Hambrick Still Isn't "The Answer"

Cowboys running back Troy Hambrick has clearly learned his lesson from years past. The fourth-year running back, who has not been the answer on the ground for the Cowboys vows that he won't be a problem either.

So if the Cowboys decide to abandon their struggling running game again against the Dolphins, Hambrick will simply try to find other ways to contribute.

"I think personal selfishness will kill this team," Hambrick said. "I don't care how we do it as long as we win. I am fine. I won't say nothing. I will just block, cheer do whatever I have to do to help the team."

It's not likely that Hambrick will carry the ball only 11 times against the Dolphins as he did when the Cowboys used a pass-first game plan to defeat the Panthers last Sunday.

Coach Bill Parcells went with the strategy partly because he thought the Cowboys would have trouble running inside and because of he wanted to take advantage of the Panthers suspect secondary. The Cowboys passed the ball 44 times against just 25 rushes in winning for the first time all season when they rushed less than 30 times in a game.

Although he's not saying -- "You're going to have to come and watch it I am not going to tell you what we're going to do" -- look for Parcells to go back to a more balanced attack against Miami.

It's the style of play that he prefers. In fact the Cowboys have only one other win this season, the overtime victory against the Giants in Week 2, in which they passed more than they ran.

"He wants to be balanced," receiver Joey Galloway said. "I don't think it will be another aerial show."

That likely wouldn't be smart against the Dolphins anyway. As while they are strong against the run, ranking fourth in the league, the Dolphins also have two Pro Bowl cornerbacks in Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain.

Look for the short passes to the tight ends to remain part of the game plan.

However, the Cowboys need the run and the threat of the run to make big plays on the outside Thursday.

Hambrick knows as much.

And though he will continue to share carries with running back Aveion Cason and fullback Richie Anderson, he says he's ready to help revive the Cowboys' slumping ground game, which dropped from seventh in the league to 12th over the past three weeks.

"We want it to be better," Hambrick said. "We are working at it. If we stay committed to it we will be fine and I will have the big game on the ground that I am looking for."

This will be the 11th meeting between the Dolphins and the Cowboys. Miami leads the series 6-4 and is only one of six teams to hold a winning record against Dallas, joining Baltimore, Cleveland, Houston, Oakland and San Francisco. Dallas won the last meeting 20-0 in 1999. Miami has won four of six games played at Texas Stadium and two of three played on Thanksgiving Day.

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