By Michael Donovan
There will come a time today when Eagles coach Chip Kelly will have a revelation:
Even though you have given DeMarco Murray big bucks, it is obvious that Ryan Mathews should be the Birds’ starting running back.
Mathews provided a spark by ripping through the middle of Carolina’s defense for a 63-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter last night. But the Eagles only gave him one carry the rest of the way.
”We had him in there,” coach Chip Kelly said of Mathews. ”He was playing in the third and fourth quarter. There were just pass plays called when he was in there.”
Mathews ran for 97 yards on six carries. DeMarco Murray, the team’s big free agent acquisition this offseason, got 18 carries but averaged 3.6 yards per attempt.
”There’s only one ball,” Mathews said. ”We’ve got three good running backs. We’ve got to make the most of each opportunity we get, and I think that’s what we did.”