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Running the Numbers: Would a workhorse RB system help the Cowboys?

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At DallasCowboys.com, I took a look at whether or not DeMarco Murray should handle the load in 2013.

For the teams that have ridden just one running back in recent seasons, the plan has worked. Teams with a workhorse running back have outrushed those without one in three of the last five years. In 2012, the difference was massive – 4.51 yards per carry (YPC) for workhorse teams compared to just 4.04 YPC for non-workhorse teams. Over the course of all five seasons, teams that implemented “running back by committee” totaled one-tenth of a yard less per carry than teams with a high-volume running back.

That doesn’t mean that the best strategy for every team is to give a huge number of carries to one running back. It obviously works for teams like the Vikings or Texans who have an elite running back whose talent far exceeds anyone else on the roster. A slightly fatigued Adrian Peterson bests a fresh any-other-runner just about all of the time.

The full article is at the team site.

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