THREE days ago someone on the NFL’s website wrote about an exec who said he’d take former Eagles RB LeSean McCoy over current Eagles RB Demarco Murray “Any day”. The story’s writer dismissed the exec’s evaluation as “silly”, and then proceeded to talk about all the wrong things.
Personally, I agree with the NFL exec. If I were building a team from scratch, had to pick a RB and my choices were McCoy or Murray, I’d take McCoy with zero hesitation. Zero.
The guy who wrote the articles basically said that both RB’s were products of their skills being well matched with with the systems they played in, also saying that neither would thrive in the system the other played in.
That’s complete horse shit.
Could Shady (McCoy) have regularly run through wide open holes? Sure he could have. He can accelerate quickly through a hole and then find a second gear beyond the line of scrimmage. He’s not known for running through tacklers (though he does), but his gift is his ability to set up his cuts well. The guy could make you miss him in a phonebooth.
Could Murray have bounced around and routinely created his own openings? No. Not at all. Murray is a one cut runner who is not known for creating what isn’t given to him before reaching the line of scrimmage. He’s more known for the extra yards he makes after contact, than for being able to salvage a poorly blocked play.
I’m planting this flag now, because we have an interesting opportunity here. The Shady vs. Murray debate isn’t new, but unlike most debates of this nature (which tend to go down as what-if’s), Chip Kelly has made it possible to get an answer. Murray will now get to play in the same system that McCoy played in for the last two years, piling up 2,900 rushing yards in that span. Murray if he’s as good as McCoy, should put up about 1,300 – 1,600 yards this year. If he’s better he should put up more. That is unless, somehow, someway, someone has messed up our Offensive Line since last year.
But (at least for the moment), that’s neither here nor there.
Still for my money, I’m rolling with Shady.