While controversy is swirling around the state of the coaching staff, there is uncertainty on the offense as well. Let’s take a look at the quarterback and running back positions
It all starts with Tony Romo who will spend most of the offseason recuperating from back surgery. Romo was solid in 2013, throwing for 3,828 yards, 31 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions. Even with his phenomenal numbers, Romo was heavily criticized for throwing interceptions late in games against Denver and Green Bay. Although he’s hated in Dallas, he will have to be healthy for the Cowboys to make any sort of impact in the NFC East next season.
Kyle Orton will backup Romo again as he played lights out in his only game of the season. At this point there isn’t another quarterback on the roster but the Cowboys could always pick up a rookie in the draft.
DeMarco Murray had a career year, carrying the ball 217 times for 1,124 yards and 9 touchdowns. He got better as the year went on, including the two games against the Bears and Packers when he averaged +7 yards a carry. The crazy thing about Murray is that he put up those numbers even though he never carried the ball more than 26 times in a game. If the coaching staff ever figures out how to call plays correctly, Murray could challenge for the rushing title.
Lance Dunbar had a rather rough beginning of the season but started to pick up his play later in the year. On Thanksgiving Day he put together a 12 carry, 82 yard effort and then promptly hurt his knee. Expect Dunbar to be back next year and make a bigger contribution to the ground attack. Third-string running back Joseph Randle got a significant amount of work during the last three games of October but after that he didn’t make much impact. He could get more playing time next season but that also depends on whether or not a rookie is drafted.