DeMarco Murray ended Sunday’s win against the Patriots with the lowest number of rushing yards he had had since week 2 and less carries than both Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner. Chip Kelly addressed the issue and claimed that the team aren’t going after “rushing championship” they’re just trying to “win games “.
Murray for the second time this season however has made his frustrations known..but not by talking to the press, by talking to Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reported earlier this morning that Murray had addressed his frustrations with Lurie but did not want to cause a scene.
The frustrations may not be his lack of snaps on Sunday, but the lack of them going forward. With Kelly claiming that this is a game-by-game situation, it doesn’t exactly spell 20 carries a game for Murray. Not only that but Mathews is set to return within the next two weeks which could see his snaps decreased even more.
This isn’t the first time he has complained about his lack of snaps..but it also isn’t the first time the complaints are ironic. It would make sense if he was grinding for yards and putting up some numbers as Sproles was but he isn’t…78% of his yards on Sunday (19) came on just one carry.
According to Reuben Frank of CSN, Murray is set to be the first Eagles running back to have over 200 carries in a season and average 3.5 yards or less since 1974 which saw Tom Sullivan do the same.
Murray has failed to find a rhythm all season long and with his frustrations voiced quietly directly to the Eagles owner, he’s gone over Chips head and instead of not making a scene..has potentially written an entire movie.
More to follow as the story progresses.