Kelly essentially swapped McCoy for Murray and Alonso

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Unless Chip Kelly’s plan at tailback after trading LeSean McCoy consisted of agreeing to terms with Frank Gore and not consummating and then agreeing to terms with Ryan Mathews and not consummating and then surprising everyone by chasing DeMarco Murray, Kelly’s plan changed on the fly.

And the end result could be that Kelly has a new workhorse tailback who is cheaper than his last workhorse tailback and who has 656 fewer career touches than the guy who was shipped to Buffalo.

Before his trade, McCoy was on the books for cap numbers of $11.95 million, $8.85 million, and $7.85 million.  Murray’s new deal pays out $42 million over five years.  While the cap numbers for 2015 through 2017 aren’t yet known, Murray surely will count for far less than $11.95 million in 2015.

(McCoy, meanwhile, has gotten a five-year, $40 million deal from Buffalo; it’ll be very interesting to compare the details of the two contracts.)

So Kelly essentially traded McCoy for Murray and linebacker Kiko Alonso.  Assuming Murray can be highly effective a year after a career-high 442-touch season in 2014, it ultimately could be a good deal for the Eagles — assuming Murray is indeed used as the workhorse.

The only thing odd about the outcome is the path Kelly took to get from McCoy to Murray.  But that’s what makes Kelly unique.  He’s always on his own path, whether it’s the path he intended or the one he just happened to stumble over.

137 responses to “Kelly essentially swapped McCoy for Murray and Alonso

  1. Are Eagles fans still whining about everything? They got rid of McCoy before his tires feel off and got a good young LB, they signed the NFLs leading rusher and they got a QB that will, stats wise, be in the Top 5 in the NFL if he can stay healthy. Philly wasn’t going anywhere the way they were, Chip is doing a pretty impressive quick rebuild job.

  2. Could somebody please check Murray’s race to make sure its the approved hue for Stephen A. Smith?

  3. I’d like to see the history of RBs coming off seasons with as many touches as Murray had last season. It’s probably not good.

  4. Well DeMarco had a good run with the Boys. Unlike logicalvoicesays I can admit to my prediction being wrong. Enjoy their fans when Bradford starts throwing picks. You’ll love it I’m sure.

  5. hes winging it, thats obvious, but you got to admire his boldness…even if all signs point to this failing and eagles trophy case staying the same. everyone he has signed has high injury concern and a lil bit of upside

  6. “And the end result could be that Kelly has a new workhorse tailback who is cheaper than his last workhorse tailback”

    ——-

    $42m is cheaper than $40m?? Interesting. And for people saying McCoy got a different contract, he would’ve gotten a restructure/new deal in Philly.

  7. But, but, he’s Black.

    Not what Chip wanted at all. he doesn’t like black guys.

    In all Seriousness.. Signing Murray sure lessens the pain of loosing McCoy. And we finally get some power running again. i like the finess, as it was always exciting to watch, but we needed a power back since Duce left..

  8. This is exactly why I say not to judge trades in a vacuum.

    If you look at the individual trade, one team may look like they got the better end of the deal; but if you look at the totality of the context of the deal, the other team may come out as the winner.

  9. Are Eagles fans still whining about everything? They got rid of McCoy before his tires feel off and got a good young LB, they signed the NFLs leading rusher and they got a QB that will, stats wise, be in the Top 5 in the NFL if he can stay healthy.
    ————————————

    Stop right there. Sam Bradford is garbage.

    Now, I have to think of the excuse I will give to the garbage for insulting them that much.

  10. Good deal…if they weren’t also turning over their OL too.

    “Welcome to Philly! Don’t get to attached to this OL…they may be leaving.”

    The OL was very good at run-blocking, but very not-good at pass-protection. Usually to get something, you have to give something, but giving up the chemistry on the OL might be an expensive loss.

