By Peter Gleason
Little by little, inch by inch and yard by yard, Eagles running back DeMarco Murray has become comfortable in coach Chip Kelly’s offense.
And now he is becoming a leader in the locker room.
Murray ran for 195 yards on 42 carries the last two weeks in a major step up from the anemic 1.6 yards per carry he averaged in his first three games of the season. Murray wants to see the offense continue to make the strides necessary to keep up with what the defense has done this year.
“Everybody’s picking it up. Everyone has looked in the mirror and [said], ‘I have to play better, we have to play better as a group,’” Murray said, via the team’s website.
“We had a huge win last week, and we need to make sure we carry on with that. We’ve been able to prepare tremendously these last couple days and had a great day of practice today. But I think we just have to continue to do the little things right, continue to work hard through the course of the week and make sure we’re watching a lot of film and knowing the tendencies of the defense. Defensively, we’ve been playing great all year, and I think it’s time offensively for us to match their play.”
Murray knows “we’ll have our hands full” with a Panthers defense that’s allowing 18.8 points per game this season and made special note of the Panthers’ outstanding linebackers when talking about the challenges the team will face this week. If they can find a way to beat that defense, the prospects for the second half of the season in Philadelphia will look a lot brighter than they did a few weeks ago.
The Eagles moved to 3-3 with a victory over the Giants on Monday night that gives them a two-game winning streak heading into Sunday night’s trip to Carolina.
Keeping that winning streak going would assure the Eagles of at least a share of first place in the NFC East heading into the bye week. The team’s defense deserves a lot of credit for that after allowing just 24 points over the last two games, but there have been signs of life from the offense for the first time this season as well.