During the off-season, Dallas signed fullback Lawrence Vickers _ a lead blocker with a strong track record of NFL success _ to help boost an inconsistent ground game that posted a franchise-low five rushing touchdowns in 2011.
Through two weeks, the Cowboys (1-1) still seek their first rushing touchdown of the season heading into Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay (1-1). But tailback DeMarco Murray ranks fifth among NFC rushers, with 32 carries for 175 yards (5.5 per carry).
What do the mixed numbers say about the success of the team’s two-back sets? Garrett considers them inconsistent, like many other areas about this team.
“We’ve done OK in those. At times, we’ve run the ball well. Other times, we’ve only been OK,” Garrett said. “It’s just a matter of going through the process and trying to improve. Like with every part of your football team, there are growing pains that you’re going to go through early on in the season. We’ve got to make sure we continue to give those things chances. Obviously, we ran the ball much better in the New York game than we did in the Seattle game. So there’s some positive things to point to, but obviously a lot to correct as well.”
_ Jimmy Burch