  11. Ya that’s what he said yesterday in his press conference if you actually cared or listened to what people said instead of drawing your own far off conclusions to everything. The world isn’t always as decietful as you think it is

  12. Come on lets get real here, We all know Chip wanted Frank Gore , Then Gore bail and went with to the Colts , Then he brought in matthews and things are not certain there, So he had to pay up Murray for a position(running back) he had no interest couging up that type money just ask McCoy

    Dont forget Chip was the one saying he doesn’t need stars for his system he can plug and go ,Now this PANIC signing of Murray completely destroy what he said.

    But hey he is this genuis.

  13. I dont like Stephen A either but the Stephen A jokes are getting almost as old as the Chip and Duck players joke.

  14. Before his trade, McCoy was on the books for cap numbers of $11.95 million, $8.85 million, and $7.85 million. Murray’s new deal pays out $42 million over five years. While the cap numbers for 2015 through 2017 aren’t yet known, Murray surely will count for far less than $11.95 million in 2015.

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    McCoy only counts 5.5 mill against the Bills cap after extending and restructuring his deal. The Eagles could’ve done the same thing with him.

    Good luck getting DeMarco’s salary cap hit for this year lower than that.

    I don’t know why people keep saying how this is saving the Eagles money or even cap space, it is not. Not in the short term, not in the long term.

  15. What about the dead money they have from the McCoy deal?

    What about Murrary having a much longer injury history than McCoy?

    If Bradford and Murray make it through the season it would be a miracle.

  16. The Eagles won this battle if you ask me. You get the leading rusher who is a north and south runner AND a tackling machine in Alonso for McCoy.

  17. It’s difficult to give Kelly’s “plan” a lot of the credit for acquiring Murray. Murray wasn’t Kelly’s first target; he reached an agreement with Ryan Mathews after losing out on Frank Gore; and Murray had to call Kelly to talk him into signing him. Doubt that was in Kelly’s great plan. Kelly got lucky. Even so, he got a great RB and LB in the deal. Wish my team had that kind of luck.

  18. And coaches have been clearing cap space to bring in younger players for years. Where have you been? I’m sure you didn’t care about football until you realized you could make money off of it. Everything always seems so new to you like its never been done before. Like with belichick switching up his formations, you made it seem like he was the first to ever do that but it was done in college just weeks before. But college football doesn’t pay your bills

  19. With some offensive line protection Sam Bradford is a SOLID QB. With Murray at RB all the Pigeons need are WRs… Riley Cooper isn’t even a #2 WR.

  20. you mean Bradford, Murray, Kiko for Foles, 2nd, McCoy and Maclin…

    all of these deals must be viewed as a whole, because if one doesnt happen, the others probably don’t either.

    I wouldnt do that trade. Just sayin’

  21. lets not forget they let Trent Cole and Maclin go…..those are 2 HUGE positions to fill, a lot harder than trying to find a RB (which they could have drafted and paid 4 million a year MAX)

  22. That move alone I could get down with, but the whole Murray thing came about after thinking they were getting Gore, and agreeing to terms with Mathews (still not sure if he is with the Eagles or not). Also, the Murray deal is for more than the one McCoy signed with the Bills, and the Eagles never asked him to restructure. Combine that with the Bradford (13 million) for Foles(1.5 million) and a 2016 2nd Rounder. Is it on the fly, or is it dumb luck? Would you rather have Alonso, Bradford, and Murray, or would you rather have Foles, Mccoy(if signed the same new deal), your 2016 2nd rounder, and around 10 million to go out and get someone?

  23. Can’t you twist it either way? Or you can say got rid of McCoy to sign Sam Bradford? Don’t forget the savings on Maclin and the overpayment of Maxwell. Chip Kelly definitely stumbled into a good deal with not dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s with Mathews and getting Demarco.

  24. He has 655 fewer carriers because he missed 22 games with Dallas because of injury. That’s almost a season and a half

  25. chiadam says:
    Mar 12, 2015 3:34 PM
    I’d like to see the history of RBs coming off seasons with as many touches as Murray had last season. It’s probably not good.

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    Year drafted / Rushes / Receptions over the course of their careersL

    McCoy: 2009 / 1461 / 300

    Murray: 2011 / 934 / 170

    Who’s got more tread on the tires?

