In 2014, DeMarco Murray led the NFL with 1,845 rushing yards, had 2,261 total yards and accounted for 13 touchdowns. He also led the Dallas Cowboys to their first playoff win since 2009.
Then Dallas let Murray walk. Bad move. The Cowboys went 4-12 during an injury-plagued season.
Murray wasn’t as good, either. In 2015, he rushed for just 702 yards, as Philadelphia finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.
Murray was reportedly unhappy throughout the season. He averaged just 3.6 yards per carry – easily the lowest of his career – and split carries with Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews.
So…just how unhappy was Murray last season?
“I think a lot of it was blown out of proportion,” Murray said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Obviously me coming in there, I wanted to have success. I look at myself as the reason for not having success. I didn’t look at the line, I didn’t look at the scheme, I didn’t look at the coaches. Everyone has a role. Everyone has a job to do. At times we did our jobs well, and at times we didn’t. At the end of the day, you can only look yourself in the mirror. It was a tough year. You got to learn from it and grow from it.”
Tiki Barber, from the start, didn’t think Murray would be a good fit in Chip Kelly’s offense. Barber’s thinking: Murray is a downhill runner, and Kelly’s offense involves a lot of dancing and side stepping at the line of scrimmage.
“It was a difficult transition,” Murray admitted. “I feel like it could have been better if I was getting more reps in practice and in games, but I wasn’t. We obviously had Sproles (and) Ryan Mathews – two really good running backs. Those guys deserved their carries as well, but the reps were so limited in practice that I wasn’t getting enough reps during the week to make me really feel comfortable with the looks and whatnot. That was the hardest thing for me. But I am a downhill runner. I do enjoy that a little bit more.”
Still, Murray is by no means a disgruntled employee. He plans to remain in Philadelphia and would “definitely” not return to Dallas. In fact, he said that “those days are long gone.”
“I am there for the long haul,” Murray said. “I signed four years. It’s a little crazy. There’s all these reports and I don’t know where they’re coming from. I never listen to the media, I never listen to the fans. I don’t let things like that, outsiders, bother me. I’m very strong mentally. It’s been a little challenging this year because (of all these reports). Whatever. At this point, I’m used to it. But I’ll be in Philadelphia.”