Romo: We need to run the ball better, and I think we will

One of the popular storylines of this Dallas Cowboys offseason is the team putting an increased emphasis on the running game. With Bill Callahan calling offensive plays, the Cowboys are expected to run the ball more, thus resulting in less pressure on Tony Romo in the pocket and a better chance at finishing with a winning record for the first time in four seasons.

While Romo says he wouldn’t mind seeing the Cowboys run the ball more, he understands it can’t happen if the team isn’t running effectively.

“You get away from [running] it because you’re not very good at it,” Romo told The Hardline Thursday on 1310 The Ticket [KTCK-AM]. “I see every once in a blue moon a sportswriter talks about how ‘They got to be more committed to the run.’ Well, you could just run it but you’d just keep punting.

“The game is still about: Can you score points? And can you win that battle. It’s not about, ‘Well, if you get 20 rushes, you win.’ That’s just not reality. Saying that, the times you get 20-25 rushes … it’s because you’re winning and you’re running the football to run the clock out. They should have a stat that says there’s a certain number in the first two and a half quarters, how many rushes you have at that point. Then we’d see a correlation in some ways.”

Romo says the Cowboys don’t need a bunch of huge runs, they just need productive attempts that don’t result in negative yardage.

“Negative plays kill you,” Romo said. “And we had too many negative plays. That just puts you behind at second-and-12 and second-and-13. How do you stay committed to handing the ball off on the next down? It’s just not conducive to winning football.

“We need to run it better. We need to do a better job with that. We have been, here. I think we’re going to be doing that better this year. It’ll make it easier to call more runs, and we want to do that. Believe me, that’s right at the front of everything.”

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