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Stephen Jones: Jason Garrett 'maturing as a coach'

The Dallas Cowboys have ridden DeMarco Murray's NFL record-setting seven-game streak of outings over 100 rushing yards to open the season 6-1.

The running back has 187 carries for 913 yards (4.9 per rush), leading the NFL by nearly 300 yards rushing. Murray is on pace for 427 carries this season.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones reiterated to Adam Schein on Mad Dog Sports Radio on Thursday that the team would like to curtail the star running back's work.

"There's no doubt we'd like to get (Murray's workload) cut back," Jones said. "We want to do better in reducing his touches."

Murray's injury history -- and the diminishing returns on running backs who compile astronomical carries -- is a reason the Cowboys want to find another back to share the load.

However, Jones credited Jason Garrett for sticking with the ground game and cited the coach's growth as an important factor to the team's success in 2014.

"Anytime you have a great QB like (Tony) Romo, (you're) tempted to throw it around the yard," Jones said. "But Jason is maturing as a coach."

This season was viewed as a potential make-or-break year for Garrett. With an NFL-leading 6-1 record, the conversation has moved Garrett from a potential hot-seat candidate to a coach worthy of a contract extension.

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