  26. They still have an obscene amount of money tied up in the RB position between Murray and Matthews. Not a smart way to construct a team. Plus they stupidly gave away a second round pick to acquire a glass quarterback and his lousy contract. Not to mention Murray has his career year last year, and will no longer be running behind the best line in the league. Happy days for me . . . both the Eagles and Cowboys both got weaker. Not scared of Murray on Philly at all.

  27. The big thing about DeMarco Murray that nobody mentions:

    He was running behind perhaps the best run-blocking offensive line in football last year.

    I think the Cowboys know that, and was why they didn’t pursue him all that aggressively.

  28. Now the trolls admit chips not the idiot they all were screaming he was earlier this week?

    Maclin at $11M makes NO sense either so you can stop hating on him for letting him walk out the door too. they can draft a young stud WR in first round and pay him a mill this year….look at the umpteen WR that came out last year and had a huge impact.

    Now Sammy B at $13M….not much I can say there..but bottom line is that he didnt think Foles was the guy and theyre only on the hook with Bradford for a year.

    Still, the majority of his moves make a lot of sense…

  29. Meanwhile, he left a certain RB from San Diego in the rain after he essentially found out he could get a better toy than the one he agreed to purchase but didn’t actually pay for yet. How professional.

  30. It just shows that he was able to adjust accordingly. When plan A (Gore) didn’t work. And plan B (wasn’t ideal), plan C turned out to be better. I’m sure it wasn’t his plan to get Murray because if Gore was signed then we probably wouldn’t have heard anything about Murray. But the fact that he was able to adjust in a matter of days is all that matters.

  31. Weren’t you just being negative and skeptical 2 hours ago about the Demarco deal, and now you’re saying Chip basically got Demarco and Alonso for Shady? You crack me up man, the whole world cracks me up that hates on the Eagles. Chip Kelly won 20 games with crappy Michael Vick, Foles, and Sanchez…give the dude his due. He knows what hes doing. Those 3 qb’s I just mentioned, I trust Bradford more when healthy. He had 4000 yards are a dump of a team consisting of no weapons and a crummy oline. Chip also just got his runningback that runs north south instead of Shady who dances, I love em, but he dances too much. He also got a 24 yr old stud linebacker in all this process and a shutdown corner. Chip’s on to something, and like Taylor Swift says haters gona hate.

  32. The jury has to sit out another year on whether Chip Kelly is a genius or a flop in the NFL.

  33. No way Chip planned this all to happen like it did. He’s no mastermind yet. You are all forgetting that Kiko has had 2 major injuries in his young career, and Murray hasn’t been able to stay healthy either. Shady scared opposing defenses, Murray does not.

  34. One more thing unique about Chip Kelly… He exposes talking heads for what they are – without confronting a single one of them.

  35. So this is the second story of “buddies who want to play together” – the first being Gore and Andre Johnson in Indy.

    Now we have Bradford and ex-college roommate Murray in Philly.

    It’s a far cry from NBA players trying to put together super-trio’s of players, but I suppose it’s kinda nice to get back together with an old friend from school.

    In Indy’s case, however, there is still a third free agent from the “U” lurking out there, who is available – Wilfork.

    Does it happen?

  36. @doomsdaydefensetx – enjoy our fans when Bradford starts throwing picks? How about enjoy Romo when he doesn’t have Murray to hand the ball off 50 times a game. You know as well as the rest of us what happens when Tony has to throw the ball. 7-9 on the horizon for the cowgirls.

  37. If you want to be technical about it they Swapped Maclin/McCoy for Alonso and Murray

    If you are going to count FA acquisition as part of the deal then wouldn’t it be fair to count the departure as well?

  38. And now their trying to unload Evan Mathis, good luck running behind that line up in Philly if they have enough guys come September.

    Cowboys will probably get Spillar or one of the two backs in the drafts for FAR less then 8+ million a year and not miss a beat.

    FYI, I’m a Packers fan.

