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Cowboys RB coach: 'We can get Murray to be an elite runner'

Feb
15
2/15/2013 8:39:03 AM
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Gary Brown was hired to help resuscitate the Cowboys’ ground attack that fell on hard times last season, Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News reports. In 2012, Dallas rushed for 1,265 yards – the lowest total accumulated during a 16-game campaign in franchise history. The woeful performance led to the firing of former running backs coach Skip Peete and the installation of Brown as his replacement.

“I’m just here trying to learn and find my way from here to the hotel,” he said Thursday.

Brown’s been so busy he said he has yet to “really” talk to DeMarco Murray, the starting tailback who rushed for only 663 yards in his sophomore NFL campaign after missing six games with a sprained foot. But Brown has seen Murray enough to determine that that the second-year veteran has the potential to be a star player.

“I believe so,” Brown said. “We all know that the injury bug has bit him a little bit. We have to keep him healthy, and he and I will work together to just refine some of his things and get him better. Obviously he is a good, talented runner. We just want to shine up some of his things and get him to be an elite runner.”

Finding a sturdy backup to pair with Murray is also on the agenda. Felix Jones is a free agent. And reserves Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar have carried the ball a combined 68 times since entering the NFL.

“You probably just want a guy that’s going to come in and complement him in the way maybe of just being, maybe more of a jitterbug type guy,” Brown said. “It’s hard to say. I’ve only been here a few days.”

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