There are a lot of players in the NFL who have a "me" attitude, where they want the ball more than any other player on the team. However, DeMarco Murray is not one of those players. Despite this, ESPN reported on Dec. 18 that Murray said he would love to get the chance to finish out games for Dallas and carry the ball to help them put the wins away in the fourth quarter.
DeMarco Murray has 977 rushing yards and will pass the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career against the Washington Redskins. In the fourth quarter of games this season, Murray averages 6.0 yards per carry, yet has only ran the ball 31 times in the fourth quarter this season.
In a number of those games, including last week's Green Bay Packers game, Dallas allowed their opponents to come back and beat them in the fourth quarter.
The biggest complaint that Murray could have came in the Packers loss when Jason Garrett called a run with a one-route passing option, but plans were to run the ball no matter what. Romo checked off and threw an interception, causing Murray to explode on the sidelines.
Murray never yelled at anyone and just showed frustration in the impending loss. He then avoided the media after the game, when teammates said he was "heated" and, when he talked to the press, he said nothing against Romo or his coaches. He said that he gets nice chances to carry the ball and has nothing to complain about. He did say he wished he could get the chance to carry the load in the fourth quarters of games.
Emmitt Smith did an interview earlier this week and said he would be mad if he were DeMarco Murray because he feels Murray has earned the right to close out games. That is not Murray's style, but if the Dallas Cowboys want to win games and make the playoffs this season, they need to realize their biggest weapon at the end of games is not Tony Romo's arm.