Jason Kelce didn’t like the switch from LeSean McCoy to DeMarco Murray

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Last year, Eagles coach Chip Kelly sent running back LeSean McCoy packing and signed running back DeMarco Murray. That didn’t work, and it’s no surprise that not all of the Eagles’ players were on board with it.

Eagles center Jason Kelce said on 94.1 WIP that there was a lot of blame to go around for the Eagles’ lousy running attack last season, but a big portion of the blame had to do with the change at running back.

“I don’t think necessarily we had the best back that we had a few years ago either,” Kelce said, via PhillyVoice.com.

McCoy ran for 1,319 yards as the Eagles’ starting running back in 2014, while Murray managed just 702 yards in 2015. Kelly did a poor job of recognizing which players would fit his offense, and that’s why neither Kelly nor Murray is still in Philadelphia.

22 responses to “Jason Kelce didn’t like the switch from LeSean McCoy to DeMarco Murray

  1. Philly set itself up for a major house cleaning in 2 years. The HC & GM will be gone. Anybody that watched the Skins struggle after the RG trade by not having draft picks/ not drafting well would know its guillotine time for those that stay sub 500.

  2. Everyone knows Coach Genius believes his High School system trumps player talent. He has one year in San Fran – then back to college for High School Harry.

  3. What a coward Jason Kelce is. I remembered that he gave the mediocre coach Chip Kelly all the praises and adorations and even called him genius. Why didn’t he say it then? He is not a leader just a “me too” ball player.

  4. In defense of Murray with respect to Chip Kelly’s offense, …it’s difficult to be successful if you’re set up for failure.

  5. They need to completely clean house. Sounds like their entire o-line is loud mouthed know it alls, especially after what they were saying last year about being the best Oline in the NFL.

    Heads up Dallas had Murray as the #1 NFL rushing back
    Then they had McFadden as the #4 back when he only played 12 games.

    HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

  6. DeMarco had the keys to the kingdom in Dallas. And he gave it up for a little extra money. Now he’s a journeyman in Tennessee that no one will remember after he retires. Mind boggling decision.

  7. Nobody liked the switch from McCoy to Murray but Kelce deserves his share of the blame. O-line should benefit from audibles and actual snap counts this year. Brandon Brooks should really help too, but Kelce needs to look in the mirror when assigning blame. He stunk just as bad.

  8. Different running styles. Shady has the ankle breaking first cut, Murray’s style was tailor made for the Dallas line. North-South downhill runner through a hole . Kelly’s ego got the better of him. Getting rid of DeSean, Shady etc big mistake. Systems are nice, but generally speaking the team with the most talented players wins.

  9. long time eagles season ticket holder here.

    2 huge things that tanked kelly were (1) switch to 3-4 and (2) frank gore reneging on verbal agreement to sign.

    kelly had 4-3 talent when he came, most notably cox and curry. that switch was completely unnecessary and a huge strategic blunder that added too much change to a team that was already dealing with tempo, sports science, etc. kelly should have kept the 4-3 intact so the team had an area of consistency.

    frank gore and darren sproles would have been a great tandem. but gore reneged and eagles panicked. mathews is too injury prone and should have been avoid. fact that he is now #1 back says it all about state of eagles run game. murray is a great back and will show it with titans. his resource was very poorly allocated by kelly.

  10. I think anyone who watched the Eagles last year realizes how bad Murray was and how it’s not about running style. Ryan Matthews was much better and more successful than Murray with a similar running style.

  11. dgreenfi says:
    Aug 2, 2016 10:04 AM
    I think anyone who watched the Eagles last year realizes how bad Murray was and how it’s not about running style. Ryan Matthews was much better and more successful than Murray with a similar running style

    Anyone who watched the Sheagles last year realizes the team is just horrible and will never amount to anything.

  12. @chrisk61

    While I certainly respect your position considering you are an Eagles fan (and I am not) in my opinion what actually did Kelly in was his ego when it came to personnel decisions. Some of the moves he made (like McCoy) just boggle the mind and defy rational explanation. I think he was determined to prove it was the coach not the players.

  13. Trading McCoy was not a mistake. When a RB makes over $10M that’s just bad cap allocation. RBs are just not worth that much $$ anymore. He also got back a very promising young LB in that deal. That trade was brilliant. What was stupid was signing a RB for $7M who doesn’t fit your style of running. Makes no sense to pay RBs that kind of money anymore. They just don’t impact games like they used to.

  14. Getting rid of Shady was the biggest mistake Kelly made. He was perfect for the offense Kelly was trying to run. Murray was not. As for Frank Gore, he’s a similar back to Murray, and has never been nearly as talented as McCoy.

  15. Kelly signed Murray because Frank Gore backed out of a deal. I simply don’t get the venom spewed at Kelly. He won more games than he lost after assuming control of a horrible team. Some NFL cities would have appreciated the result.

  16. Kelly just wanted team first players. Desean and Shady were high cap numbers and self centered. He was trying to build a team culture but lousy defense and depleted talent got the best of him.

  17. To blame Gore for the Eagles’ failure is asinine. One player doesn’t make or break a team unless he’s a QB. What if Gore had tore up his knee in the offseason? You always have a back up plan and fit the offense to the available players. Kelly didn’t, despite his talk.

    johnbokilo says:
    Aug 2, 2016 8:27 AM
    What a coward Jason Kelce is. I remembered that he gave the mediocre coach Chip Kelly all the praises and adorations and even called him genius. Why didn’t he say it then? He is not a leader just a “me too” ball player.
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    Ridiculous. Kelce was smart enough to go along with the program BECAUSE he was a team player. Kelly was the boss, and you support your boss. Anyone who didn’t lost their job with the Eagles. I don’t know how it is with your job, but clearly with Chip Kelly, if you don’t buy in 100%, you’re out, right or wrong. No one wants to lose their job.

  18. what hurt kelce is the fact he is small for a center but quick. when he had herremans and mathis on either side, the quickness was good. with the two guards from last year, the lack of size was a big liability. hopefully the two guards this year will play better.

  19. Shouldn’t have let Mathis go, he had at least a year left in him. Running game took a step back.

  20. I think it’s pretty clear that McCoy > Murray, pound for pound. Scheme’s and surrounding casts will always affect a player’s performance, but you’re delusional if you scout both players and come out with Murray ranked higher. Incidently, the same is true for scouting McCoy vs Kiko alonso lol…

    Therefore, Chip Kelly was delusional on that one.

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