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Emmitt Smith: Cowboys Must Create Balance on Offense

Andy Kropa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith believes the Dallas Cowboys must run the ball in 2014.

The Cowboys finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year on the final day of the season, but Smith is hopeful that his former team can turn things around.

"With some of the draft picks that we selected, I expect us to be a little better," Smith told ABC Sports Radio on Wednesday.  "If we don't run the football, I don't know how good we're going to be."

"It's extremely important for the Dallas Cowboys to find that balance," Smith continued.

The Cowboys passed the ball 586 times and had a 64 completion percentage last season.  Their running game had 336 attempts and collected 1,504 yards on the ground.

The three-time Super Bowl champion also stressed that the Cowboys recent struggles should not be placed solely on quarterback Tony Romo.

"Some of this is not [Romo's] fault," Smith said. "At the end of the day the Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinators have to do a better job of putting together a balanced game plan and resist the urge to throw the ball 45 to 50 times a game." 

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