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August 26, 2013

First-team has had 25 runs and 39 passes as Cowboys seek balanced offense

The Cowboys rushed the ball 43 times against the Bengals and gained 154 yards with Joseph Randle getting 66, DeMarco Murray 51 and Phillip Tanner 39. 

They vow to run it more and run it better this season after having the fewest rushing yards in a 16-game season in team history. The Cowboys called a running play 31 percent of the time in 2012, and their 1,265 rushing yards made up only 21.1 percent of their total yards.

With Bill Callahan in his first year as the play-caller, the Cowboys have had 113 rushes and 128 passes in four preseason games. The first team played 10 series during the preseason, with 25 rushes for 67 yards and 39 passes.

“We need to run the ball better,” Garrett said. “We evaluated how we ran the football last year. We didn’t run it well enough. We didn’t run it enough. We’ve got to become a better running football team. I think adding [rookie center] Travis Frederick, the emergence of [guard] Ron Leary, [tackle/guard] Doug Free, I think all of those things are going to help us run the ball better. We have to be a stronger team on the offensive line. We have to run the ball better. The great teams in this league since Pudge Heffelfinger have been able to run the ball and control the line of scrimmage. You’re doing the smoke and mirrors if you don’t have that.

“We made a concerted effort as an organization to upgrade the personnel and do this better. DeMarco Murray is a big part of it, the guys up front are a part of it. We’ve got to do it better. It’s going to help our offense. It’s going to help our football team.”

-- Charean Williams



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