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Jerry Jones says Dallas Cowboys are better off without Murray

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These days Jerry Jones takes somewhat of a backseat on some of the big decisions when it comes to his Dallas Cowboys.

In the aftermath of the 2014 NFL Draft it became clear that Jerry Jones wanted to draft Johnny Manziel in the first round, but thankfully for Cowboys fans his son Stephen overruled him and made sure that Dallas selected promising offensive lineman Zack Martin.

As we know now, Manziel was a bust in his rookie season and Martin made the Pro Bowl. The lineman ended up being a key part of arguably the strongest offensive line in the NFL, with running back DeMarco Murray leading the league in rushing for 2014. Surprisingly, the Cowboys allowed Murray to leave but Jerry Jones actually believes Dallas's run game is now stronger.

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Dallas better off?

To say that the latest comments from Jerry on the Cowboys' run game are a surprise is an understatement. Murray received a huge amount of help from his offensive line on his way to running for 1,845 rushing yards last campaign. But Murray should get a great deal of credit too for breaking tackles and making expert cuts. 

But according to Jones, losing the best back in the league and replacing him with the washed-up Darren McFadden means things have somehow improved at tailback for Dallas.

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"When you say the entire running game -- and that would be including our tight ends, including fullbacks, the entire game -- we're better. We're better," Jones explained on Wednesday, according to

"Murray certainly is in that thought, but what we've got a chance to do with our depth, what we've got a chance to do with the talent, the competition that we have, and I'm assuming that we can protect (Tony) Romo, which standing here last year, the concerns about his surgeries were more so than today.

"So if Romo can have the kind of year that he had last year, then our running game will benefit from that."

Belief in Randle

With Murray gone McFadden will be the number one back at least for the first part of the 2015 season. But don't be surprised if Joseph Randle manages to wrestle the job from McFadden before the season is out, with Jerry Jones said to have "a lot of trust" in Randle's abilities.

Interesting times ahead for Dallas. Do you agree with Jones' comments on Dallas's run game? Let us know below.

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