Re: Murray vs Vereen
posted at 11/17/2011 4:56 PM EST
In Response to Re: Murray vs Vereen
[QUOTE]Dude, blaming Garrett in that game is what Cowboys fans will do to avoid blaming Romo for stupid plays or the fact Garrett didn't trust Romo there. Did you see the end of the Cowboys Jets game? Ok, then. Anyway, Murray wouldn't be getting touches here, so you can't compare Murray as the "better" pick. Dallas runs a less complex, less responsible system. The main reason why someone like Faulk gets looks in Pitt or Ridley is even held back is because of the schemes we run, including blocking, etc. This is not a harbinger of Ridley or Vereen's talents, they just need reps. Without camp, and with each dinged up a bit in August, they lost those reps. Dallas doesn't run a complex offense like we do. Finally, we barely run the thing, while Dallas is running it all over teams. If BJGE, Woodhead and Faulk were out or hurt, and we saw a Ridley or Vereen as a lead back, then we could compare.
Posted by RidingWithTheKing[/QUOTE]
Romo definitely cost Dallas that game, but Garrett needed to take a chance at the end. If they are going to make Romo their starting QB, they need to at least put the ball in his hands to try to win games. I feel like you have blamed O'Brien for plenty of this teams faults.
I am sick of hearing about how complicated our offense is and how difficult it is for players to pick up. If your offense (or defense for that matter) has become so complex that skilled football players cannot make a contribution, then I would contend that its complexity has become counter-productive.
Other teams manage to get contributions from players right away. Look at Mike Wallace vs Brandon Tate. We were told the same thing about Tate. He has the talent, he just needs time to learn our complicated offense. Meanwhile Wallace had 39 catches for 796 (more that Brandon Tate career numbers) and makes the pro bowl in his second season (with over 1250 yards). Now he is one of the top deep threats in the game.
Back to Vereen, I do not think he was projected by most as a number one running back. He is more of a third down guy and a great receiver out of the backfield. Like I said, when he did not get reps with both of our players who fill that role (Faulk and Woodhead) out. It tells you what the coaches think of him. Again, if you pick a guy in the second round and it going to take two years (or half of his contract) to get something from him, I would say that is a bad pick.
I still say give him more time. I just think his inability to get on the field is telling. BJGE got 74 carries his rookie year (although, I admit, that backfield was a mess in 2008).
One final quick note, Dallas averages less than one rushing attempt per game more than the Patriots (25.9 vs 25.2). So the carries are there.