Despite Michael trade, Cowboys “very content” with backs they already had


The Cowboys spent the offseason professing their confidence in running backs Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar and backing up their words by resisting additions to the group in the draft and throughout training camp.

That changed on Sunday when they made a trade with the Seahawks to acquire Christine Michael, although they say that his arrival isn’t a reflection of a change in their opinion of the trio that was already on the team.

“We’re very content with the three backs that we have as we head into the Giants game,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said, via the team’s website. “I think they’re all healthy and hitting on all cylinders, so I’m looking forward to seeing how those guys do.”

Michael is a “long shot” to play against the Giants and coach Jason Garrett said that the immediate task will be for the back to familiarize himself with the team’s offense. Once he does, Garrett said that he’ll get a chance to show he’s worthy of a role on Sundays.

“There’s opportunity every day in practice,” Garrett said. “We’re going to evaluate guys in practice, and if they show that they’re worthy of being part of our roster on Sundays, we’ll give them a chance to do that. If they’re worthy of getting some opportunities to carry the football, we’ll give them a chance to do that, as well.”

The Cowboys aren’t going to give any of their backs the kind of work they gave to DeMarco Murray last year, but that might not make their offense any less productive as long as they mix and match the right way over the course of the season.

23 responses to “Despite Michael trade, Cowboys “very content” with backs they already had

  1. Right.

    The right word is desperate.

    The most mediocre franchise in Sports.

    The only reason why they won’t be last in the NFC East is because Chip Kelly is Chip Kelly and the Eagles are the Eagles.

  2. Christine Michael won’t amount to anything. The Seahawks are like the Spurs- if they don’t want a player, you shouldn’t either. Especially if they invested a high pick on that player and still dump them in favor of a 34-year old RB.

  3. Can’t wait for the silence when it becomes strikingly apparent the Cowboys didn’t even need Murray to begin with.

    That said, I like Michael. He was never gonna get a chance with Coach Pete anyway. Coach is deep in Lynch’s colon.
    Look at film. Michael can play. Good insurance down the stretch.

  4. Content?? I’d say desperate!!!! Remember Joesph Randle’s comment that DeMarco Murray “left a lot of meat on the bone”……….appears Randle can’t even cut through the skin.

  5. Geez, this isn’t rocket science people.
    Dallas didn’t want to overpay Murray, and so let him go.
    When the right investment opportunity (draft pick, Peterson, etc) didn’t present itself, it decided to go with numbers instead. A numbers game with RBs who were fits in the team’s rushing sytem.
    And so, if you’re going to go with a numbers game, you want as many quality options as possible. Michael presented that kind of quality option, a physical specimen who fit the team’s system who may or may not be able to get the mental side of the NFL down.

    If Michael can get up to speed this season and contribute, it would be worth it. Even if he doesn’t, if he makes enough progress he could be given the chance to win a major role next season. And if neither happens, no big deal, as at most it would cost a 7th round pick, and depending on the terms of the condition the Seahawks might not even get that.

    Meanwhile, if you’re inclined to make fun of Dallas for this move, just remember that there is a 99.9% chance you were one of the legion of folks who smirked at Dallas trading for Rolando McClain last season. How did that turn out again?

  6. @49erfan1973

    Do me a favor and research the history of guys with 400+ touches in a season. Now tell me you think it’s a good idea to guarantee $21 million to a guy who has had one season in college and one season in the pros without time lost due to injury.
    I don’t have a problem with Demarco getting paid. That’s what he is supposed to do. I don’t have a problem with Dallas letting him walk. I believe that contract will be a millstone.

  7. The great thing is, by the end of the week 2 game most questions people are asking about the Cowboys and the Eagles will have been resolved on the field.

  8. Yeah, who wouldn’t be content with one RB capable of landing on the IR simply from brushing his teeth in the morning, and the other with tailback power and fullback speed?

    Yes, it’s an embarrassment of riches at the running back position in Dallas. The only thing missing is Herschel Walker trying to make a comeback.

  9. That’s like saying you’re content with your spouse, but also have an Ashley Madison account…

  10. The Cowboys defense doesnt need to be sheltered by 400 carries from murray. Its not like Romo, Witten, Dez, Beasley, TW, and a very strong O line are just helpless without Murray. That line can blast some big holes and as long as a back pick up 4 or more yards regularly then the passing game will dominate. The D will come off the field on their own, sometimes scoring points or getting great field position. Some people just live to hate, they may not even like football they just love to root for failure.

  11. logicalvoicepft says:
    Sep 7, 2015 4:23 PM

    The right word is desperate.

    The most mediocre franchise in Sports.

    The only reason why they won’t be last in the NFC East is because Chip Kelly is Chip Kelly and the Eagles are the Eagles.

    And yet the have the NFL’s highest alltime winning perentage (57.5%).

    Can you explain this?

  12. You don’t pay a RB $8M/year after he touched the ball 500+ times in 2014. Not signing Murray was the right move, and Randle averaged 6.7 YPC last year off of 52 carries… that’s not too shabby. Best in the league for RB’s with 50+ carries, in fact.

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