DeMarco Murray on lack of touches: Winning is ‘all that matters’
The discussion revolving around DeMarco Murray’s drop in touches in recent weeks — not to mention his lack of production over the entire season — have been a source of much consternation when it comes to how horribly his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles has gone.
But Murray at least attempted to downplay any notion that he’s unhappy with his diminished role of late in the Eagles offense, saying on Thursday that he’s happy so long as the team is putting up victories, which they have in their past two games.
“It is what it is,” he said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer, by way of Pro Football Talk. “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.”
As noted, Murray’s role in the offense has taken a precipitous drop over the past two games, with most of it related to the Eagles’ desire to rotate fresh running backs on and off the field. He took part in only 14 snaps two weeks ago in a win over the New England Patriots. But he did manage to get on the field for 26 plays in a victory over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly made it clear in comments earlier this week that he doesn’t worry much about individual player statistics, touches and so on.
But given Murray had a conversation with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie allegedly regarding his concerns over his use in Kelly’s offense — although he refused to disclose the actual nature of the chat — suggests that the running back isn’t the happiest right now over his limited action on the field.
Add that to the rumors that Murray is attempting to leverage his release from the Eagles to effectuate an ultimate reunion with the Dallas Cowboys, and it’s entirely possible that the running back not only is frustrated with how he’s being used, he may very well regret signing with the Eagles in the first place.