Thanks to a playing career with the Dallas Cowboys, Emmitt Smith broke the all-time rushing record and had one of the best careers of any running back in the history of the NFL. According to ESPN on Dec. 17, Smith said that he would be "so mad" if he were DeMarco Murray playing for the Cowboys right now.
In his first six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Emmitt Smith carried the ball 2,007 times, which averaged out to be about 20 carries a game. During that time, he averaged about 4.4 yards per carry. Also, during those years, Dallas won three Super Bowls, had a quarterback named Troy Aikman and a wide receiver named Michael Irvin.
This year's Dallas Cowboys football team has a great quarterback in Tony Romo, an all-star wide receiver in Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray at running back. In 12 starts this season, Murray has 178 carries, which averages out to be 14.8 carries a game. His average per carry is an eye popping 5.5 yards per carry. As a matter of fact, in his three seasons in Dallas, Murray averaged 5.0 yards per carry.
Yet, he gets six less touches a game, on average, than Emmitt Smith did when he played at Dallas. This Cowboys team also looks nothing like the Dallas teams that won Super Bowls in the '90s.
When asked about Sunday's game, where Dallas led by 23 points and still didn't use DeMarco Murray exclusively in the game to run the ball, Emmitt Smith held nothing back.
“Oh, I'd be hot.” Smith said. “Oh, I'd be so mad. I really would be extremely mad. And I'm mad just thinking about how we lost the game. Notice I said we lost the game. It's not like Green Bay took it from us. We actually gave them a chance to come back and play."
Because Dallas kept throwing the ball, Green Bay had a lot of time to work things out and rally back from behind. Because Romo threw two interceptions at the end - while Dallas was leading the game - the Packers came back and won.
“At the end of the day, you've got to be able to run the football,” Smith said. “You have to if you want to go anywhere. Yeah, throwing the ball is great. It looks good, it's fun, you can market your players, your quarterback. But I always go back to the fundamental question: What does it take to win? Who are the winningest organizations in the history of the game and what style of football did they play?”
Dallas has two games left this season and they are really one loss away from playoff elimination. One has to wonder if they realize they need to run the ball more, or if they will keep throwing it and hope that their opponents don't continue to take advantage of it.