DeMarco Murray Realizes the Grass Isn’t Greener in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s playcalling was supposed to revolutionize the NFL. Towards that end, Kelly has sought to bring in ‘his’ type of players. The Eagles relented and gave the former college coach more input into personnel decisions. One of the biggest moves the Eagles have made since Kelly’s arrival was trading running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills. Kelly decided to try to replace McCoy with multiple backs from outside the organizations. In the off-season, the Eagles signed ex-San Diego Chargers’ back Ryan Mathews and former Dallas Cowboys Pro-Bowl running back DeMarco Murray. Unfortunately, the early returns on the Eagles acquisition of DeMarco Murray are horrendous. For example, Murray had only two yards rushing on 13 carries against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Murray is enduring an awful season because he doesn’t fit the scheme the Philadelphia Eagles are trying to run. With the Dallas Cowboys last season, Murray ran for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns on 392 carries. With the Philadelphia Eagles this year, he hasn’t come close to that.

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Eagles Buyers Remorse of Murray

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Murray, the 2014 rushing champion to a five year, $42 million free-agent contract, in hopes of replacing the production of LeSean McCoy. As of yet, the signing hasn’t worked. Murray looks lost in Kelly’s single back running attack and ineffective behind the Eagles’ offensive line. Perhaps Murray’s tires have lost too much thread. Murray had a career-high 392 regular-season carries last season. But he did set career highs in yards and touchdowns. To this point, Kelly isn’t concerned about Murray’s career workload. When Murray signed he told the media, “I don’t think it’s a concern,” Kelly said at a news conference. “But I also for us think it’s also part of having Ryan here, is that I would hope DeMarco doesn’t have to carry the ball 392 times this year. If he does we’re running it 692 times.”

Or DeMarco Murray’s success could be attributed to the strength of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line.

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Where Is the Relationship Going

Murray said that the main reason he signed with the Cowboys’ rival was that the Eagles gave him the best chance to compete for a Super Bowl. So much for that theory. The Eagles’ offense looks lost and Murray is splitting carries with Mathews and the more versatile Darren Sproles. Quite honestly, it couldn’t happen to a better player. A former Cowboy now struggling with the Philadelphia Eagles. Sounds perfect to a New York Giants fan. With the benefit of hindsight, maybe Murray will learn that the grass isn’t in fact greener in Philadelphia.

Update: Demarco Murray left Wednesday’s practice with a tight hamstring.