Cowboys coach Jason Garrett joked that DeMarco Murray’s 48-yard run against the Giants, in which he cut back to the right after being stymied to the left, unfolded “exactly like we drew it up.”
“Ran into six guys. (Fullback Lawrence) Vickers almost tackled him for a 3-yard loss,” Garrett said, recounting the early stages of Murray’s journey. “And he spun out of it and made a great gun.”
It reminded Garrett, once again, about why it is not a good idea to over-coach a talented back.
“We never tell our runners where to run,” Garrett said. “We think the runners that we have are very natural. We explain what the run is to them, and where we think the design of the play should go. So you never want to question (spontaneous decisions). You want to let them use their instincts.”
_ Jimmy Burch