I apologize if I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself here, but is DeMarco Murray the next greatest player of the Dallas Cowboys?
I mean can anybody ever remember a rookie debut as phenominal as Murray’s first three games as a Cowboy?
Not even the great Emmitt Smith was this good. Check out Smith’s first five games as a starter:
- 9/9/90 – 2 rushes, 2 yards
- 9/16/90 – 6 rushes, 11 yards
- 9/23/90 – 17 rushes, 63 yards
- 9/30/90 – 12 rushes, 28 yards
- 10/6/90 – 23 rushes, 121 yards
That is 325 yards gained in his first five games for Emmitt Smith.
DeMarco Murray on the other hand has 466 yards over three games.
Short sample size I know, but encouraging and eye-opening to say the absolute least.
Murray has been nothing short of phenomenal, and to come out of the gate and break Emmitt Smith’s single-game franchise rushing record with 253 yards in his first ever NFL start?
That was what you call a bold statement.
And what about his power-run game coupled with all the twists and turns of a world class gymnast?
When was Felix Jones, Marion Barber, Tashard Choice and Julius Jones this tough and this elusive?
He’s averaging 6.7 yards per carry and freaking 3.14 yards after contact! After contact! Say it again… 3.14 YARDS AFTER CONTACT!
I’m not saying Murray is the next Emmitt Smith, only that we may be witnessing one of the best Cowboys debuts in recent memory. No Cowboy has ever busted 466 yards in his first three games, not one of them.
So let’s relish it and enjoy it like a fine bottle of champagne.
That’s all I’m saying…