During the preseason, Dallas Cowboys starting running back DeMarco Murray was benched by head coach Jason Garrett for turning over the ball. According to Murray, Garrett was just trying to deliver a message to the former Oklahoma star and it looks like the tactic has worked.
Since being benched, Murray says that he understands how important hanging on to the ball is, but he does not seem too concerned about whether or not he is capable of keeping it secure.
“I know how important the ball is,” Murray said, via WFAA. “I wouldn’t say it got my attention. I know how important the ball is. You can’t fumble. Since I’ve been carrying the ball since high school, college, even here, I’ve never been a fumbler. I won’t be so I’m not worried about it.”
Murray does have a point.
Since joining the Cowboys, he has fumbled the ball just four times in the past two seasons. You wouldn’t consider Murray as a fumble prone player, but the wake up call from the preseason could benefit him in the long run.
Yeah, I let it marinate a little bit,” Murray said. “It was a little frustrating, you know, to be honest. But once again, I’m just trying to make plays, I’m a competitor. I wasn’t mad at anyone. I wasn’t pouting on the sideline, I wasn’t anything. I was just waiting for my opportunity to get back in the game. Once my number was called, I was ready to play.”
One thing Murray does need to worry about is avoiding the injury prone label.
If Murray can stay healthy and avoid turning over the ball, the Cowboys offense will be exciting to watch as the team competes for an NFC East title. It’s just up to Murray to make sure he doesn’t drop the ball.