It was somewhat surprising to hear Scott Linehan, the new Cowboys offensive play-caller, talking on the radio about how Pro Bowl running back DeMarco Murray and the Dallas running game would be the team’s strength this season.
“Things that were done last year in the running game with DeMarco, the running style that was created here is really a good fit,” Linehan said recently on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “That’s going to be our strength, being able to lean on that running game a little bit more than they have in the past."
Much has been made of how pass-happy Linehan is, but the Lions were 13th in pass/run ratio in 2013, so his last offense in Detroit was pretty balanced, relatively speaking. Linehan also reportedly loves Lance Dunbar, so Murray could get a bit more rest in 2014. Remember, Linehan featured both Reggie Bush and Joique Bell while with the Lions.