Dallas Cowboys Don’t Need a ‘Lead Dog’ at Running Back

July 11, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

This spring, when they refused to pay big bucks to retain running back DeMarco Murray, the Dallas Cowboys became the first team in NFL history to let a reigning Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year leave town. 
This does not indicate that the Cowboys are stupid.
On the surface, letting go of a guy who led the NFL in rushing by a 484-yard margin seems crazy, especially considering Murray wound up lingering longer than expected on the free-agent market before signing a relatively reasonable deal with the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles. 
But the reality is this development represents a continually evolving trend that has seen running backs lose a tremendous amount of value—literally and figuratively—in recent years. We're coming off the two most pass-heavy seasons in NFL history, and not a single Super Bowl champion this century has had a first-team All-Pro running back on its roster. 
The last time we had a running back taken wi...

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