  39. Ridiculous take. Why don’t you add in any other free agents they pick up? 5 players for McCoy….. Chip Kelly’s is a genius! Please. McCoy for Alonso….Buffalo wins.

  40. Chip is trying to build a high school team. Murray, injury prone, alonso is also injured. In the end chip will be playing defense and offense by himself.

  41. Has everyone in philly forgotten that kiko alonso has two shredded knees. It should be a read flag that a defensive minded coach like rex ryan is so willing to give up on a young middle linebacker 2 yrs removed from a great rookie season. Smoothies and sleep monitors don’t fix torn acl’s. also murray is a yr away from done. 2015 good if uninjured and then a big drop off. mccoy two -three yrs left. It’s a chipsaster in Philly.

  42. Will the agreeing with Gore and not completing the deal, then agreeing with Matthews and not completing the deal come back to haunt Kelly in the long term.
    As in, more players/agents willing to use him for leverage or steer away from him completely as someone who does not bargain in good faith?

    Yes Gore appears to be the catalyst in that “change of heart” but isn’t the mantra “if you want the guy don’t let him leave the building without pen to paper?”

  43. Yes, this all looks good IF Bradford stays healthy. And as someone already pointed out the Eagles still don’t have a #1 receiver. Good luck.

  44. The Leprechaun is indeed lucky. But one thing is certain eventually luck runs out. Let’s see how Murray’s legs look on Sunday’s after Saturday’s practices.

  45. So does your earlier stupid article about stuff not making sense sense in Philly still sound reasonable? No! Mike please go back to bagging groceries at the shop n ‘save.

  46. I fail to understand how the media (particularly the National media) become fascinated and applaud almost anything Chip Kelly does.

    I guess two consecutive 10-6 seasons and a gimmicky offense gets alot of love.

  47. I like how everyone acts like we have a choice. I’m an Eagles fan, i’m praying Chip has this right and it all works out for us to make it to the playoffs but then you never know. However, acting like our thoughts, feelings, or point of views matter is stupid! Lurie is on board, and that is all that matters. Fans need to stop acting like their opinion matters, your two choices are to root for the team or to not. I choose to root for the Eagles knowing that my opinion is meaningless to them just like all of your opinions are. I can’t stand those people who say “my tickets pay their salaries”… TV contracts pay for the league. I’m on board with Chip but know that fake outrage and anger just like my opinion is not going to change things and it is stupid. Go Birds!

  48. Year drafted / Rushes / Receptions over the course of their careersL

    McCoy: 2009 / 1461 / 300

    Murray: 2011 / 934 / 170

    Who’s got more tread on the tires?

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    I’d say by the way the Cowboys used him, and the style in which Murray runs that the tread would be about even. Keep in mind the carries for Murray would be a lot higher if he wasn’t hurt every year for one (contract year). I’m a fan of Murray, but lose the homer googles and be a realist for a second as well.

  49. Traded a back who has CONSISTENTLY put up good numbers for a 28 yo back who was just run into the ground and has an injury history, a LB with ONE good season under his belt before tearing up his knee and maybe a couple million bucks? Sounds like a landslide in the Eagles favor. Not a single yardage leader from a season ago is on this roster. I’ll take McCoy over Chip any day. Eagles will be third in NFCE.

  50. Demarco’s more of a between the tackles road-grader type RB. How this dude fits in to Kelly’s system is beyond me.

  51. I don’t think players like this guy for long. Nick Foles is about as good a human being as there is in the game of football. And he couldn’t wait to get away from Kelly. That tells me something.

  52. There is nothing odd about the path that was taken. It is simple. The Eagles and Kelly wanted Murray all along and were rumored to be going after him since FA started. It was thought that he was interested in returning to Dallas, then rumored to be fielding offers from Oakland and Jacksonville, then rumored that the Eagles didn’t stand a chance at getting him. So the eagles looked elsewhere, thinking they didn’t have a chance. Once Murray changed his mind (whether or not it was related to Bradford) and they knew Philly was where he wanted to play and that they had a shot, they made the moves necessary to go back and get the guy they wanted all along.

    Why is that so hard to imagine?

