Dallas Cowboys’ legend Roger Staubach had some interesting comments about Tony Romo recently. He said that it was not Romo’s fault the Cowboys have not won a Super Bowl under him. According to ESPN on Aug. 23, Staubach said the blame was the lack of a running game.
When Dallas won their first ever Super Bowl, Staubach had names like Calvin Hill, Walt Garrison and Duane Thomas as a by committee backfield. He then had Tony Dorsett when he won his next. Troy Aikman had a man by the name of Emmitt Smith.
As great as Danny White was at quarterback, he played with an aging, slowed down Tony Dorsett. Tony Romo, despite all his great numbers has worked with a number of players who are no longer starting for any team in the NFL right now.
As ESPN points out, the Cowboys running backs on their Super Bowl years finished their respective seasons ranked third, fourth, fifth, second and second in the NFL in rushing. The best rushing attack under the Romo era was 2009, when they finished ranked seventh. Looking back, that was also Romo’s best season, finishing at 11-5.
The other seasons, Dallas finished at 13th in 2006 and 31st in 2012, with the other seasons somewhere in between. Dallas cannot win a Super Bowl with a rushing attack that poor, no matter how good Tony Romo is. That is why it is time for DeMarco Murray to step up and stay healthy and names like Lance Dunbar, Philip Tanner and Joseph Randle need to prove they can fill in where needed.
Tonight in the Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals preseason game, the starters will play a full half, so it’s time to see if DeMarco Murray is ready to step up and be the next Emmitt Smith or Tony Dorsett.