Since the Tony Romo era began in Dallas, the Dallas Cowboys success offensively has come from the passing game. Most of the touchdowns have come from Romo connecting with a talented receiving core, a prime example of the league that’s become pass-happy with offenses using multiple receiver sets. But the one key aspect of the game never vanishes, and that’s plain and simply having a balanced attack, like the team of the 90’s had during the glory days of Troy, Emmitt and Michael. Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett is familiar with having a balanced attack from his days as backup quarterback to Hall of Famer Troy Aikman. And with a young talented running back DeMarco Murray primed for success, Jerry Jones decided to go fishing for a Moose like blocking fullback, singing Lawrence Vickers, a fullback that led the way for the Houston Texans running game that was the best in the league last season.
The Cowboys took a chance on injury prone fullback Tony Fiammetta, who led the way for DeMarco Murray before both of them went down with injuries in the crucial part of the season in 2011. When Healthy, Fiammetta has proven to be one of the best blocking fullbacks in the game, but health concerns put a halt on the Cowboys future plans with him leading the way for the running game. Fiammetta recently signed with the New England Patriots, leaving the door wide open for Vickers, a player without an injury prone track record and most importantly, a player that brings a positive twist to the offense and running game. Vickers’ impact has already had a positive effect on the team during OTA’s and Minicamp.
Expected to be starting running back, DeMarco Murray has already expressed the goods Vickers brings to the table. “His eyes are my eyes, and my eyes are his eyes. We’re going to continue to work on that and continue to work on the chemistry. It’s still early. We’ve been practicing for only three weeks and we have a lot of time to work. But I’m loving him and the enthusiasm he brings to the field.”
No doubt, Jason Garrett is setting his eyes on the offense having more of a physical approach. And with quarterback Tony Romo getting older, a solid running game can keep him healthy not having to throw 35-plus times a game. Most importantly, a solid running game sets up the play-action pass, and the Cowboys have enough speedsters at receiver that can beat corners and safeties over the top.