  53. The RB situation is fine, it’s the QB situation that perplexes me. Going from $1 million QB to a slightly worse $13 million QB. That is hard to understand.

  54. “enjoy our fans when Bradford starts throwing picks? How about enjoy Romo when he doesn’t have Murray to hand the ball off 50 times a game. You know as well as the rest of us what happens when Tony has to throw the ball. 7-9 on the horizon for the cowgirls.”

    So Bradford > Romo…lol – homer.

  55. So Chip “the genius’ Kelly got rid of a healthy RB and QB, for a RB and QB that are often injured and a LB that’s coming off major injury.

    This should be interesting.

  56. A player wouldn’t back out of an agreement. The agent has a relationship to maintain with GM and wouldn’t allow that. They might have talked but there is no way there was an agreement.

  57. I can’t argue with getting Alonso but I’m not sure how Murray fits a Chip Kelly offense. We’ll miss Murray in big D.

  58. Philly needed a fresh start and that’s exactly what we got. Whether you think the moves are genius, stupid or lucky, the Eagles have been the most talked about team in the league and I can’t remember an offseason as surprising and exciting as this one has been. I don’t think Chip is done making moves and whether it’s Bradford or not come training camp, this should be a fun year for the Eagles and the rest of NFC East

  59. “they signed the NFLs leading rusher and they got a QB that will, stats wise, be in the Top 5 in the NFL if he can stay healthy”
    ——

    Wait….you’re talking about Sam Bradford????

    In his career (that is, while he has been healthy), he has a passer rating of 79.3.

    You basically traded for an injury-prone, less talented, younger version of Jay Cutler. (Except Jay Cutler’s stats over his first four seasons were actually better than Bradford’s)

    In no way did that trade make any sense, unless it was a piece of a future trade, which Chip is vehemently denying (for whatever that is worth.) The fact that the Rams actually got the better draft picks out of the deal is straight up flabbergasting.

    You MAY have come out ahead on the RB position (depending on whether Murray still has anything left after being run into the ground in Dallas), but the QB swap is something we will be laughing at for years.

  60. of all the unfounded kelly criticisms i’ve been reading my favorite is the one where people don’t understand how murray would function in chip’s offense.
    no offense, but that’s overwhelming evidence that you don’t know how his offense works.

  61. irishphilly87 says: Mar 12, 2015 3:48 PM

    ….Chip Kelly won 20 games with crappy Michael Vick, Foles, and Sanchez…give the dude his due. He knows what hes doing. Those 3 qb’s I just mentioned, I trust Bradford more when healthy. He had 4000 yards are a dump of a team consisting of no weapons and a crummy oline.
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    Um, Sam Bradford has never thrown for 4,000 yards in a season. And with Riley Cooper as the #1 receiver, it’s not like his weapons in Philly will be much better than St. Louis.

  62. “Upgrade at QB, RB and LB.”

    You’re probably right about one of those three.

    QB – Foles has a 94.2 career rating to Bradfords 79.3. Don’t even take into account the injury history, and IMO that is a huge factor, I don’t see how Bradford is better than Foles.

    RB – Again, I think injury history matters ALOT but even without that Murray averaged 4.8 ypc, McCoy 4.6. I don’t think the Cowboys OL is amazing, like some do, but I think we can agree it was better than the Eagles by enough to more than cover that .2 ypc difference.

    LB – I think you are right. Certainly younger but with a injury issue.

    As a Cowboy fan I hate to see Murray leave, I liked him and his tough style of running. But the Cowboys rode him like a rented mule last year. I wish him the best for 14 games next year.

    I think this is another example of a new Cowboy front office philosophy, they have shown a recent history of letting aging talent walk. 5 years ago, Jerry would have mortgaged the salary cap to keep Demarco. I hope it continues to work.

  63. So, I guess Kelly also essentially swapped Foles, Maclin, and a second rounder … for Bradford and a bigger cap hit … coming off two consecutive ACL’s.

    Genius!

