DeMarco Murray Is Finally Starting To Feel Like Himself, Because No ONe Feels Like Themselves When They Suck
Yardbarker- “I finally feel like myself,” Murray said, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Everyone is starting to settle down and get their legs underneath them.”
Murray has now rushed for 195 yards and two scores over the last two weeks, both Eagles wins. He started the 2015 season with 29 carries for just 45 yards (1.6 yards per carry) over the first three games.
“Collectively, we’re playing well right now,” Murray said. “But it has a lot to do with how we prepare during the week… Everyone has looked in the mirror and we got better as a group.”
Hey, I understand that DeMarco Murray is a very talented running back. The numbers from leading the league in rushing by like 500 yards last year don't lie, even if they are a bit inflated because of the greatness of the Cowboys offensive line. I understand that his embarrassing low statistics to start this year were just as much a product of his performance as they were the product of getting used to a brand new running scheme.
Although, I do believe that it does bear noting that players only feel like themselves when they are performing well. DeMarco Murray was a good player that was playing badly, but there have been plenty of bad players that have had spurts of playing well. You never see those players regress back to their actual mean and talk about how they feel like themselves again. How funny would it be if Brandon Weedon was being interviewed about losing his starting job to Matt Cassell and he was just like "I'm comfortable with it, I'm finally back to being myself here on this bench"? You never see the backup running have a 100 yard game out of nowhere then look relieved on the sidelines when he's back to getting 4 carries a game the next week. Some teams have to be bad. Some players on those teams have to underperform. Not everyone can be the best player in the league. Some players do have to feel like themselves when they are putting up subpar statistics. That's just a fact. There are a bunch of borderline NFL players that could be out of the league as soon as tomorrow, and it's not because they simply had a day where they didn't feel like themselves. Maybe sometimes yourself just isn't good enough. It's just kind of ironic that DeMarco Murray didn't feel like himself until he was good enough. What a coincidence...