DeMarco Murray’s first season with the Philadelphia Eagles has mostly been a disaster. The Cowboys didn’t want to pay the NFL’s 2014 leading rusher last offseason, so he signed with the Eagles, and pretty much nothing has gone right. He leads the Eagles in rushing (569 yards), but is averaging a paltry 3.5 yards per carry and just 51.7 yards a game.
He rushed for 1,845 yards and 13 TDs last year and 4.7 yards a carry.
Rock bottom this year for Murray probably happened Sunday in New England. While the Eagles were celebrating an upset of the Patriots, Murray was stewing over tying a season-low with eight carries. Naturally, his first move was to go to the team’s owner to cry about it:
So who leaked this? The owner is notoriously hands off – he let Andy Reid hang around forever. It seems unlikely he’d want a distraction like this just two days after the landmark victory. Could it be Howie Roseman, the team’s former GM who got pushed into another role so Chip Kelly could control the roster?
At any rate, the Eagles have a loaded backfield down the stretch. Darren Sproles had 15 carries against the Patriots and third-stringer Kenjon Barner (from Oregon) got nine – but he did fumble late giving the Patriots a chance. Once Ryan Matthews returns from injury, where does Murray fit?
Silver lining: This is a blessing in disguise. As teams wear down at the end of the season, the Eagles have three fresh backs to rotate in and pound them into submission. Murray will get his touches. The Eagles – tied for 1st in the NFC East! – will win the division.