  64. I’ve been an eagles fan my whole life. The last few days for sure have been crazy with a lot of personnel change, but a few things to consider:
    1) Chip is making his team the way he wants, most people forget he inherited a lot of the players from Andy Reid’s regime. (ie. Mccoy, Maclin, Foles)
    2) If Sam Bradford stays healthy (this is a BIG if), he can flourish in this spread offense system. He makes quick decisions and is very accurate with the football. Again, people forget that Sam played against the hawks, niners, and cardinals twice a year so much better defenses compared to the NFC east. He also was playing behind a very shaky O-line in St. Louis

    I hope all these changes work out! go eagles!

  65. Terms never uttered by a Super Bowl announcer “Team wins after a pretty impressive quick rebuild job”.

  66. “He’s still a racist…..but, even I know that he wouldn’t sign a white running back”

    — S.A. Smith

  67. I think what we saw from chip kelly this off season is that he’s not the biggest fan of a team that lives off the big play.

    Shady is a -2-1-3 60 yard gain guy. Jackson catches nothing but long bombs. He brings in a power back now and much much improved defense and now they still go fast. But I think the hope is they cut down on the 3 and outs to provide some help to the defense

  68. Moves don’t make sense. Roll of the dice on a QB who did not play last year and only 6 games (or so) the year before. Trades for a LB coming off ACL injury, gets rid of proven RB for one who had a good year last year but has a history of injury. The teams achilles has been their “D” which on paper remains a problem. I see a lot of change but it is hard to envision a lot of improvement. They are spending a lot on O-line. I believe the money is better spent on O-line and D-line. This may be the beginning of the end for Chip. I don’t see a plan, I just see someone making changes because he can. That is not necessarily good.

  69. RavenzGunnerz says:
    Mar 12, 2015 3:35 PM
    Well, that is if you don’t count MacLin as a player?
    =====

    Maclin leaving has nothing to do with this conversation. Maclin was a free agent who was:

    -Born in Missouri
    -Played his college football in Missouri
    -Flourished under Andy Reid, now the KC coach.

    So who knows if Maclin even wanted to come back or gave Kelly a chance to match?

    Also, and this is a pretty important component as well, KC grossly overpaid for Maclin.

  70. It’s down to two things now for the Eagles:

    1. If they can keep Bradford upright.

    2. If they can finish rebuilding their defense in the draft.

    If they do those two things, they win the division.

  71. All this talk about tread on the tires is hilarious. Obviously McCoy is going to have more carries as he was on the field. I don’t know too many plays that call for a HB toss to the press box. The injury history has to matter.

    I’m sure you can locate a few QB’s drafted around the same time as Bradford with a bunch of more passing attempts too!!

  72. This just in… Ryan Matthews part of the McCoy-Alonso trade! McCoy for Alonso, Murray and Matthews??? I guess Chip IS a genius! Smh

  73. Kelly just proved he can change on the fly. He now has a good running back, weakened a division opponent that runner puts his foot in the ground and goes. Doesn’t dance like shady. He will run that faster pace and throw a lot Murrays carries will be cut to 225/250

  74. Not to bust the Cowboys fans stones but I keep seeing Cowboys fans saying that the had the best O line in football last year and there’s no way Murray will have success in Philly. The Cowboys were the number 2 O-line in the NFL last year in the run game, wanna guess which teams O-line was number 1? The Eagles offensive line has been a top 3 line for the past 5 years, and were number 1 last year even with all the injuries, and they had a lot of of lost time injuries last season! Just thought I’d point out facts.

  75. yes chip there is only one chip in philly and you are the man…we do bleed green in philly

  76. while you’re comparing Murray and McCoy’s future stats, throw into your comparison whoever is running for the Cowpies next year. One BIG difference in those three teams is the quality of the offensive lines.

  77. We’ll see how Murray does. Last season was also the first time in his career that he wasn’t injured, so we’ll see if that continues. Mathews is already a band-aid, and Murray may join him.

