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Cowboys coach: DeMarco Murray is 'one of the better backs in the league'

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is coming off his first 1,000 yard season, which earned him his first Pro Bowl berth. Dallas Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown thinks the best is yet to come in regards to Murray, and calls him one of the better backs in the league.

“He’s just scratched the surface,” Brown said, via the team’s official website. “I think he’s one of the better backs in the league – he just has to go out and prove it now.”

He thinks this season will be even harder for Murray.

“People now know his name, he’s been in the Pro Bowl – people are going to know who he is. So now it’s more of a challenge to go out and play well, and I think he’s going to go out and take that challenge full force and have another good season.”

The biggest issue regarding Murray is his durability and inconsistent offensive line performance. If he can stay on the field he can be a good player for the Cowboys, and he led all qualifying running backs in yards per carry (5.7) against base defenses last season, according to the NFL stat gurus at Pro Football Focus.

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  • SmartThinking

    Murray has big shoes to fill following the likes of Dorsett, Smith, Walker and Garrison. And so far, he’s gained 1,000 yards once and missed a third of his games with injuries since he cracked the starting lineup. I’d like to see him surpass that 1k mark. But, the killer schedule and questions about the Dallas QB and OL make me think it’ll be significantly harder for him and this team now that opposing defenses know what he’s capable of accomplishing.