DeMarco Murray: We’re winning, that’s all that matters

AP

Eagles running back DeMarco Murray didn’t take back the lead role in the backfield last Sunday, but he did see his snaps rise from 14 to 25 in the 23-20 victory over the Bills.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said this week that the team’s split of work in the backfield is based on “trying to win football games” and that they “want to put fresh running backs” in the game as much as possible to help in that effort. On Thursday, Murray said he felt “very fresh” given the late date in the season and said he is on board with the Eagles’ approach because of the results on the scoreboard the last two weeks.

“It is what it is,” Murray said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “You always want to contribute as much as you can. We’re winning. At the time, that’s all that matters. … It’s different. Obviously I’ve never been in this situation. But we’re tied for first place in the division.”

Murray’s struggles with his role and fit in the Eagles offense have been well documented this season, but one place he’s been successful is on third downs. He’s carried the ball 15 times on third down, gotten a first down each time and is averaging over six yards per carry on those plays. That’s not exactly what the Eagles are paying Murray to do, but more of the same in the final three weeks would be a big boost to their chances of ending the year in first place in the NFC East.

14 responses to “DeMarco Murray: We’re winning, that’s all that matters

  1. Winning? Over the last five games, the Eagles have won two, and have lost three.

    I guess this is par for the course, since Spray Tan did say signing with the Eagles wasn’t about money but was about winning a Super Bowl.

  2. Here is a question maybe someone with a lot of football knowledge can answer. I have been watching The NFL for over 50 years. What are the chances DeMarco can regain his earlier form from 2012, 2013 & 2014? Seriously, does the body heal? Can he regain his burst? I disagree that he is not a fit for The Eagles System. He was a GREAT running back last year. He can play in any system period. This year he is not being used a lot this year so that should help. This year he is slow and as I said lacks the burst. Can he regain or get it back?

  3. If Ryan Matthews is healthy he has earned the opportunity to start the remainder of our games. His experience running from a read option formation in college is why he’s done so well when healthy & given his backfield touches. Matthews is exactly what we need to keep the offense flowing on sustained drives.

    Only took 13 weeks & Murray calling Chappy a liar on the plane for Kelly to demote him. Hopefully he stays there & Matthews takes over.

  4. “A 6-7 record is winning?”

    I couldn’t agree more but all my fellow fans think this is GREAT the last 2 weeks, all systems go, Kelly is the man. Short memories about 45-17 & 45-14 by sub .500 clubs, people act like they didn’t happen.

    Well those were not bumps in the road & everyone wants to act like that’s all over now. But it’s like putting a band-aid over a hemorrhage…sooner or later it’s gonna be shooting blood again.

  5. Here is a question maybe someone with a lot of football knowledge can answer. I have been watching The NFL for over 50 years. What are the chances DeMarco can regain his earlier form from 2012, 2013 & 2014?
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    Slim to none. He was also older (26) than many of the backs who got 380+ carries (24/game), so that also factors in.

    Can he? Well, Eric Dickerson, Edgerrin James, and Walter Payton each had a good year (or more) after getting excessive carries. But that’s pretty exclusive company.

  6. Fix the O-Line and he will get a lot better.
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    AND a good outside receiver.

    Let’s see: that’s two guards, a tackle, and a receiver. Sounds like some work to be done…

  7. @rjth2012 demarco never had “speed” or “burst”. There’s a reason he got hawked down on every long run last season

  8. @rjth2012 demarco never had “speed” or “burst”. There’s a reason he got hawked down on every long run last season

    40 times:
    Matthews-4.45 sec
    Sproles-4.47 sec
    Murray-4.41 sec

    “burst” is another thing but made up for with “power” which the others lack.
    This college offense sucks and Chip sucks as coach.
    If the man was used properly, the eagles would have had a chance. Eagle fans are stupid, should be rioting for Chip’s firing.

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