There is going to be some kind of change in 2019 with the Dallas Cowboys and their offense. It has to be with the departure of Scott Linehan, but what kind of change will we get? One thing that the front-office and coaching staff should consider is adding another quality running back to juice up this pedestrian offense.
Before you panic and call me an idiot, I am in no way advocating replacing Zeke Elliott. He is still this team’s best player and needs to continue to be the focal point of the offense. Yet, the Cowboys need to add another dynamic weapon, especially at the running back position. The current backup running back is Rod Smith and he is just an average player. There is nothing special he does that can help you other than stepping in for Zeke when he is tired or injured.
The solution is to use one of your high-draft picks to take a talented running back that could very well be a starter on most teams. This player will not replace Zeke, but rather compliment his skills and make defenses account for another running back that could gash them for big plays.
This is already working out well for the New Orleans Saints and they just played in the NFC championship game. The duo of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingrim took the league by storm in 2017 and continued to be in 2018. In fact, by early December the duo were averaging 9.1 yards-per-play when both were on the field together. Imagine the things you could do with Zeke and another high-caliber runner. Rumored Cowboys’ Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore has said that he thinks that offenses should be used to confuse defenses and having two quality backs in the game with a running quarterback would be something that would hamper any defense trying to make a game plan against Dallas.
Another reason this could help the team is getting some of the carries down for Zeke and not worrying about the production also slowing down. It was apparent in 2017 that this team is heavily-reliant on his production and if he even misses a series the offense starts to sputter. Adding another running back that can carry the load will benefit the team and allow Zeke to stay fresh longer.
The biggest threat though could be that Zeke could leave the Cowboys. His contract will come up soon and it is best for this franchise not only to have leverage but to ensure it has an insurance plan going forward.
All teams must continue to add talent to its roster every year if it wants to stay relevant in the league. Just because you have Zeke doesn’t mean you stop adding talent to that position group. The best teams add talent and then they coach them up and use all their weapons to their disposal. Having too many weapons in a battle is never a bad thing. So let’s dive in and see what future running backs can help be Zeke’s running mate.
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