Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray said earlier this week that he wanted a heavier work load against San Diego than he received Monday against Oakland (2 carries, no yards). That happened by the fourth snap, with three of the Cowboys’ first four plays featuring Murray (two runs, one pass). Murray handled the ball on five of the first six plays (3 runs, 2 catches) and produced 30 yards before yielding the field to backup Felix Jones.
“As a running back, you always want to have the first couple of touches just to establish the running game. To set the tone for the game,” Murray said. “We did a great job of that tonight. Coach Garrett came out and got us in a great rhythm as an offense. He called a lot of good plays and they gave me a few more touches, which I definitely enjoyed.”
Unlike in Oakland, when the first-team offense lacked cohesion and produced just 14 net yards on 11 snaps, the Romo-led offense rolled for 102 yards and a field goal in the first quarter before shutting things down in favor of the reserves.
Murray said the Cowboys’ first-team offense felt crisp and precise despite a 28-20 loss.
“Yeah, definitely,” Murray said. “We had a great couple of drives with the 1’s. I felt good tonight. Offensively, we were clicking.”
_ Jimmy Burch