason Garrett: I see DeMarco Murray as leader of running back committee

T.J. McDonald, DeMarco Murray AP

The Cowboys got career highs in games, rushing yards, catches and touchdowns from running back DeMarco Murray in 2013, an effort that fulfilled the flashes of promise that he showed between injuries in his first two seasons.

While Murray showed he was able to handle a larger workload, he still missed a pair of games because of injury and it doesn’t sound like the Cowboys are going to press their luck by working Murray even harder this season. Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reports that Garrett said that he views Murray as “the leader of a committee” in the backfield, although he adds that Murray definitely has “bell cow” traits as a runner.

There’s been a lot of buzz out of Cowboys camp about Lance Dunbar, who appears to be set as Murray’s No. 2 heading into the season after Garrett made him a healthy scratch for the preseason opener because they want to be “selective” about using key players in the preseason. If Dunbar fulfills the hype, he and Murray would make for a strong duo for the Cowboys to match with their strong passing game.

Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams are also possibilities for the committee, depending on how many members Garrett decides to appoint.

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25 Responses to “Jason Garrett: I see DeMarco Murray as leader of running back committee”
  1. beerbudsnbevo says: Aug 13, 2014 2:17 PM

    He’s the starting Running Back for Petes sake…

    I should hope so

  2. goldbloodedindfw says: Aug 13, 2014 2:17 PM

    Can’t wait to see the Niners slaughter them in person on the 7th.

  3. scrp2 says: Aug 13, 2014 2:18 PM

    I see Jerry Jones as the head coach, offensive play caller, and defensive strategist.

  4. danind says: Aug 13, 2014 2:21 PM

    Dunbar is a beast. if he was healthy last year he may have been taking over for Murray this year. the guy has big play ability and is tough enough to run inside. 50/50 split for these guys please

  5. philyeagles5 says: Aug 13, 2014 2:22 PM

    Haven’t rb committees been a thing for awhile now?

  6. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 13, 2014 2:26 PM

    cowboys 5 – 11 last place 2014 season

  7. mshawn75 says: Aug 13, 2014 2:27 PM

    Code for, “If we run him more than 10 times a game, he’ll be hurt by week 4″.

  8. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 13, 2014 2:31 PM

    jerry jones will not fire jason garrett or his GM thats puts a smile on the face of the cowboys opponents

  9. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 13, 2014 2:47 PM

    Garrett is as dumb as a rock, a dumb rock at that to boot!

  10. cueghost says: Aug 13, 2014 2:53 PM

    Hate to break it to you, Goldblood, but the Cowboys will beat the 49ers in Week 1… and you’ll be there in person to cry with Harbaugh.

  11. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 13, 2014 2:53 PM

    LOL at JG thinking… or acting like anyone cares

    I doubt many see JG as a HC!

  12. thealmightybigblue says: Aug 13, 2014 2:56 PM

    CLOWNS LMAO.

  13. junkfooddaddy says: Aug 13, 2014 3:01 PM

    The Cowboys will also be employing a Head Coach by committee this year.

  14. skum01 says: Aug 13, 2014 3:24 PM

    I see Murray missing 3.5 games based purely on experience.

    Anyone want to take the under?

  15. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 13, 2014 3:57 PM

    your starting RB for the cowpies…
    deGlasso Murray

  16. jonnguy2014 says: Aug 13, 2014 3:58 PM

    Can’t wait to see the Niners slaughter them in person on the 7th.
    How can anyone thumb that down Cowboy or Hawks fans?
    I think the Boys should just run as much as possible to keep the opposing O off the field, their defense will need it.

  17. mvp43 says: Aug 13, 2014 3:59 PM

    Leader of teh running back committee?

    That’s like being the worlds tallest midget.

  18. pocketcow says: Aug 13, 2014 4:15 PM

    All of you guys commenting on how he will be injured or whatever… LOL

    Their defense is so horrible, that using a RB will be a luxury in most games. He won’t even get to play enough to get injured imo. :P

  19. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 13, 2014 4:18 PM

    still can’t believe this guy is a HC… team must have a real idiot as GM

  20. 88xfactor says: Aug 13, 2014 4:19 PM

    Cowboys: 11-5
    2014 season
    6 Pro Bowlers

  21. laboni64 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:22 PM

    This is so dumb…….the guy is an absolute horse and one of they few good decisions Jerry has made in his tenure of failures…..DeMarco Murray should get dang near every carry…..POINT BLANK!

  22. bubbybrisket says: Aug 13, 2014 4:52 PM

    Whatever happened to Felix Jones?

  23. semperfiguy1011 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:25 PM

    Their D sucks. The boys will be lucky if they go 8-8 this season.

  24. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 14, 2014 12:07 AM

    Murray is a work horse back that needs to get about 20 carries a game. Dunbar is the change up to compliment the power running of Murray. He brings excellent speed and should get about 8-10 plays a game including some passes out of the backfield.

    I look for offensive play caller Linehan to feature Dunbar on certain plays.

    At this point I see Randle as a capable backup for Murray.

  25. jlbutler66 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:03 AM

    If only Garrett could say something positive about our defense we would be all ears. The chance of that is slim and none and none is on his last legs unless one would like to fantasize. That’s the real story about the Cowboys but it would be more interesting if we had the top rated offense this year the scores would sometimes look like basket ball games rather then football games.

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