Tony Romo is currently on pace to set personal records for attempts, completions, and yards (and, um, interceptions) in a season. It is generally well-known, though, that putting the ball in Romo’s hands usually isn’t a good answer for the Cowboys.
The reason why Romo’s stats are up across the board? This Dallas rushing “attack” may be the worst in team history. Yes, much of this is because DeMarco Murray has been injured, but the incompetence is beyond ridiculous.
Dallas currently has 667 rushing yards, for an average of 83.4 per game. That ranks 29th in the pass-happy NFL of today.
At this rate, the Cowboys would finish with 1,334 rushing yards and 8 TDs.
Now consider these forgettable seasons:
1960: Dallas infamously finished with a record of 0-11-1.
That’s an average of 87.4 yards per game, which is better than what Murray, Felix Jones, and company have managed so far.
1989: Dallas infamously finished with a record of 1-15.
The Cowboys traded Herschel Walker after five games and were left with Paul Palmer and pre-Moose-hype Daryl Johnston. The team finished with 1,409 rushing yards.
Of course, that’s better than the 2012 team would have at the current pace.
2010: Dallas started with a 1-7 record before finishing at 6-10.
Dallas has had similar problems running the ball in the recent past. Remember 2010? That was the year that the team started 1-7, leading Jerry Jones to fire Wade Phillips.
The offensive coordinator during those first eight games was Jason Garrett. The rushing stats during those eight games:
605 yards. 2 TDs.
It’s worth noting that the 2010 Cowboys ran the ball considerably better in the second eight games, gaining at least 100 yards in each of those games. The 2012 Cowboys have managed to reach the century mark as a team in only two games. The exact stats may not matter, but the ground game had better improve if this team wants to finish better than 6-10.