The Dallas Cowboys – as has been the custom in recent years – have had an up-and-down season. Win, loss, win, loss, loss, win, win, loss, win, loss.
Indeed, consistency has certainly been an issue for Jerry Jones’ boys in Big D.
“We’ve had some good wins, and we’ve definitely had some loses that we thought we should have won,” Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray said on The Morning Show. “We’ve got to (correct some things). We’re at a place right now where we’re tied for first in our division, and we’re still in control of our situation. We’re trying to get better as a team, and that’s what great teams do in the later part of the year: They get better every week. We’re just taking this bye week off to get healed up, get mentally refreshed and get reloaded.”
Interestingly enough, we may have learned more about Dallas (5-5) in its losses than its wins. The Cowboys are 3-0 against the weak NFC East and have home wins over St. Louis and Minnesota, which are a combined 6-13. Dallas hasn’t beaten a single team with a record above .500.
As for the losses? The Cowboys lost 17-16 at Kansas City and 51-48 against Denver – teams that are a combined 17-1. They also lost 31-30 at Detroit, which is 6-3.
And then, well, then Sunday night happened. The Cowboys got embarrassed by the Saints, losing 49-17 in prime time.
“Coach (Jason) Garrett talked to us, and like I said, we know where we stand and we know where we’re headed,” Murray explained. “Guys are on board, and guys are ready to work hard and continue to fight for these last six games and get ready for the playoffs.”
If the Cowboys make the playoffs, Murray will be a big reason why. He missed two games in October with a knee sprain, but in two games since his return, he has 20 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown. He also has seven catches for 25 yards.
“I feel good; I’m healthy,” Murray said. “Whenever I’m given the opportunity, whatever they ask me to do – running, catching, blocking – I’m going to do it to the best of my ability. I missed two games earlier this year, but that was just a little hiccup. I’m fine now.”
Murray’s carries have been a topic of debate, as Dallas sometimes falls in love with the pass. Murray had 26 carries for 175 yards and a touchdown in a 31-7 win over the Rams, but he’s also had multiple games of single-digit carries.
“When we’re winning, it never bothers me,” Murray said. “I can only control what I can control. Whenever I’m given the opportunity to run the ball (or) catch it, I just try to make something happen.”
Murray also addressed the blowup between Dez Bryant and Tony Romo in the final minute of Dallas’ loss to Detroit on Oct. 27. Bryant was criticized for his sideline antics, but several people within the organization have come to his defense.
“It was just a guy expressing his passion for the game, a guy expressing his love for his teammates,” Murray explained. “He was just amped up about us. He wanted us to win the game. He wasn’t talking about getting (him) the ball. He wasn’t talking about anything like that. He was just saying, ‘Hey, we’re one of the greatest offenses (in the league). We’re a great team. We have to start playing like it.’ He’s a guy that loves football more than any guy in that locker room. He loves the Cowboys more than any guy in that locker room. And he loves his teammates.”