  78. Not to bust the Cowboys fans stones but I keep seeing Cowboys fans saying that the had the best O line in football last year and there’s no way Murray will have success in Philly. The Cowboys were the number 2 O-line in the NFL last year in the run game, wanna guess which teams O-line was number 1? The Eagles offensive line has been a top 3 line for the past 5 years, and were number 1 last year even with all the injuries, and they had a lot of of lost time injuries last season! Just thought I’d point out facts.
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    Here are some more facts…As reported on this site, last month the Eagles cut Todd Herremans and are currently looking to trade Evan Mathis…from that #1 ranked Oline. Be interesting to see whom Chip will use to run block and pass protect. Fortunately, the Eagles picked up a scrambling QB in Sam, so they should be fine (sarcasm).

  79. Keep trying to spin this as a positive for Philly.

    Alonso is a MEDIOCRE linebacker.
    Demarco will be wearing down by Week 5-6.
    Mathews will be on the IR by the time preseason ends.

  80. Or once Gore found out the Eagles weren’t done at rb and that he wouldn’t be the lead rusher he bailed. Makes since seeing that they are keeping Matthews and Murray. Eagles never moved on from Gore or Matthews that was the media putting their opinions into the situation. Far as anyone knows Eagles were planning on signing Murray and another back all along.

  81. So swapping your best offensive weapon, for guy that was injured all last season, and a RB that had over 50o touches including the post-season and may not be the same again…

    That seems a bit risky in my opinion, especially when add Kelly trading a young QB that I think can play pretty well at the NFL level, for a guy that the last hasn’t played in the regular season since Week 7 of 2103. and hasn’t even truly proved he can play at a high level consistently, that’s going to be hard to build a team around a guy like that.

  82. Murray will miss that Cowboy O-line, I believe. Defenses could not key on Murray in Dallas last year, because they had to worry about a “very good” receiving corp, and a very accurate QB in Romo in addition to the running game. Murray will not have that luxury in Philly, and he will learn quickly when teams stack the line of scrimmage. I really don’t know what the Eagles are doing. I believe their rivals in the NFC East see them as a lot less threatening today than they were last year. Don’t believe Murray can “create” like McCoy did, and that may be problematic.

  83. Being a genius is being able to adjust.
    Murray essentially fell into Chip’s lap but he saw talent there

    Can’t tell me that bringing in Murray doesn’t have an impact on Bradford’s upcoming contract.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Sam told the Eagles get this guy and I’ll give you a discount.

    A football team is a family. Bradford and Myrray are really good friends. Huge plus

  84. Eagles got lucky, but were smart enough to capitalize on that luck.

    As for Jerrah, if he hadn’t re-signed Beasley, he could of easily matched the Murray contract.

  85. I love the irrational hate for Romo. His career QBR (97.6) is SECOND ALL TIME to Aaron Rodgers. Yes, every QB in the history of the game past and present has a worse QBR than Romo at this time other than Rodgers… but yeah, I’m sure Demarco is the only reason Romo was effective… then I guess Bradfords 79.3 QBR will sky rocket now, good luck with that.

  86. I guess two consecutive 10-6 seasons and a gimmicky offense gets alot of love.

    Two years at 10-6 is very, very good.

    Most teams would take it.

  87. ctchiefsfan25 says:
    Mar 12, 2015 3:51 PM
    Dallas also has one of the best O-Lines in the NFL. It all starts with the guys in the trenches.
    ======

    You’re right. They do have “one of the best O-Lines in football”.

    In fact, they were ranked second in run blocking last year.

    Which is pretty impressive………except for the fact that the Eagles were #1.

  88. I’ll keep writing it until you all get it: McCoy is damaged goods. If you watched him last season he wasn’t simply dancing, he was always looking for a place to fall down. It was shocking to me that NO ONE exposed this. He got dinged in the helmet early in the season and was never the same. His big number games only came when the holes to run through were so huge he couldn’t see a defender and didn’t have to dive into the turf. I watched ever snap of his entire Eagles career. Trust me (and check the tape) – the guy isn’t right. And he’ll BOMB in Buffalo, because he won’t be running through those huge holes and around those clean edges. Book it!

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