The Dallas Cowboys have had one of the best offensive lines in the NFL for over three seasons, and the success running backs have had behind that offensive line has led some to erroneously believe anyone can run behind the Cowboys line with success. Even though the Cowboys offensive line doesn’t affect the team’s NFL betting, it is still interesting that a lot of people believe anyone can be successful running with that line.
In 2014, DeMarco Murray rushed for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns behind that line, making him the league leader in rushing yards. A year after, he left the Cowboys for the Philadelphia Eagles, who paid him closer to what he felt he was worth than the Cowboys did.
In Philadelphia, Murray had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career, which led to people saying he wasn’t a very good running back without the holes the Dallas Cowboys offensive line opened up for him.
Murray’s replacement in Dallas was oft-injured running back Darren McFadden, who many thought was done as a starter in the league. However, McFadden was able to rush for 1,089 yards while splitting carries, which again brought up the idea that it was the offensive line that made him successful.
This is where things get interesting, if the Cowboys were so confident that anyone could run behind their offensive line, why did they feel the need to draft another running back instead of sticking with McFadden again?
The answer is quite simple: simply because a player rushes for a thousand yards, it doesn’t make them a great or effective running back. In McFadden’s case, the yardage didn’t translate to much success because the team finished a dismal 4-12.
The injury to Tony Romo had something to do with the team’s lack of success last year, but McFadden also contributed in his own way. Despite going over one thousand yards, McFadden wasn’t very effective when it came to scoring. He finished the season with three touchdowns in the 10 starts he had last year, which wasn’t good enough to help the team win games.
Fast forward to this season, the Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth pick in the draft in what might be the best pick they have made in a long time.
Because of his success at Ohio State, selecting Elliott was a no-brainer and it has been paying dividends for the Cowboys this season.
Elliott has 703 rushing yards through the first six games, and is currently leading the NFL in rushing yardage. He also has five touchdowns in the six games, which is almost double McFadden’s output last year.
DeMarco Murray, who was criticized for not being the same runner without the Cowboys offensive line, was traded to Tennessee in the offseason and is doing very well over there.
Murray has 633 yards this season, and is third in the NFL in rushing, which means he doesn’t need the Cowboys line to be successful, he just needs to be in a system that he fits in, which didn’t happen in Philadelphia.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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