IRVING, Texas – It’s a position that will see some big changes on the field by next season. It’s a position that will likely see some big changes on the staff by next week.
However you slice it, look for the running back spot to look vastly different for the Cowboys in 2013.
And that doesn’t even include a change at the top as
After that, it’s anyone’s guess.
This is the only position on the staff that has yet to be filled. And it was the first one vacant after the Cowboys decided back in early January to dismiss running backs coach Skip Peete after six seasons.
While five new faces have joined the coaching staff and other coaches have adopted some new roles, the Cowboys haven’t finalized things at running back just yet.
The club has interviewed Sam Gash, a 12-year veteran fullback who spent five years as the Lions running backs coach, and considered Tim Spencer, who held the same role with Chicago. One of the leading candidates now could be Alabama tight ends/special teams coach Bobby Williams, who coached with Jason Garrett for two years with the Dolphins as running backs coach and met with the Cowboys about an opening three years ago.
Whoever the new running backs coach will be, he’ll likely have to get some new pieces in place.
Still, it leaves the door open for at least one, possibly two new backs to enter the equation this season.
Don’t expect the Cowboys to spend a first-round pick on a back, or even a second-rounder considering Murray is still the expected starter with just two years under his belt. But a mid-round back or even a reasonably priced free agent makes sense.
This past year, Murray missed six full games and half of another with a sprained foot. He rushed for 663 yards on 161 carries, a 4.1 yard average.